The following is a listing of programs offered throughout the Township by numerous volunteer groups, clubs, individuals and organizations. Please contact these organizations directly for any further information or details.
Adult Softball League
Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #207, Delta
Sunday afternoon softball will be returning to Lakersfield Ball Diamond at Lower Beverley Lake Park. For information, contact Scott Halladay at 613-340-5092.
is alive and well! Join our group for contact with other “hams” for Saturday breakfasts and other related get-togethers and activities. Contact Norm Hagan VE3V 613-273-3896 or George Ward VE3GXW 613-273-2748.
Artists’ Association (Rideau Lakes)
A non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of members actively producing original two-dimensional art works in the Rideau Lakes region.
The Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association provides a friendly environment for linking with other artists, and for education, for just over 100 artists. Since 1993 this active community of artists – novice to professional – have been benefiting from shared experience and knowledge. The RLAA sponsors, and hosts regular and unique activities.
Activities and Events include weekly gatherings (paint-ins) to produce individual works in a relaxed and informal setting; programmed seminars led by guest artists and instructors; shows and sales of members works; ongoing exhibits at local restaurants; free access to our resource library; group discounts on supplies and materials orders; open exchange of information pertinent to artists about marketing, training workshops, and use of social media to present our art.
Meeting Information: Monthly general meetings are held the second Friday of each month except the months of February and July, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the North Crosby Community Centre, 875 8th Concession Road, North Crosby (Westport) Ontario. Association business is conducted at the start of our meetings, followed by a refreshment break and time to socialize. We end our meetings with activities of interest such as guest presentations, short seminars or peer critiques. Nora Brown 613 283 7824 www.rideaulakesartists.com Like us on FaceBook.
Ballroom Dance Lessons
SHALL WE DANCE is pleased to teach “Social” Ballroom Dancing in your community! Dances include the Swing, Jive, Rumba, Cha-cha, Mambo, Foxtrot & Waltz(s). A partner is not necessary as classes are structured to teach singles as well as couples. American Standard Ballroom Style, Teaching Foundation, Bronze & Silver Steps with Technique. Ongoing group classes 4 week course; Teachers Choice classes; Private lessons for single/couple. Team Building exercises available for your employees and classes for students, upon request. Please contact Brenda Myers of Shall We Dance on her cell 613-539-1109 to learn more & to find out when and where classes are taking place around your community throughout the year. Dancing provides joy and laughter and definitely can release stress! It’s a clever and healthy way to exercise the body and mind, while having some fun!!
see also T-Ball
Delta Minor Baseball League
Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #207
Open to children between the ages of 5-10 years, registration fees have been set at $10 per person or $25 per family. REGISTRATION: May 28, 2018 6 to 8 pm at the Lakersfield Ball Diamond, Lower Beverley Lake Park. Contact Wil Phillips 613-349-2485.
Westport Storm Softball
Open to girls and boys born between 2007 and 2012.
Plays in the Augusta Minor Ball League which includes teams from Athens, Mallorytown, Augusta, North Augusta, Kitley, Lyn and Portland as well as Westport.
To register, email Jeff Seed at email@example.com for a registration form. Cost is $100 per player.
Basketball – Delta Recreation Centre
For ages 5 to 12. Contact Adam Curtis.
Basketball – Wildcats
is an opportunity for area youth to come together at Rideau District High School for some basketball fun. Grade 4-6 girls will play on Wednesday nights from September to November. Grade 4-6 boys will likely play on Tuesdays from September to November. Watch for notices in the Review-Mirror and through local schools for further details. Call Will French (613.272.0231) or Ron Stenzl (613.359.5354).
Boys and Girls Club
(Boys and Girls Club) is for Age 3-Grade 5. This FREE program runs weekly, Thursdays, after school in Elgin. This is an exciting fun-filled program for kids that include a healthy snack, lessons of truth from the Bible, crafts, games, music, and acting. All are welcome! For more information or questions contact us at 613-359-6118.
Elgin Lions Hall (19 Pineview Drive): Thursdays at 6pm
Westport Legion (10099 Perth Road): Mondays at 6pm
ADULT BOWLING Elgin Bowling Lanes offer a wide range of 5-pin leagues beginning in September and running till the end of April.
YOUTH BOWLING CANADA Elgin Bowling Lanes offer a national 5-pin bowling program for children4 to 18 years. We offer after-school, evening and Saturday morning times. After-school pickup at South Crosby Public School is available. A sports program instead of babysitting WOW! Players need no experience; ball delivery, etiquette and scoring will be taught. Badges and awards are played for every week.
Elgin Bowling Lanes has joined SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO and offer a chance for your special bowlers to participate in a bowling league and have fun in tournaments. Certified coaching and lots of fun. Price varies per league. Times include afternoon and evening leagues.
Boy Scouts of Canada
Valley Highlands Area Volunteer Adult Leaders needed to restart Scouting in Rideau Lakes Township
Our Township is huge… yet we do not have a Scout Group. Scouting is the world’s primary youth organization, serving both boys and girls from age five to twenty-one. The township has offered us the use of Portland Community Centre and the youth are out there waiting to join. The Area Team is ready and waiting to train new leaders and we have lots of equipment sitting idle. What we lack is young local Adults willing to step up to the plate, take free training and run the programs.
Scouting is an educational organization teaching youth Self-Reliance, Inter-Reliance, and Community Spirit through fun based programs including Adventures of every description. From Canoeing to Caving, Cooking to Orienteering, Pioneering to Rock Climbing, Visits to places of interest and of course Four Season Camping. From local weekend group camps to Area and Regional Camps right up to the Mammoth International Jamborees of 20,000 or more Scouts from all over the world.
A Scout Group consists of the following sections:
Beaver Scouts aged 5 – 7 yrs
Wolf Cubs aged 7 – 11 yrs
Scouts aged 11 – 14 yrs
Venturers aged 14 – 17 yrs
Rovers aged 17 – 21 yrs
If you are interested, over 18 yrs of age and willing to donate an evening a week and an occasional weekend then please call so that we can work together to get a group up and running in time for the fall recruitment in September. Call Alex Beelich 613 283 3307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Players of all ages and skills are welcome to join the Tuesdays Afternoon Bridge Group at the Elgin Municipal Complex beginning at 1:00pm. For information, please call Gail Derbyshire at 613-359-6192.
Is held Tuesdays at the South Elmsley Community Hall beside the OPP offices. Open for everyone to enjoy this entertaining and enjoyable sport. Call Marie at 613-283-4035.
Elgin & District Co-Operative Nursery School
For more than 40 years, Elgin & District Co-operative Nursery School has offered a licensed program for children aged 18 months to 5 years. We offer children a place to explore and play, develop confidence and social skills. As a co-op, parents/caregivers and teachers work together to provide the highest level of quality early childhood education. This is an excellent way to introduce your child to other children and meet other parents in the community. Subsidies available. For more information, please contact the school at 613-359-6611, via FaceBook or email@example.com
Delta Legion (32 William Street): Fridays at 7pm Pat Phillips 613-928-2712
Elgin Municipal Complex (47 Main Street): Mondays at noon Doug Summers 613-359-5744
Forfar Community Hall (1544 County Road 42): Fridays at 7:30pm
North Crosby Community Hall (875 Concession Road 8): Wednesday evenings Jim Mulville 613-273-3008
South Elmsley Community Hall (441 Hwy 15): Monday afternoons Marie Jordan 613-283-4035
Westport Legion (10099 Perth Road): Thursdays at 7:30pm Joan Thompson 613-273-5613
Taught by certified Fitness Instructors geared to each individual’s level of fitness.
Classes offered by Community and Primary Health Care are held in Elgin at the Community Hall on Tuesdays at 10am; at the North Crosby Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9:45am and at the Portland Community Hall Thursdays 10am. All classes require pre-registration. Contact Vivian at 613-342- 1747 ext. 2054.
Girl Guides of Canada
Enabling Girls to be Confident, Resourceful and Courageous, and to Make a Difference in the World. Guiding is the place for today’s girls and women. At Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, we are committed to enabling girls to develop leadership and life skills by providing them with a wide range of opportunities and experiences. Guiding offers girls age-appropriate programs: Sparks (age 5-6), Brownies (age 7-8), Guides (age 9-11), Pathfinders (age 12-14) and Rangers (age 15-17).
The varied activities encourage girls and young women to challenge themselves, learn new skills and develop self-confidence. Hands-on learning, exploring, camping, sharing and helping in the community – these are all part of the fun, friendship and adventure of Guiding.
Women provide the leadership to enable these experiences to happen for the girls. At the same time, Guiding offers adult Members countless learning and development opportunities, from event planning to healthy living to team building to international relations and more. Girls need you!
Joining Girl Guides of Canada is easy: www.girlguides.ca Contact Ontario Girl Guides at 1-800-565-8111 to learn more about Guiding for you and your daughter. You can also contact Pat at 613-359-6336 to learn more about our local units.
Horticultural Society (Rideau Lakes)
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, April through November, at 7:15 PM at the Portland Community Hall. We have a variety of interesting speakers, and a detailed listing will be found in the Community Events calendar located elsewhere in this publication. We look after several public gardens within the township, and we also sponsor a bursary each year to be awarded to a deserving student from the Rideau District High School. If you are a gardener, or would like to become one, a warm welcome awaits you at the RLHS. The society covers Delta, Elgin, Lombardy, Newboro, Portland, and Westport. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. There will be a small admission fee of $5 which can be put towards a membership. For more information about the RLHS, contact President Virginia Bourget 613-489-1122 www.sites.google.com/site/rideaulakeshorticultural/
Since 1992 a group of volunteers has been trained through Revenue Canada to assist Seniors and Low-Income Families with their Income Tax Returns. If you would like to have assistance in completing your income tax return, the following individuals may be contacted:
Ann Bishop at 613-359-6000
Barbara McBride at 613-359-0059
Elspeth Pearse at 613-453-9099
Bobby Jo Adrain at 613-273-7270
Karate Club (Rideau Lakes)
For youth and adults, this is an excellent way to become and remain physically fit. Held in Westport, instructed by members who have their black belt, this program is open to all interested participants.
For information on the program held at St. Edward’s School Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, 7:30-9:00 in Westport contact Ted Theelan at 613-273-5624 or 613-539-0182.
Leeds China Painters
This unique group of artists strives to restore the ancient art of painting on porcelain. They have regular meetings at the Forfar Community Hall and welcome new members. Besides learning this delicate art form, enjoy good fellowship and helpfulness within the club, a wonderful experience. Contact Marion Stone at 613-359-5292 for more information.
Loonie Sport Club
at 13 Maplecroft Lane (off Indian Road at Chaffeys Locks) has both summer and winter activities. In the summer we have lawn bowling, tennis, radio-controlled toys, golf (putting & range) and social events. In the winter we offer curling (inside and out), snow sliding, billiards and many evenings of just plain fun! For more information about the different leagues and membership call Bryan Best (613-359-5047) or visit our web site at looniessportsclub.ca.
North Crosby Tennis Club
North Leeds Soccer
Parkinson’s Support Group
Rideau Islands & Lakes Theatre School
FaceBook Rachel Marks 613-928-3457
Rideau Lakes Studio Garden Tour
Margret Kelk 613-272-2604 www.rideaulakesstudioandgardentour.com
is a male chorus that rehearses every Wednesday afternoon from September to June in the Bethel United Church at 1500 Rideau Ferry Road at 1:30pm with about 15 members. It began 30 years ago. The members come from all over our area and are united by a desire to have fun singing. They vary in age from the mid-60s to mid-80s. Today, they give approximately fifteen concerts each year. Their repertoire consists of classic popular favorites, show tunes, gospel and specialty numbers. If you are interested, please drop in on a Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be able to read music and will get a lot of help. “Enthusiasm is the only real requirement.”
For more information please contact Lorne Gardiner at 613 264 1277.
Rideau Tole And Decorative Artists
The Rideau Tole and Decorative Artists Guild was established in 1988 with a group of painters from the Rideau Lakes and surrounding area. Over the last several years they have gone from strictly painting on wood with acrylics to painting on a variety of surfaces such as fabric, glass, paper, tin and canvas. Other mediums including water-based oils, spackling compounds to surfaces for interesting textures, different brushes and stroke techniques are also used. There is always something new to learn. Meetings are held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall on George St. in Westport the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our members are encouraged to bring painting’s they have done at home for us to see. We have guest speakers and work on community projects. For the last several years the group has painted on fabric squares which one of the members then makes into a beautiful quilt that is sold by raffle. New members are always welcome. For further information please contact Barbara McBride at 613-273-6405.
Skating: Westport Area Skating Club
Softball – see Baseball
Taoist Tai Chi
is a gentle, meditative exercise suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. It offers an effective way to maintain and improve health. Introductory Classes are offered in September, January and April. The four-month beginner package introduces people to the moves of the set. Following this introduction, Continuing Classes provide an opportunity for further development and understanding of Taoist Tai Chi.
Classes are available in Perth, Smiths Falls, Portland and Westport. Our instructors are volunteers accredited under the teaching standards of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. Registration is at the first class. For more information phone Caroline at (613) 272-3573. For all classes visit: www.taoist.org/Kingston
Portland Centennials: Mosquito, Mite and Squirt