This Weekend in London

June

School is out today for all kids in the LDCSB and the TVDSB which means it’s time for some fun! Celebrate the end of school by getting out and having some fun!

STORYBOOK GARDENS GRAND OPENING

This weekend is the official Grand Opening of Gnorbert’s Garden at Storybook Gardens. Come to Storybook to explore their new urban farm and butterfly garden to learn about planting and be inspired to start your own at home! Get those little green thumbs growing into the earth young. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from the young and old.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

The London International Food Festival is this weekend in Victoria Park. Come downtown between 11:00am and 11:00pm on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 to enjoy the entertainment, the exhibitors and of course, the over 50 food booths to choose from. Come hungry!

OPA GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Outdoor Greek Festival runs this Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Admission is free for everyone to come an enjoy live music, dancing, and of course the food! For the full schedule and all information, see HERE.

COMMUNITY CPR DAY

The City of London is hosting another Community CPR Day on June 27 and June 28. This is an opportunity for all to earn their CPR-A certification. Whether you have small children at home, have aging parents, or work with populations of people, CPR is a vital skill that all people would benefit from knowing. This is great on a resume for all teens and babysitters as well! Only $5 per person for the 2.5 hour clinic.  For dates and times and to register, see HERE.

MOVIE TIME

If you’re wanting to get out and see a movie this weekend to celebrate summer, there is a lot playing for kids! Saturday at 11:00am, Silver City Masonville has the classic Popeye for their Family Favourite Presentation. The fantastic animated film Inside Out is playing at the Mustang Drive-In on one side and Jurassic World on the other.

Tim Hortons Free Swim

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Every summer the local Tim Hortons’ in our area sponsor free swims at the City of London outdoor pools. These swims are a great chance to try out your closest pool or pool hop to another one that you’ve never had the chance to visit! Below is a list of all of the pools participating and the dates and times of their Tim Hortons free swims.

Byron Pool
1130 Brock Lane

July 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 26 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

East Lions Pool
1731 Churchill Ave

July 12 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm

July 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 28 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Gibbons Pool
2B Grosvenor Street

July 07 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Glen Cairn Pool
370 Chippendale Cres

July 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northeast Pool
1050 Victoria Ave

July 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northridge Pool
15 McLean Drive

July 09 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Oakridge Pool
825 Valetta Street

July 05 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Southcrest Pool
15 Hazelwood Avenue

July 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 18 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Silverwood Pool
36 Sycamore Street

July 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stonarch Pool
1221 Sandford Street

July 05 from 3:00- 5:30  pm

July 14 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 28 from 6:00- 8:00 pm

Thames Pool
15 Ridout Street

July 04 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Westminster Pool
650 Osgoode Drive

July 08 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 24 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 08 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

City Outdoor Pools

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June brings sunshine and with sunshine comes heat and with heat comes the desire to jump in a big pool! If you don’t have your own in your backyard or you just don’t feel like cleaning it, we have some good news! The City of London Aquatics department begins opening their outdoor pools this week for weekends.

BYRON POOL

1330 Brock Lane

Opening June 27

EAST LIONS POOL

1731 Churchill Ave

Opening June 6

Saturdays 11:30 to 2:30

Sundays 2:30 to 5:30pm

GIBBONS POOL

2B Grosvenor Street

Opening June 27

GLEN CAIRN POOL

370 Chippendale Cres

Opening June 27

NORTHEAST POOL

1050 Victoria Ave

Opening June 27

NORTHRIDGE POOL

15 McLean Drive

Opening June 27

OAKRIDGE POOL

825 Valetta Street

Opening June 13 

SOUTHCREST POOL

15 Hazelwood Ave

Opening June 27

SILVERWOOD POOL

36 Sycamore Street

Opening June 27

STRONACH POOL

1221 Sandford Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 12:00 to 3:00pm

Sundays 3:00 to 6:00pm

THAMES POOL

15 Ridout Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

WESTMINSTER POOL

650 Osgoode Drive

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Water Restrictions

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Beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 1, the water restriction for outdoor water use comes into effect and will last until the end of August. It is time to turn off the hoses and start paying attention to the calendar.

WATER RESTRICTION

To conserve water in London during the warmer months, Londoners are expected to only use their hoses on the dates that correspond to their house number.

  • on even calendar dates, only those with municipal addresses ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 may use external water
  • on odd calendar dates, only those with municipal addresses ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 may use external water

NEW:

There is currently a by-law awaiting approval that will remove water restrictions on weekends and statutory holidays this summer.

CONSERVING WATER

  • Your lawn only requires one inch of water per week to survive and thrive through the warmer months. Instead of turning on the sprinkler every other day, buy yourself a rain gauge which will measure the total amount of rain that your lawn gets every week, and then adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. Watering during the day will result in most of the water being evaporated.
  • Using mulch on your gardens will reduce the need for watering by keeping soil moist and preventing evaporation, as well as help with weeds.
  • Set your lawn mower to trim a little bit longer and allow the grass clippings to stay on your lawn. This will add nutrients back to the soil and act as a mulch for your grass which will prevent evaporation and keep the soil moist.
  • For more water conservation tips, see HERE.

 

Shift London – Phase 2

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Last month we told you about Shift London, London’s rapid transit initiative that has been introduced to the city and is going to advance now onto phase two of development. Once again, the City of London is wanting to share information with you and is asking for your input in return. This is going to be a big step for our city, so please consider whether you can attend one of their two Public Information Centres.

WHAT IS SHIFT?

Shift is a bold and important initiative for transportation for london. It focuses on rapid transit as part – along with cars, bikes and pedestrians – of the transportation systems that will help our city grow and prosper.

Shift will define where Rapid Transit will go, what it will look like, and how it will be implemented. (see: source for more information)

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

All Londoners are invited to attend one of two Public Information Centres next week to present the preliminary recommended Rapid Transit corridors and feedback that was received so far. The centres are drop-in open houses with information displayed.

Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm

Western Fair District, Agriplex

RSVP HERE

Saturday, May 30 at 10:00am

Goodwill Centre, 255 Horton Street

RSVP HERE

Golfing with the City

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Do you like to golf? Does your partner? Golfing is a great way to get active during the warmer months. It’s a great sport to play when you want to hang out and catch up with friends, but also feel like you got a little exercise in when it’s all said and done. With all of the walking, the swinging and the laughing, you’ll be relaxed and ready for a nap when you’re all done ;)

The City of London has three great, affordable golf courses spread out in the west, east and southeast. They have membership options, unlimited (one-time fee and unlimited golf through the season) and regular (membership fee, plus reduced rates for each round all season), as well as non-member options.

WHERE

FANSHAWE GOLF COURSE is located in northeast London, 2835 Sunningdale Road East. This is the first golf course in Canada to be fully accessible and is great for families. They have two 18-hole courses.

RIVER ROAD GOLF COURSE is located in southeast London, 2115 River Road. River Road is known for it’s scenic views and more challenging 18-hole course.

THAMES VALLEY GOLF COURSE is located in west London off of Riverside Drive, 850 Sunninghill Ave. Featuring both an 18-hole and a 9-hole course, the latter is ideal for families and kids just learning how to play.

TEE TIME

First tee time is at 7:00am from Monday through Friday, 6:30am on weekends, beginning this Saturday, May 23.

They are open seven days a week.

Power carts are available and must be reserved in advance. See HERE for more information.

GREEN FEES AND MEMBERSHIPS

Green fees vary based on time of day, course, age, and membership, from $20-42 for guests and $10-21 for members.

For full fee information see HERE.

If you (or your partner or your kid!) play more than 15 rounds of golf per season, getting a membership is an economical choice. For rates and information, see HERE.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming Lessons

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It may be hard to believe with the weather that we had on Easter morning, but summer is just around the corner! With summer comes the heat and the best way to beat the heat is to swim, of course. Whether you own a pool, have access to a pool or rarely make a splash, learning to swim is a vital life skill that all kids should learn to do. Just for safety’s sake, learning to fall in safely, swim to safety, and tread water are the bare minimum things that people of all ages should comfortably do to increase their chances of survival in the water and to have fun at a pool party! And if your child ends up becoming a little fish, they can always go on to be the next Michael Phelps or get the best summer job ever as a lifeguard.

London has many places to sign your kids up for lessons this spring to get them prepped and ready for the summer months. It’s a great time for a little refresher of their skills.

AQUATIC SERVICES

The City of London, Aquatic Services offers the most extensive variety of swimming and water safety lessons through the Red Cross for every level from babies to lifeguards. Lessons focus on both learning the strokes and how to swim, as well as how to survive and/or help in water situations.  They are offered at the city’s three indoor pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre in northwest London, South London Community Pool in south London, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre in east London), as well as out of Stony Creek YMCA. They have lessons for younger children during the weekdays, lessons after school, and on weekends. Their spring session begins at the end of April. The City of London has financial assistance available for families who cannot afford to pay for lessons on their own.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LONDON

The Boys and Girls Club in downtown London offers Red Cross swimming lessons for all levels and ages. Lessons are open to both members and non-members. The spring session has lessons on either Tuesdays or Saturdays beginning the last week in April/first week in May.

EXCEL SWIM SCHOOL

Excel has six levels and a swim team. The program has been designed by swim coach and former Olympian, Paul Midgley, to prepare kids for swim teams and competitive swimming. Lessons are run out of Robarts pool in east London and the swim team is out of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. Their spring session runs from May to June.

FINAN SWIM SCHOOL

Finan has created their own swimming levels (Tiny Tot 1&2, Learn to Swim 1&2, Level 1-10). Finan focuses only on learning swimming strokes, not on water safety skills. Their spring session begins next week (mid-April). Finan operates out of two pools: the Ramada Inn on Exeter Road in south London and Sugar Creek (off Proudfoot Lane) in west London.

JOLLY SWIM SCHOOL

Jolly Swim School has over a dozen different swim levels beginning with Moms & Tots and advancing all the way up to Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. They teach lessons out of the Berkshire Club in southwest London on Sunday mornings. Their spring begins next week.

YMCA

There are three YMCA’s in London and all offer swimming lessons. The Bob Hayward YMCA in southeast London has their own levels for children from 3 months old up to 12 years old. The Centre Branch downtown offers the same YMCA levels as well as Swim-Able, a small class lesson for children with learning or behavioural barriers that prevent them from succeeding in regular swimming lessons. Stoney Creek YMCA in north London has swimming lessons that follow the Red Cross levels.

MAKING WAVES

Although Making Waves does not have a spring session, it is definitely worth mentioning and remembering for anyone who has a child with special needs. Children with disabilities are given 1:1 lessons with a volunteer lifeguard (Western students!) on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter. The lessons are held at the UWO Campus in the Western Student Recreation Facility. Children are taught swimming skills at their own pace and ability.

Spring-Summer Spectrum 2015

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The City of London Spring-Summer Spectrum was released last week and registration for all programs begins this morning, February 23rd at 8:30am.  The Spectrum can be found online or hard copies can be picked up at local arenas, indoor swimming pools, community centres, and libraries. The lessons and programs found in this Spectrum begin in April and run through to the end of August. This is also when you will be able to register your children for City of London Parks and Recreation day camps for the summer, swimming lessons at the outdoor pools, and all of the summer athletic leagues for adults, so take a look!

Registration can still be done online, by phone or in person. To register online, go HERE. You will need your client ID and your Account PIN if you have registered for Spectrum courses previously. Call customer service if you are unsure of your ID or PIN and cannot retrieve it by clicking Forget Password? Online courses must be payed for by credit card.

To register by phone call customer service 519-661-5575 Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm. Phone registrations will require the course code and must be paid for by credit card as well.

To register in person, visit one of the following six locations. Payments can be made in cash, credit card, debit or cheque (post-dated cheques not accepted).

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street
North London Optimist Community Centre, 1345 Cheapside Street
Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Road North
Market Tower, 151 Dundas Street, 3rd floor
South London Community Pool, 585 Bradley Avenue
Kiwanis Senior Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive

For information on financial assistance, see HERE.

Summer Jobs with the City

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It may be snowy and cold out right now, but if you have a teen or older child thinking about getting a job this summer or even if you are thinking about finding a new job yourself, then now is the time to apply! The City of London is hiring for many of their summer programs and are currently accepting applications.

AQUATICS

The City of London Aquatics department is a fantastic summer employment opportunity. The City is currently hiring for building attendants to clean and maintain the pools, cashiers for the pools, wading pool lifeguard, and instructor/lifeguards for the indoor and outdoor city pools. All aquatic staff must have a current Emergency First Aid and CPR, as well as a Vulnerable Persons police screening. Please see individual listings for the specific qualifications, especially for lifeguarding.

DAY CAMPS/PLAYGROUNDS

If playing with children all day sounds like the ideal job, then one of the positions within Day Camps and Playgrounds are where you should look. This would be a great place to get experience working with kids with special needs and disabilities, kids in diverse social situations, organizing groups and leading groups through activities. They are hiring positions such as Playleader, Camp Counsellor, and Tennis Instructor.

GOLF

The City of London runs three golf course in town and they are hiring for their summer staff. They are looking for people for their food service crew staff and supervisors, golf course starter/ranger, and pro shop cashier.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is the place to be in the summer! If you love kids and love being outside, have a look at some of the positions available inside the castle this summer. Concessions, building and ground attendants, Play Leaders, Day Camp and Mini Camp Counsellors are just a few of the exciting ways to spend the summer months.

Don’t delay with your applications! Each posting has it’s own closing dates – some are this Friday, January 23, some are mid-February.