Our favourite picks for Spring 2013

Whether you’re an oenologist, an oenophile or someone who just likes to try a new wine from time to time, Wines of the World is an opportunity to taste more than 60 vintages from various countries.

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Must taste

Whether you’re an oenologist, an oenophile or someone who just likes to try a new wine from time to time, Wines of the World is an opportunity to taste more than 60 vintages from various countries. Selected by Steve Thurlow, senior editor of Wine Access magazine, the wines are priced for daily consumption and most are available through LCBO stores.

Sponsored by the Palgrave Rotary Club, with proceeds to community projects, the event takes place on the evening of June 7 at the Caledon Equestrian Park. Tickets are $40 each and include wine, beer and cider, as well as a variety of finger foods. And volunteers with Home James, the designated driver service, will offer a ride home – in your own car.

For information, go to rotaryclubofpalgrave.com or call 905-583-0200.

Must bid

… on a rain barrel. But not just any old rain barrel. These rain barrels have been transformed from drab to dramatic by local artists and elementary students who have teamed up with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and ecoCaledon to auction some of their funkily functional art installations for home gardens.

The auction is part of the Annual Artists’ Rain Barrel Collection & Water Conservation Campaign, which launches May 15 and winds up at Caledon Day on Saturday, June 15. During this month-long community challenge to conserve water, you can bid online to win a favourite painted barrel for your own garden. Auction proceeds support ecoCaledon’s education and scholarship programs.

You can also join the challenge by sharing your own water conservation strategies on Facebook and Twitter, or by buying and painting your own rain barrel – and saving water all summer.

To find out more, go to trca.on.ca/rainbarrelcontest. You’ll find instructions for creating your own painted barrel, locations where the painted barrels are displayed, auction details, and tips for things you and your family can do to help make the campaign a success.

Must explore

The stories of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who have called, and continue to call, Peel Region home are honoured at a permanent exhibition launched in February by the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Through personal tales, music and art, We Are Here – The Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region introduces visitors to the history, traditions and beliefs of the area’s Aboriginal people.

During your visit take time to explore some of PAMA’s other fascinating exhibits, as well as the art gallery and the complex of historic buildings that house the facility. These buildings, some old and some not so old, have their own compelling stories to tell. PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street in downtown Brampton. For information, see pama.peelregion.ca.

Must laugh

Give your funny bone a workout and help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Headwaters Health Care Centre by booking your tickets to see award-winning comedian Steve Patterson, host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters, on Saturday, April 27, at the Orangeville Fairgrounds. Patterson is headlining the festivities at this year’s Celebrate! Dinner and Auction organized by the Headwaters Health Care Foundation to support its Commitment to Care Campaign. Funds raised are earmarked to expand existing services, replace aging equipment and add new medical services.

The evening will also feature music by singer and songwriter Matt Dean, food stations stocked by Gourmandissimo, an open bar, a martini bar and an oyster bar, as well as live and silent auctions.

To get yourself in the mood,  follow the behind-the-scenes blog about activities leading up to the gala. And to find out how to join the fun, buy your tickets online now at www.hhcfoundation.com or 519.941.2702, ext. 2303

Must tune up

There will be music in the air this May when Westminster United Church hosts the 16th annual Orangeville and District Music Festival. From May 6 to 8, young singers and musicians will tune their instruments and showcase their talents in a non-competitive adjudication, and on the evening of May 27 selected performers will present a gala concert.

To find out more about this great opportunity to watch aspiring young artists perform, visit the festival website, odmf.ca.

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