Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Mother's Day in Elgin County

Treat your mom locally this Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Open House at Heritage Line Herbs
Door prizes, unique gifts for mom, mother's day gift bags and enjoy the bounty of spring around us. Stroll the grounds and sip tea.

May 10 & 11
53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer

Sales, food samples, and fun! High Tea Lunch on Sunday (reservation required). Gifts for the first five moms each day.

Steed & Co Lavender Mother's Day Season Opening
May 11
47589 Sparta Line, Sparta

Celebrate Mother's Day at Steed & Co Lavender's season opening. Discover another exciting lavender season.

Mother's Day Breakfast at Backus-Page House
May 11
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown

Brunch at Pinecroft's Green Frog Tea Room
May 11
8122 Rogers Rd., Aylmer

Treat Mom to a delicious homemade meal at Pinecroft's Green Frog Tea Room. Make your reservation early!

Mother's Day Open House at Wildflowers Farm
May 11
42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Egg Hunts in Elgin

The Easter Bunny will be making lots of appearances around Elgin County this weekend! 

Easter Egg Train Rides on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail
Port Stanley
April 18, 19 & 20
Trains depart at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm
Tickets: Adults $15, Children (2-12) $9


Although the bunny doesn't speak much, he is very friendly and has lost some eggs along the station grounds at Union. Children and adults alike will enjoy the railway version of this popular tradition! 

Belmont HUB Easter Egg Hunt
Union Street Park, Belmont

April 18
11:00 a.m. 

Children are divided up into several different age groups and each group hunts for "eggs" (golf balls) in a different area of the park. The eggs that they find are exchanged for goodie bags of treats at the end of the hunt. Each child receives a candy bag regardless of how many balls they find. At the end of the hunt the Easter Bunny will be on hand to say hello to the children. There is also a BBQ at the end of the hunt. 

St. Thomas Kinsmen Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Pinafore Park, Main Pavilion, St. Thomas
April 19
10:30 a.m.

There will be face painting, food and refreshments available. 

Easter Bunny Visits Sparta
Sparta House Tea Room, Downtown Sparta
April 19

Kids can get a free picture with the Easter Bunny, then have it mounted for free at Robson Studio's. Draws, Easter egg hunts and specials at participating businesses. Donations to the Caring Cupboard gratefully appreciated. 

Rodney Easter Egg Hunt
Rodney Park, Rodney

April 19
Contact Number: (519) 785-0415

West Lorne Easter Egg Hunt
142 Chestnut St., West Lorne
Contact Number: (519) 768-3306

Friday, 11 April 2014

Elgin County Local Food Challenge a Success

Elgin County Economic Development and the Elgin County Homes have successfully completed the 2013 Local Food Challenge to increase the amount of local food served in Elgin’s three long-term care facilities. 

“This project highlights Elgin County’s commitment to local food and to supporting our local businesses and agricultural producers,” said Warden David Marr.

With a $15,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund, Elgin was able meet its goal of increasing local food purchases in its Homes from 9% in 2012 to 15% in 2013, spending a total of $116,050.30 on local (Ontario) food. The challenge was accomplished by partnering with distributor Sysco to source more local and Ontario food, purchasing directly from local producers, and engaging Homes residents in events such as special dinners and cook-offs featuring local ingredients.

“This partnership between the Economic Development Department and the Elgin County Homes highlights that local food purchases can be increased in facilities,” said Business Development Coordinator, Kate Burns. “By connecting with local producers for menu items staff and residents were able to make a meaningful and positive connection with the food they were eating and where it came from – something they hope to continue in the future.”  

“Residents really liked knowing that food they were enjoying was sourced from farmers and distributors within their own communities,” added AnneMarie Atkinson, Manager of Support Services at Terrace Lodge.

For more information about the Local Food Challenge or the Greenbelt Fund contact Kate Burns at (519) 631-1460 ext. 137 or e-mail kburns@elgin-county.on.ca.  

Business Development Coordinator, Kate Burns accepts a certificate on behalf of the County of Elgin at a Greenbelt ceremony honouring Local Food Challenge participants in Toronto on March 4, 2014.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Running in Elgin

Safe towns and villages, 120 km of scenic shoreline and hundreds of kilometres of trails through lush Carolinian forest provide the ideal locales for running enthusiasts. Whether you are a beginner or an expert Elgin County's running community has an event for you! 

Mud Dog Run 

April 6, 2014 Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer, ON

Run through the picturesque woods of Elgin County and enjoy the scenic views as you navigate the moderately challenging terrain while running 5km or 10km. Watch out for mud! 

Bring your four-legged friend to run along with you for the Doggy Dash! This will be a 5k distance only and all dogs must be leashed. 
If you have children with the yearning to get out and run bring them along as well for the low cost Mud Puppy Run! There will be prizes for all kids and this will be a short distance on a flat trail only.

Apr 06 10:00 AM - Mud Puppy Run

Apr 06 10:30 AM - 5K, 10K & Doggy Dash

Apr 06 10:35 AM - Walk & Wag

Progressive Saturdays Running Group

These group runs are part of Run for Your Life training programs and are included with your RFYLifer’s membership or any training package.These runs are $10 for non-members.
Runs start at 7:00am and 8:00am with a post run stretch at 10:00am (or just shortly after) followed by social time at host location!
Each Saturday, we will partner with a different member of Savour Elgin and run in the most picturesque locations throughout Elgin County. 

Run to the Beach

May 25, 2014
Half Marathon from St. Thomas to Port Stanely

The Grape Escape

June 8, 2014
2.5km, 5km & 10km run around the beautiful vineyard at Quai Du Vin Estate Winery

Extreme Elgin

June 21, 2014
Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer, ON

Extreme Elgin LogowithTagMilitary obstacles through Springwater Conservation Area. You will need to run, climb, crawl, swim, there will be mud and water, there will be obstacles that will test you like no other race.


Canada Day/Canfest Firefighters/Lions 27km Run - Port Stanley

July 1, 2014
Port Stanley

Join the festivities in Port Stanley for Canada Day Canfest weekend with the 2 annual Port Stanley Canfest Firefighters/Lions 27km and 5km road race.


The Shoreline Run

August 1, 2014

Run on the shore, in the water, in the clay, any way you can for 9K.

Reach the Beach

August 8, 2014 

2.5 & 5 km road races. $25 to $50 (depending on date of registration)