Innisfil This Week

Start the day off right with a Pancake Breakfast in Cookstown from 9 am to 12 pm at Innisfil Fire Station No. 4, 23 King St. North. Plus safety tips from ‘Sparky’.

Municipal voting kicks off this weekend with a Voting Party at Town Hall. If your mind is made up, take your Voter Letter (with ID and PIN) to Town Hall on Saturday, October 13 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, entertainment and face painting. Residents will also be able to vote online and by telephone.

Friends of the Library present My Girlfriends Closet on Sunday, October 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Lakeshore Branch, IdeaLab & Library. This is a sale of “nearly new clothes for nearly nothing” – most items are $5 or less. Proceeds support the activities of Friends of the Library.

On Saturday, October 20, Friends of the Library is hosting a Craft and Book Sale, also at Lakeshore Branch, from 10 a.m.

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Meet Your Neighbours

Innisfil welcomes many new residents every year. With work and family obligations it may be difficult to meet neighbours or engage more widely with your community. To help address this, the Town of Innisfil is hosting a series of “Neighbourhood Nights” to help new and old residents get acquainted. The evening includes “games and activities for all ages”.

The first Neighboorhood gathering was held on August 1 in south Alcona. All of the Neighboorhood Nights take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Three more are scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.:

August 15 – Gilford (Shore Acres Dr. & Neilly Rd.)

August 22 – Stroud (Dempster Park)

September 12 – Alcona (Nantyr Shores Secondary School)

Innisfil Journal also reports that a new resident of Innisfil, Sonia DaSilva, is also sponsoring a Community Potluck, on her own initiative, in Alcona on Saturday, August 25 at Innisfil Lions Hall (Innisfil Beach Rd) starting at 1:00 pm. Those attending are asked to bring their favourite dish.

Movie Night – Friday

Innisfil IdeaLab & Library presents “Fresh Air Flicks”, movie nights at the park – Innisfil Beach Park. This Friday, July 13 it’s the Pixar animated film, Monsters Inc. (rain day, 14th) Bring your lawn chairs and a blanket.

The fun begins with music at 7:00 pm and the movie starts around 9:00 pm. Check the website for the whole summer line-up:

Fresh Air Flicks

 

Get Involved Innisfil

We have an online resource to share our “great” ideas with municipal leaders and planners but I don’t know how many residents in Innisfil are aware of it. I’m referring to Get Involved Innisfil.

Site visitors can browse and read about other people’s ideas and suggestions, contribute their own ideas on how to improve Innisfil, and vote for the ideas they like. Some young people shared their ideas to have more activities for them like trampoline, paint ball, and movies as well as some casual places to hang out. Others would like more trails and bikeways to connect neighbourhoods. And there are suggestions for more festivals and musical events, especially in summer.

This is a novel resource to learn about and share ideas. It’s important because it could help build support, steer funding and gather volunteers to specific projects. What’s your great idea? What suggestions would you vote for? What ideas would you be willing to volunteer a few hours for? I have no idea how many Innisfil residents have already registered on this site. If you haven’t yet, please do – and share your ideas with all of us.

Big Hearts, Helping Hands

I came across a popular quotation lately that really struck me: “Volunteers don’t necessarily have time, they just have heart”. That’s particularly true of several local organizations that typically rely on a small contingent of dedicated volunteers to keep the wheels turning.

If you have some heart, and a little time, Innisfil organizations would welcome you to fill a needed role. In particular, the Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council has extended the following invitation for new volunteers to fill some Board vacancies:

Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council

“On Monday, May 28th, the Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council will hold its Annual General Meeting and will vote in a new Board of Directors.

As such, we invite you to submit your expression of interest in serving on our Board of Directors or on one of our working Committees to:

pres@iachc.ca
treasurer@iachc.ca

The IACHC is excited about plans to expand the scope of its activities over the coming year and has several positions on the Board opening due to the completion of the current term of the incumbent. Executive positions that are coming available include:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

as well as the following working committee Chair positions:

  • Membership Chair
  • Communications/Social Media Chair
  • Grants & Funding Chair

Currently, the Board meets monthly at the Town of Innisfil municipal building (2101 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil) but there is a possibility that this frequency will reduce to quarterly in the coming year. The Working Committees meet throughout the year on an as-needed basis, but typically no more than once per month.

We thank you for your interest in one or more of these opportunities and look forward to speaking with you directly.

New IACHC members are always welcome. Consider attending the Annual General Meeting on May 28.”

The Culture of Horticulture

I’m going to pause here to help spread the word about the Innisfil Planters Festival being held in a couple of weeks at the Innisfil Arboretum, Saturday May 26, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. (Shore Acres Dr. at the 20th Sideroad)

This annual fund-raiser for the Innisfil Garden Club is partnered this year with the Innisfil Arts Culture and Heritage Council. I’m a member of both organizations and a dedicated gardener. So it seems like an excellent opportunity, especially for new residents and new gardeners to pick up some perennial plants, (we can never have too many!) discover the arboretum and enjoy getting outdoors after our too-long winter. If you have some gardening challenges, ask our Master Gardener for advice.

There will be beverages, a BBQ, and a bake table too, so plan to linger a bit to browse some displays and vendors. This year, we’re planning to have a garden tool sale and swap as well to encourage new gardeners to “dig in”. Donations of any used, but surplus, garden tools such as rakes, shovels, forks, spades, or shears would be welcomed – you can send a note here to ourinnisfil@nili.ca to arrange a drop-off or contact Marilyn at elliotmarilyn@yahoo.com.

Of course, members of the Innisfil Garden Club and the Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council (IACHC) look forward to meeting our Innisfil neighbours and invite you to consider joining these organizations.

Innisfil Planters Festival May26