Current Events

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Tue - May 01
  One Book One County


“Hum If You Don’t Know The Words” is this year’s selected title, by Bianca Marais.

Now in its tenth year, One Book One County Dufferin allows all residents of Dufferin to read together in a gigantic book club. The program promotes Canadian literature, reading and discussion by encouraging everyone to participate in book clubs, online chats, and activities related to the theme of the selected Canadian title.

The book is available at the Grand Valley, Orangeville and Shelburne Public Libraries, as well as Booklore in Orangeville.

The grand finale of One Book One County, featuring Bianca Marias, will take place at  Grand Spirits Distillery, 27 Main Street North, Grand Valley on September 13, at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $45 for dinner and presentation and are available from BookLore, and the Shelburne, Orangeville and Grand Valley Public Libraries.

Wed - May 02
  Bravery Park - McHappy Day

On May 2nd drop by the Riddell Road McDonalds for McHappy Day to support Ronald McDonald House and Bravery Park!

50% of proceeds from all Happy Meals, Big Macs, and McCafe beverages will go directly to Bravery Park!

Fri - May 04
  Starlight Gala

When: May 4, 2018 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Where: Theatre Orangeville Opera House

Theatre Orangeville’s Starlight Gala, be the first to know what we have in store for our 25th season!

Gala ticket includes: Dinner at RustiK Bistro or Forage. Desserts in the Town Hall atrium during the 2018/19 Season announcement, Opening Night performance of The Birds and The Bees, and Opening Night Reception!

Tickets $150pp ($100pp tax receipt) 

Call the Box Office to book tickets: 519-942-3423

Fri - May 04
  Building Better Tomorrows

When: May 4, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:30pm

Where: Monora Park, MonoON

Building Better Tomorrows featuring, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, CFL Legend and Canadian Sport Hall of Famer is a fundraising event in support of the Dufferin Children's Fund which is the fundraising arm of Dufferin Child and Family Services. Building Better Tomorrows is a luncheon catered by Lavender Blue, who is providing a delicious 3 course meal: to begin with, locally grown farm fresh field greens and vegetables; shallot vinaigrette and artichoke crustini. Main course: grilled breast of chicken stuffed with goat cheese and sundried tomato, creamy tuscan seafood served in puff pastry, rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables; and for dessert: double chocolate brownie, lemon curd tart, and a chocolate dipped strawberry.

If you have any dietary restrictions and/or preference of who you would like to sit with, please contact Jacqueline Moore at

Building Better Tomorrows will also have a Vendor Market featuring local artisans and businesses from 11am until 12pm, and it will reopen at 2pm.

Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) is a multi-service agency providing child and youth mental health, child protection and developmental support services to residents of Dufferin County. The Dufferin Children’s Fund raises money for additional supports to improve the lives of children, youth, adults and families receiving service from DCAFS. The Dufferin Children’s Fund has three priorities: youth futures, social growth and development and health and wellness.

Tickets are $95 per person.

Sat - May 05
  Upper Grand Trailway Earth Day Annual Tree Plant

When: May 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Upper Grand Trailway Association Trailway parking lot County Road 25, by the firehall Grand ValleyON

Join us at the Trailway parking lot County Road 25 (at the Fire Hall). Boot and gloves and bring a shovel, come help plant trees on the trailway. Lunch provided by Grand Valley Lions.

Sat - May 05
  Day of Poets

Orangeville's first ever poetry festival, Day of the Poets, is happening on May 5th from 11 am to 4 pm.

Twenty poets will be sharing their poetry at 4 different venues downtown and there will be poets sharing random acts of poetry on the street as well. Window poems will appear everywhere on Broadway.

The event is free.

Sun - May 06
  Dufferin Hike for Hospice

When: May 6, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Where: Monora Park, Mono

Hike for Hospice Dufferin is a fundraising event to support the numerous program/services for individuals and their families living with a life-limiting illness. Families are encouraged to come and embrace the many people who are grieving or honour those who are still fighting an illness. Activities include hiking the monora park trails, face painting, live music etc.

Tue - May 08
  Orangeville & District Horticultural Society Monthly Meeting

When: May 8, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Orangeville Senior's Centre 26 Bythia St OrangevilleON

Our guest speaker tonight is Lynn Short. Her topic is "Good Bugs; Bad Bugs". There are beneficial insects for your garden! Learn which ones to encourage and how to keep them returning. There is also a flower show this evening.

Wed - May 09
  Think Local Showcase & AGM

The 2nd Annual Think Local Showcase & AGM takes place May 9, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Ecology Retreat Centre.

It features a complete marche-style dinner of primarily local food, local music, local swag, and networking with leaders of the local business community. 

This event is offered at no charge for current Board of Trade members and only $30.00 for non-members. 

Pre-registration is required on our website at

Thu - May 10
  Centennnial Hylands Elementary School 50th Anniversary

Former and current students, staff, and parents are invited to an open house to celebrate Centennial Hylands' 50th anniversary with a look at learning across the decades.

Families can try our mini-escape room ($5), check out the book fair, and participate in student led tours.

The celebration will happen on May 10 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m..

Sat - May 12
  Orangeville and District Spring Fundraiser

Orangeville and District Seniors Centre is holding its Spring Fundraiser/Bazaar on May 12th.

It will be held at 26 Bythia Street from 9am to 1pm in the lunch room.

Featuring bake, book, jewelry, craft sale and penny auction.

Donations gratefully received.

Tue - May 15
  2018 Provincial Election Forums

Meet the candidates running in the Dufferin-Caledon riding for the Provincial Election and hear their views and policy positions regarding issues affecting the local business community. 

6:30pm - 7pm - Informal meet and greet with candidates and attendees

7pm - 9pm - Election Forums 

May 15th, 2018 - Shelburne Legion 
May 24th, 2018 - Orangeville District Secondary School

Questions for candidates must be received in advance of the forum at

Hosted by the Dufferin Board of Trade, with support from the Dufferin Federation of Agriculture.

Wed - May 16
  Coffee, Conversation & Books: Dana McCauley

When: Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm

Where: Euphoria, 154 Broadway Orangeville

Join Dana for a relaxed conversation about the food and dining fashion featured on the Titanic. There will also be plenty of time to ask Dana questions about cookbook writing, pitching concepts to publishers, and how to turn your aspirations as a writer into a successful lifestyle business.

Register by email or call 519-941-0610.

Coffee is provided.

Thu - May 17 -- Fri - Jun 08
  Make Your Mark: Bravery Park Art Project

Calling all young artists! Are you in highschool? Do you have a passion for history? Our Canadian heroes? Then enter the Make your Mark: Bravery Park Art Project.

The Bravery Park committee and the Amaranth Lions Club are looking for talented young artists to design one of the black and white panels featured on the new playground to be installed this spring/summer.

Contest closes at 6:00 p.m on June 8th, winners announced on Friday, June 13.

For more information download the submission form and poster @

Thu - May 17
  Parent Information Night with Orlando Bowen

When: May 17 @ 7pm

Where: Orangeville District Secondary School

Orangeville District Secondary School Parent Council invites parents from all Orangeville & area schools to a presentation with Orlando Bowen from One Voice, One Team. Presentation will be in the ODSS Café. All are welcome. One Voice, One Team is a program that helps students develop their leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. This program is a big part of the high school experience at ODSS - come and find out what it's all about!

Sat - May 19
  Garage Sale High Country United Church

When: May 19 8-12pm

Where: High Country United Church, Camilla

Huge indoor garage sale at High Country United Church, Camilla,   Saturday May 19th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  Located at Hwy 10 and just west on 15 sideroad, Mono. On


Wed - May 23
  Orangeville Blues and Jazz Volunteer Orientation Meeting

When: May 23 7-8:30pm

Where: Orangeville Seniors Centre - 26 Bythia Street

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival is around the corner. You are invited to attend the Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Get an overview of the weekend event and details on the logistics. Procedures and tips for volunteers will be discussed. Meet your Team Leaders and fellow volunteers. 
Sign up on line at 

Thu - May 24
  Shelburne EDC Golf Classic

The Annual Shelburne EDC Golf Classic is back!

The tournament will be at the Shelburne Golf & Country Club. Stay tuned for more information on the agenda.

Golf Information:
Who: The First 72 players (18 Teams)... Have you Registered Yet?
What: Format is Best Ball
When: Thursday, May 24th, 2018 shotgun start at 3:00 PM (REGISTRATION / NETWORKING: 2:00 PM)
RAIN DATE: Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Why: Network, Connect with Peers and Enjoy a Friendly Game of Golf

Thu - May 24
  2018 Provincial Election Forums

Meet the candidates running in the Dufferin-Caledon riding for the Provincial Election and hear their views and policy positions regarding issues affecting the local business community. 

6:30pm - 7pm - Informal meet and greet with candidates and attendees

7pm - 9pm - Election Forums 

May 15th, 2018 - Shelburne Legion 
May 24th, 2018 - Orangeville District Secondary School

Questions for candidates must be received in advance of the forum at

Hosted by the Dufferin Board of Trade, with support from the Dufferin Federation of Agriculture.

Thu - May 24 -- Fri - May 25
  IODE Lord Dufferin Chapter Geranium Sale

IODE Lord Dufferin Geranium Sale takes place on May 24 & 25.

You can place your orders now by calling a member below:
Dori Ebel: 519-941-1865
Barb McMahon: 519-938-5764
Faye Corbett: 519-941-6935
Vienna Riddle: 519-942-3621

You can also order online at:

A flat or 10 plants is $36.00. You are asked to please specify your colour either red, white, pink, or salmon.

You can purchase and pay for your order on May 24 & 25 at 12 Leader Drive in Mono from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..

The first 30 pick ups receive a free gift and all orders receive an entry to win a beautiful gift basket.

Fri - May 25 -- Mon - May 28
  Too Many Cooks at Century Church Theatre

When: May 25-28, June 1-3

Where: Century Church Theatre 72 Trafalgar Rd, Hillsburgh


A farce by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes, Directed by Jo Phenix

It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and rum-running is at its peak. Irving Bubbalowe has risked everything to open a restaurant, but when his singing chef fails to appear, the grand opening is placed in jeopardy. A mob of Chicago gangsters, boxes of bootleg booze, $20 a suspicious Mountie, and a zealous immigration officer provoke a hornet’s nest of fabricated identities and misunderstandings as Bubbalowe tries to save the day.

Fri - May 25 -- Sun - May 27
  Battle of The Bands

Orangeville Theatre Youth Singers presents Battle of the Bands.

It takes place at 87 Broadway (Orangeville Town Hall/Opera House).

May 25/26 @ 7 p.m. and May 27 @ 2 p.m..

Tickets: Adults $18, Students $15, Childrent (3-5) $8.

More information by clicking here.

Fri - May 25
  MacMaster Chicken Drive

The MacMaster Chicken Drive is on again! Make sure you get your order in before Friday, May 25th at 5:00pm. Dinner includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and a dinner roll. To order call: 519-941-1360. All proceeds will go to support Headwaters Health Care Centre.

Sat - May 26
  IODE Headwaters Garage Sale

When: May 26 8-11am

Where: 7 Woodland Drive East GarafraxaON


Sat - May 26
  Music in May Concert

Concert features Mark DuBois and his Studio singers along with the Tweedsmuir Presbyterian Church Choir and Praise Team. Sat. May 26th @7pm at Tweedsmuir Church, 6 John St. Tickets available at the Church office or at Booklore .Music Selection includes showtunes, some gospel music and Opera Arias

Sat - May 26
  We The Bounce Grand Opening!

When: May 26 11-3pm

Where: 62 Broadway OrangevilleON

May 26th from 11 'til 3 for the GRAND OPENING of WE THE BOUNCE!! Come out for amazing prizes, food and more---including 30% off party packages and memberships! Learn how fun it is to challenge yourself mentally and physically on their incredible rockclimbing walls-----with over 60 routes available for every skill level! And discover more activities to get active----basketball---dodgeball, and more!

WE THE BOUNCE... 62 Broadway, Orangeville! Learn more about all programs at!

Sat - May 26
  Friends' Perennial Plant Sale

When: May 26

Where: Mill St Public Library

Want to brighten your garden by adding a few new plants? Come to the Friends of the Orangeville Public Library Perennial Plant Sale. There will be a good selection of perennials at reasonable prices.  The sale will be held outside in the Mill Street Courtyard off Broadway.

All proceeds support the Orangeville Public Library.

Sat - May 26
  24th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

When: May 26 10-1pm

Where: Headwaters Health Care Centre

The Teddy Bear Clinic is a one-day event, hosted by Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary (HHCA) and its volunteer members, with support from the medical staff at Headwaters Health Care Centre. The event’s goal is to take the scare out of hospital care by reducing the potential anxieties children may have about routine medical and surgical procedures.

Children can bring their favourite teddy bear, doll or stuffed animal to the hospital for a check-up and learn what it is like to visit different departments. The teddies are registered, given a wrist band and a health card, then triaged and receive treatment such as injections or x-rays - everyday realities for some kids in hospital. Children leave knowing that their teddy will be just fine and that the hospital is a place where caring people support the healing process.

The fee of one toonie per teddy will be donated to the Headwaters Health Care Foundation for the purchase of much-needed hospital equipment. The event also includes a BBQ and lots of other kid-friendly activities.

Sat - May 26
  Cops for Cancer

When: May 26 @ 10:00 a.m.

Where: Orangeville Town Hall

Members of the police service have set a goal to raise $10,000 during this initiative. The public can
support this event in a variety of ways. Cash donations can be made either online at the Cops For
Cancer Orangeville 2018 web page:, by
contacting Constable Scott Davis at 519-941-2522 ext. 2221 or or by
attending the Orangeville Police Service in person at 390 C Line, Orangeville.

The Orangeville Police Service is challenging their community service partners and local
businesses to register teams to achieve “Top Fundraiser” status. To register a team, please visit the
Cops For Cancer Orangeville 2018 web page

Sat - May 26
  Dufferin County Job Fair

When: May 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Mel Lloyd 167 Centre St ShelburneON

Dufferin County Job Fair - Connecting employers to job seekers

Sat - May 26
  Family Movie Matinee - Muppets Most Wanted

When: May 26, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Where: Orangeville Mill St. Public Library

Bring the whole family to enjoy a weekend movie screening of Muppets Most Wanted. No registration is required. Please note, this program is not supervised. Bring your own snacks! 
Movie starts at 2 p.m.

Sat - May 26
  Orangeville Public Bike Ride

When: May 26 @ 9 a.m.

Where: Alder Street Recreation Centre

The Town of Orangeville is promoting its bike routes with a public bike ride event on May 26.
Participants depart from the Alder Recreation Centre at 9 a.m., taking a combination of newlyconstructed
bike routes 2 and 3. The ride ends at the Orangeville Farmers’ Market at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Sat - May 26
  Mono Community Policing Bike Rodeo

When: May 26 12-2 pm

Where: Dufferin OPP Detachment, HWY 89 Primrose

Remember the feeling of first learning to ride a bicycle on your own — without training wheels and without a parent's balancing hand? Remember that sudden rush of freedom?

The Mono Community Policing Bike Rodeo is made up of a series of stations, each dealing with an important aspect of safe cycling. Participants will have their bicycles inspected and will then practice and learn about bicycle-handling skills that will increase their enjoyment of bicycling and could someday save their lives. Participants will practice the following essential skills:

  • Starting and stopping
  • Safely exiting a driveway
  • How to look for traffic
  • Negotiating an intersection
  • Avoiding common road hazards

Parents are invited to participate, too.

Please encourage your children to attend this worthwhile event. They will need to bring a bicycle and a helmet. There is no charge for participating and no need to pre-register. Why don't you bring your bicycle and join the fun?

Sat - May 26
  Friendship Gardens Plant Sale

When: May 26 8:30 to 11:00 am

Where: Headwaters Health Care Centre

All proceeds to maintain our beautiful hospital gardens

Free Parking, Great Prices, Excellent Plants and Free Advice

Sun - May 27
  2018 Walk for Memories

The Walk for Memories is Canada's biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Money raised is put towards programs and services offered in our local community that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families, and towards other activities such as education and public awareness.

The event takes place May 27th at Island Lake. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m..

Tue - May 29
  Films for Food Festival

Students at Centre Dufferin District High School are gearing up to host the 2nd annual Films for Food Festival on May 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Films featured in the festival were filmed, edited, acted in and written by students in grades 10 through 12 at the school. The short films are 30 seconds to three minutes in length and include stop motion and special effect videos.

This school-run event will see students dressed to impress at the Red Carpet Gala, popcorn that is provided by the Centre Dufferin DHS Life Skills class and cookies made by the Hospitality class.

Admission to the event is a non-perishable food item per person; these items will help support the local food bank.