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$0.31 Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Day

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Baskin Robbins will host its third annual 31¢ Scoop Night in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). The national, charitable event invites the public to enjoy a scoop of their favourite ice cream or Soft Serve, in a cup or cone, for only 31¢. Donations will also be accepted in-store. To learn more, visit www.baskinrobbins.ca/cfff

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March Break Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Check out our NEW March Break Exhibit:
“Sciensational Week” at the Butterfly Conservatory

March 12 – 19, 2011  – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sciensational Week Snake

Bring the kids to the Butterfly Conservatory this March Break for a new interactive and educational exhibit featuring native Ontario snakes, reptiles, turtles and amphibians. Animal specialists will be on site to discuss native species at risk and conservation issues. They will also be pleased to assist visitors who may wish to touch and hold the animals.

A native mammal fur exhibit will also be on display throughout the week.

Entrance to the exhibit is included with admission to the Butterfly Conservatory.

Admission: $12.25 for Adults 13+, $7.95 for Children 6 – 12 years and Children 5 and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn plus tax). Free Parking on-site.

Hours of Operation: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last visitors admitted at 4:30 p.m.

Location: The fully accessible Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls. (905) 356-8119. more…

WJC Quarter Final Schedule

January 2:

Canada will play Switzerland in the early game (3:30pm). Will local Mark Visentin start for Canada?

Finland will play Russia in the late (7:30pm).

Both games will be played at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

The United States received a bye by finishing atop Group A, will play the winner of Canada-Switzerland at 7:30pm, while Group B winner, Sweden, will take on either Finland or Russia in the other semi-finals at 3:30pm.

These games will be played a day later, Monday, January 3.

In the Relegation Round, Slovakia will play Norway and the Czech Republic will play Germany on January 2. Two days later, the Czechs will play Slovakia and Germany will tangle with Norway. The bottom two teams among these four will be playing in Division I next year.

Teams carry over the points from games against each other in the preliminary round. Thus, the Czech Republic carry over three points, Slovakia two, Germany one and Norway zero. All Relegation Round games will be played at Dwyer Arena.

The bronze and gold medal games will be played on January 5 at HSBC Arena.

source: iihf.com

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Canada, are you ready for Buffalo?

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Canada has dominated the IIHF World Under 20 Championship. They have medaled at twelve straight times, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 in Buffalo versus Russia. This game promises to be a classic.

Team Canada’s line up is:

Goalkeepers
Mark Visentin, Niagara (OHL)
Olivier Roy, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Defencemen
Jared Cowen, Spokane (WHL)
Simon Després, Saint John (QMJHL)
Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
Erik Gudbranson, Kingston (OHL)
Ryan Ellis, Windsor (OHL)
Tyson Barrie, Kelowna (WHL)
Calvin de Haan, Oshawa (OHL)

Forwards
Sean Couturier, Drummondville (QMJHL)
Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (NCAA)
Zack Kassian, Windsor (OHL)
Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL)
Casey Cizikas, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon (WHL)
Marcus Foligno, Sudbury (OHL)
Ryan Johansen, Portland (WHL)
Louis Leblanc, Montreal (QMJHL)
Cody Eakin, Swift Current (WHL)
Carter Ashton, Tri-City (WHL)
Brett Connolly, Prince George (WHL)

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New Year’s Eve with the Barenaked Ladies & Great Big Sea

Barenaked LadiesNiagara Parks is partnering with Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada to welcome 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls’, a fun-filled evening in celebration of the coming year.

The nationwide fete is an ET Canada exclusive and will kick off at 6:30 pm with a 2 hour live broadcast from the Falls on Friday, December 31 beginning at 10pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli will lead the countdown and ‘rock in’ the New Year with special performances by Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Kardinall Officiall and up and coming Canadian talent Running Red Lights and comedian Calwyn Shurgold.

Kardinall OfficiallThis FREE New Year’s concert in Queen Victoria Park overlooking the Falls draws approximately 30,000 people to the Park, and this year is expected to be no different, so come out and celebrate with us and enjoy two spectacular fireworks displays planned for 9 p.m. and midnight that evening. This outdoor celebration also features food and beverage vendors, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.

Make an evening of it! Start your night off at Elements on the Falls Restaurant, with its unparalleled view of the brink of the Falls at the Table Rock Centre. During the show, Edgewaters Tap and Grill and the Riverview International Buffet, both located at Queen Victoria Place are your closest warm-up spots within steps of the concert stage. Stop in for dinner before the show or warm-up over a late night beverage, all while taking in the beauty of the illumination of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.

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Shaw Festival Castings for the 2011 Season

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell proudly announced today the casting and creative teams for the Shaw Festival’s 50th season. This milestone season will run from April 7 to October 30 on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages and will feature a dazzling array of theatre. See Shaw re-envisioned by both directors and writers, newly commissioned works, plays by a new generation of provocative playwrights, re-explored classics, returning Festival favourites and a special 50th season two-day event, The Speed of Ideas – A Theatrical Forum.

Alluding to the significance of this season, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell stated: “Planning our 50th season has been an amazing journey – how to combine a celebration of our illustrious past and provide a clear vision for the future – showing that we are up and ready to be a vital part of the national and international theatrical conversation for the next 50 years! We are confident that the following plays and the brilliant selection of theatre artists, who will put their hearts and souls into bringing them to you, will achieve all of the above and most likely more!”

The extraordinary collection of Canadian acting talent has been assembled and all are poised to bring this landmark 50th season’s playbill to life. The Shaw warmly welcomes back 2010 Company members Michael Ball, Guy Bannerman, Neil Barclay, Anthony Bekenn, Kyle Blair, Donna Belleville, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Norman Browning, Benedict Campbell, Krista Colosimo, Diana Donnelly, Saccha Dennis, Sharry Flett, Patrick Galligan, Jonathan Gould, Mary Haney, Deborah Hay, Patty Jamieson, Gabrielle Jones, Lorne Kennedy, Peter Krantz, Catherine McGregor, Patrick McManus, Thom Marriott, Julie Martell, Marla McLean, Jim Mezon, Peter Millard, Moya O’Connell, Laurie Paton, Melanie Phillipson, Gray Powell, Ric Reid, David Schurmann, Graeme Somerville, Ken James Stewart, Steven Sutcliffe, Wendy Thatcher, Jay Turvey, Mark Uhre and Jenny L. Wright. In keeping with the Festival’s emphasis on nurturing the careers of emerging theatre artists, participants of the Slaight Family Foundation’s 2010 inaugural Mandate Intensive — Julia Course, Ijeoma Emesowum, Robin Evan Willis, Billy Lake, Colin Lepage, Anthony Malarky, Craig Pike, Cherissa Richards, Louie Rossetti, Ben Sanders, Jacqueline Thair and Kelly Wong return, along with new members of the Company Heather McGuigan and Jonathan Tan. more…

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TasteCamp Niagara 2011


TasteCamp is coming to Niagara in 2011.  The concept for TasteCamp is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend. Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front new audiences, it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them. This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses — including for their hotel rooms — and meals. Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.

For recent information on TasteCamp follow: http://tastecampnorth.tumblr.com/

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Take the Cake Skateboarding Event by West 49

West 49 Take the Cake presented by Schick Xtreme3 and the Axe Twist Amateur Open is Canada’s largest cash purse event in Canadian skateboarding history with $100,000.00 CDN in prize money being awarded. Thirteen of the worlds best international skaters will descend on Niagara Falls Oct 1-2, 2010 to showcase their tricks on a best trick stair set up.

Skaters Attending:

Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Torey Pudwill, Sierra Fellers, Corey Duffel, Darrell Stanton, Alex Olson, Chima Ferguson, Brandon Westgate, Shuriken Shannon, Nick Dompierre, Paul Trep, Grant Patterson and Tom Asta.

Tickets:

$10 per Day: $15 for Weekend

Event Highlights
October 1: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Pro Autograph Session and Axe Twist Amateur Open Qualifiers.

October 2: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Axe Twist Amateur Open Finals, Pro Autograph Session, Live Performance Featuring SHAD and the West 49 Take the Cake Competition.

Visit www.west49takethecake.com for more information

Free: Learn to Sing at the Shaw Festival

Are you a shower soprano? A bathroom bass or baritone? A timid tenor? Ever wondered if you could sing like the pros? The Shaw Festival invites all singers of all levels to take part in a free musical theatre workshop on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Festival Theatre’s rehearsal hall as part of the inaugural national Culture Days.

Conducted by Music Director Paul Sportelli and Associate Conductor Ryan deSouza, members of the Shaw Festival’s ensemble will guide participants through the process of how to Sing Like the Pros! and provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the world of musical theatre. Enter through the stage door and become part of The Shaw’s renowned acting ensemble for the day. more…

Niagara Falls International Marathon


The Niagara Falls International Marathon celebrated its inaugural running in 1974. The race was known as the Skylon Marathon. Beginning during the first wave of the North American running boom, it quickly became a favourite as it was, and still is, the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another… a destination marathon that crosses an international border, providing the runners with an experience of a lifetime. Niagara Falls International Marathon is also a Boston Qualifier.

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Golf and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara

Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a variety of mentoring programs for children and youth throughout our community. It’s their goal as an organization to work towards providing a mentor to every child in need of a mentor in Niagara Falls. To address the growing need for volunteer mentors, BBBS has increased their volunteer recruitment efforts, streamlined our intake process, and added a variety of new Mentoring programs to meet the changing needs of volunteers. These strategies have resulted in a significant increase in children participating in programs over the last few years. In 2007, over 190 children were involved in one of our programs. Last year, we offered services to over 100 additional children, which means that close to 300 children in our community were impacted by the presence of a caring, volunteer mentor.

However, Big Brothers Big Sisters still has a lot of work to do. They have close to 50 children on our waiting list, some of whom have been waiting for close to 18 months. There are several schools waiting for BBBS to be in a position where they can offer one of our popular School Based programs to their students. In short, there are many children still waiting for that special person to make a difference in their lives. As John Crosbie said, “A mentor is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” We want to make a difference in the lives of these children.

You can help! – The 2010 Golf For Kids Sake is one of our most crucial fundraising events every year. This golf tournament helps us raise close to $30,000 annually, which in turn helps us find more volunteers to support those children in our community in need of a mentor.

Please consider joining us this year, as we strive to fill our tournament, and increase our sponsorship levels.

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On this day in Niagara Falls History – August 17

newspaperThe first public hanging on record in the Niagara peninsula took place outside the jail in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Monday morning, August 17, 1801.

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Patrick Kane bringings the Stanley Cup to Niagara

Patrick Kane is bringing the Stanley Cup to Niagara Falls USA tomorrow Thursday August 12th! You are invited to be on Goat Island at 9 a.m. when Mayor Paul Dyster will present Kane with a key to the city.


What’s Happenning this Weekend in Niagara Falls

Enjoy Free Concerts and Fireworks Over the Civic Holiday Long Weekend

Fireworks over Niagara FallsLooking for fun this long weekend? Head to Niagara Falls for free Coca Cola Concerts on the Illumination Tower Stage, the youDiscover music and comedy series and Canada’s longest running fireworks series over Niagara Falls, sponsored by Pizza Pizza.

Coca Cola Concert Series
The free Coca Cola Concert Series takes place at 8 p.m. on the Illumination Tower Stage next to Queen Victoria Place, directly across from the Falls.

Concert goers will have the best view of the fireworks displays, making for the perfect family outing.

Coca Cola Concert Series lineup for long weekend:
Saturday, July 31 – Last Exit * NOTE: NO FIREWORKS ON SATURDAY *
Sunday, August 1 – Borderline
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Stone Road Grille’s Food Day Menu

Food Day was founded in 2003 as The World’s Longest BBQ in response to the sanction of Canada’s beef exports by our largest trading partner and the dramatic hardship it imposed on our agricultural community. The BBQ was a huge success and has evolved into Food Day, an annual mid-summer celebration when we share Canada’s rich culinary heritage, our delicious northern bounty and the best managed food system on the planet.

– July 31st, 2010 –
HOUSE CURED CHARCUTERIE AND PRESERVES
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SELECTION OF CANADIAN OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL
Preserved Lemon Mignonette
Southbrook Vineyards Biodynamic Fresh White 2009
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CHEF’S SALAD
Bibb Lettuce, Pingue Prosciutto, Niagara Gold Cheese, Eric’s Confit Duck,
Line 4 Quail’s Egg, Nicoise Olives, Tommy Gomes Tomato “Raisins”
Bob Hicks Fine Herb Niagara Vidal Vinaigrette
Southbrook Vineyards 2009 Biodynamic Cabernet Rose
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SUSTAINABLY CAUGHT MIKUNI WILD HARVEST HALIBUT
Pan Roasted with House Nduja Sauce, Sautéed BC Sea Asparagus
Southbrook Vineyards 2008 Organic Chardonnay “Triomphe”
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Canada Day Fireworks

Video of the Fireworks show on Canada Day July 1st, 2010.

Canada Day Family Fun with Free Concerts, Falls Fireworks

Fireworks over Niagara Falls

Enjoy Free Concerts and Falls Fireworks for Canada Day and Independence Day Long Weekend

Looking for fun this Canada Day? Head to Niagara Falls for free Coca Cola Concerts on the Illumination Tower Stage and Canada’s longest running fireworks series, sponsored by Pizza Pizza.

Pizza Pizza Falls Fireworks
Special Canada Day Fireworks will take place on Thursday, July 1, Friday, July 2 and Sunday, July 4. Plan to return to see the fireworks again as part of the annual series that runs every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and holiday at 10 p.m.  through July and August, and every Friday from September 10 to October 8.

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Bobcat Goldthwait Live at Seneca Niagara Casino

Fasten your seatbelts!

The Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino is proud to present Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Director Bobcat Goldthwait Friday, July 16th!

On Friday, July 16th, The Bear’s Den Showroom welcomes Comedian, Actor, and Director Bobcat Goldthwait.  Born in the outskirts of Hollywood (Syracuse, New York) in 1962, Bobcat Goldthwait wrote and directed his first film “Shakes The Clown” in 1991. A dark cult comedy, “Shakes” was heralded by the Boston Globe as the –“Citizen Cane of Alcoholic clown movies, and lays claim to such fans as Martin Scorsese and Michael Stipe” – in fact; the REM song “Binky the Doormat” was based on a line from “Shakes The Clown”.  Goldthwait’s next movie “Windy City Heat” appeared in the Cine Vegas Film Festival in 04 and won best film at the Montreal Comedy Festival that year. Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park) has called “Windy City Heat” –“beyond genius” and Vice Magazine called it, -“quite simply the greatest movie of all time”. “Sleeping Dogs Lie” marked Bobcat’s third feature film as a director. Written by Goldthwait, and financed by friends and pawn shops, the movie was shot entirely during a two week hiatus from his job directing “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2004-2006). It was chosen to compete in Sundance’s 2006 Dramatic competition, and was also in the London, Toronto, and San Sebastian Film Festivals that year. “Sleeping Dogs Lie” is Goldthwait’s best reviewed work to date, and was hailed as “earnest and improbably moving” by Esquire Magazine, and “demonically funny and surprisingly sweet” by Rolling Stone. Bobcat credits his failure to appear in the film as a good part of its success.

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Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at the Shaw Festival

Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.


The Doctor’s Dilemma, the first of two productions by the Shaw Festival’s namesake, begins previews June 10th at the Festival Theatre. Morris Panych directs this comic piece that poses some very relevant questions: when medical resources are limited, should a doctor decide who receives treatment and should those who can afford treatment be the first in line to receive it?

With his usual distinctive wit, Shaw tests the humanity of a doctor and presents a moral dilemma. Sir Colenso Ridgeon (Patrick Galligan) has discovered a lifesaving cure, but faces an ethical quandary. With only enough of his new cure for tuberculosis left for one patient, who should he save? Dr. Blenkinsop (Ric Reid), a kindly colleague who serves the poor, or the extremely talented but unscrupulous young artist Louis Dubedat (Jonathan Gould), who also happens to have a beautiful young wife (Krista Colosimo)? more…

Ready to Test Your Legs and Treat Your Taste Buds?

Run through Ontario’s stunning vineyards, over big green hills and take in the sun bright in the early summer sky.  First of its kind in Canada, this unique run winds through Twenty Valley wine country showcasing Ontario’s stunning vineyards and premier wineries. The run finishes in downtown Jordan where all runners and supporters are invited to celebrate at the Finish Area Street Party. more…