Maple Syrup was on tap in Elgin County this past weekend, and many families took the opportunity to visit a local sugar bush. Both Springwater Conservation Area and Palmer’s Maple Syrup serve up syrup-making education along with pancakes and the sweet taste of spring Saturdays and Sundays in March. Springwater is also open all week during the March Break.
The 2013 Active Elgin Guide was recently released, making it easier to find ways to be active in Elgin County. And now Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has started a new initiative to bring together people who are interested in promoting running, walking and cycling within St. Thomas and Elgin County.
The Active Elgin Guide contains sports, leisure and recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities, located across the county. The activities range from team sports to art classes and many more. It is produced by the Active Elgin Coalition, made up of organizations committed to building healthy communities and making sports, leisure and recreational information easier to find.
Volunteers from Monarch Watch and Hawk Cliff Banders shared the ins and outs of tagging and banding with butterfly- and bird-watchers this past Sunday (Sept 23), the second of two September Hawk Cliff weekends.
The Healthy Communities Partnership needs your input on ways to improve conditions for active transportation in Elgin County and St. Thomas. Here's a recent news release from the Partnership.
St. Thomas, Ontario, July 30, 2012 – This spring an online survey was launched asking residents of Elgin St Thomas to share their thoughts on cycling, walking, skateboarding, rollerblading, and other forms of activity. All completed surveys will be entered for a chance to win a new bicycle. The online survey will be closing in August and we need to hear from as many residents as possible.
Railway Day Camp will provide children with a chance to to experience what it was like during the Railway Age in St. Thomas. The camp is being offered August 20th - 24th by the Canada Southern Railway Station & Elgin County Railway Museum.
Miller Park was the perfect place to bring your prize car or your kids on Canada Day in West Lorne. A shaded area in Miller Park was the venue for the Optimist Club of West Lorne breakfast and Show & Shine car/van show. Starting early afternoon families with kids found fun at the Country Carnival with facepainting, games, bouncy castle and other entertainments. Then it was on to the Fish Fry and Fireworks to complete a busy July 1 at the park.
It was the 15th Annual Lion’s Club Father’s Day Car Show at Pinafore Park on Sunday. Even with the weather a bit “iffy”, the park was filled with people enjoying the cars, food music and displays.
Tractors and toys (really big ones) rolled into the Shedden Keystone Complex for the 59th Annual Shedden Tractor Pull on Friday (June 15, 2012).
Several St. Thomas running enthusiasts answered the invitation to end 2011 with one last fun filled run on Saturday December 31st. Terri Biloski of Run For Your Life, a St. Thomas specialty centre for running programs and gear has organized the run for the past several years.
For this race, speed doesn’t matter. No timing devices are allowed and runners are asked to predict their finish time over 5km or 10km, then just run for the sheer enjoyment of it.
And judging by the looks on everyone’s faces, they did just that.
The Timken Community Centre opened in October 2005 with two NHL size rinks, rubberized fitness track and multi-use facility. Over the past six years it has been, at times, bursting with hockey and other activities. However, without on-going programming to make use of the facility throughout the day and week, the community investment was not living up to its full potential.
That changed this past summer, when St. Thomas Parks and Recreation brought on board Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Koning. Her mission was to coordinate and introduce programming for all of the Parks & Recreation Facilities throughout the city (including The Timken Centre, Memorial Arena, parks and trails) with an eye to providing affordable recreation opportunities for families, youth, teens and adults, and to promoting facility use.