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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrate both Sports and Culture in Burlington

The week of September 24-30 is a busy one across Canada and here in Burlington as we are celebrating both National Sports Day and Culture Days

In Burlington we are so fortunate to have a thriving sports and cultural community which has helped establish our city as the 2nd best place to live and raise kids in Canada. 

Sports Week and National Sports Day
Sports Day in Canada held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport and is guided by a committee of national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.

The Burlington Sport Alliance (BSA) has planned a week full of activities to promote sport participation.  They kicked off the week by hosting a Time Out Sport Networking luncheon on Monday Sept. 24 where they had two inspiring guest speakers.  Dr. Greg Wells was a CTV 2012 Olympic Commentator, Superbodies Segments – scientist & extreme human physiologist,  and author of Superbodies – Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes.  Kerry Goulet  was a former pro hockey player, and is founder of stopconcussions.com – an educational website to raise awareness of the impact of concussions on youth and co-author with former NHL player Keith Primeau of Concussed.  I enjoyed the tips and messages from both speakers and picked up the book on concussions for my husband and son who are minor hockey coaches.  Also this week Kicks For Kids will be having an Open House on Wednesday Sept. 26th, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m. 

Tansley Woods Pool
The BSA is encouraging everyone to wear their sport jackets, or  jerseys to work or school on Friday Sept 28..... celebrating NATIONAL JERSEY DAY.  Let’s make Burlington an even more sport conscience, active city.  Then on Saturday a number of activities are happening to celebrate National Sports Day.  Opening ceremonies will take place in the lobby of Tansley Woods Community Centre at 12:45 p.m. will be followed by a variety of "try-it" activities and sport exhibits for the community to participate in.  Bring the family out to try a new sport or play an old favourite for free.  Learn about the wide range of sport programs and services available in our own community. Leisure swimming at Tansley Woods and skating sessions at Mainway Arena will be open to the public free of charge.
Sports Day Itinerary - September 29th
·         Burlington Sport Hall of Fame – unveiling 10 a.m. 414 Locust St.
·         Mayor’s walk (Mainway Arena to Tansley Woods Community Centre): 12:00 – 12:45 pm
·         Opening Ceremony (Tansley Woods Community Centre): 12:45 – 1:00 pm
·         Tansley Foyer and Community Room 1/2: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Tansley Double Gym: 1:00 – 2:30, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Tansley Pool: 1:30 – 6:00pm
·         Tansley Baseball Diamond: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Tansley Soccer Field: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Mainway Ice pad A: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Culture Days

Whatever your passion or curiosity, indulge it during Culture Days, Canada’s annual country-wide celebration of arts and culture, returning this fall for it’s third edition from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Culture Days will be celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns from coast to coast to coast, with thousands of free activities from a wide range of disciplines including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media.  1.2 million Canadians participated in over 6,000 activities spanning over 800 communities during Culture Days 2011. The momentum continues to build in year three and participation in Culture Days 2012 is anticipated to surpass last year’s.

In Burlington the major cultural groups have come together to promote a number of cultural activities including:
  • ·         ZimSculptThe award-winning Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt, returns to Royal Botanical Gardens on Friday Sept. 28
  • ·         Human Library at Central Library on Saturday Sept. 29 – 11 incredible stories – one unforgettable day.  talk with living books! Select from one of our human 'books'—local people with very interesting stories to tell—for a short loan period at the library. We'll have 'books' for both children and adults
  • ·         Tottering Biped at Burlington Art Centre on Saturday Sept. 29 - a community-arts based Earth Day celebration that focuses on community unity, environmental education and cultural exchange.
  • ·         Applefest Fall Fair at Ireland House on Sunday Sept. 30 - Have fun with the Fall Harvest Obstacle Course and Games, Pony Rides (12-3pm), Junior Farmer Competitions and Games, Fair-Style Activities, Historic Cooking and Horticultural society arrangements.  There will be animal exhibits and special farm displays! Check out the Trifles & Treasures Bazaar
  • ·         Culture Days at The Burlington Performing Arts centre on Sunday Sept. 30 - Music of Elton John, Frankie Valli and Whitney Houston. Buskers, clowns and more
  • ·         War of 1812-14 Commemoration plus find Hidden Gems scavenger hunt, and other fun activities at Tourism Burlington all weekend
  • ·         Burlington Art Centre Exhibits and Demonstrations all weekend plus Reid Flock and David Thai: Neo Modernism: Burlington Art Centre - 1:30 p.m.

Get out this weekend and enjoy the many free activities organized by local cultural organizations.  For more information visit burlington.ca/culturedays.

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