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Local apple orchards offer U-pick;

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September and October are the main apple-picking months around Montreal and going to U-pick apple orchards is a popular fall activityfor people of all ages, but young families in particular take advantage of sunny fall days to get out of the city and enjoy the fresh country air and bright scenery. Green foliage contrasts with red apples, making orchards very scenic and visitors bring picnic lunches, take photos, and make a day out of the trip. 

The main areas for apple picking near Montreal are: Rougemont, Mont St-Hilaire and Mont St-Gregoire to the east, St-Eustache to the northwest, and Hemmingford to the south. Rural areas of Laval and of Ile Perrot also have orchards. Driving along country roads, it is difficult to miss signs for “Apple U-pick / verger autocueillette des pommes." The activity has become so popular that there were traffic jams last weekend on Highway 640 with people driving to orchards near St-Eustache.

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Soccer tournament sets goal of $40k; GOAL raises money for Tyndale Centre

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Burgundy Lion Pub is organizing a charity soccer tournament. The tournament is called GOAL, although it is not an acronym for anything, and the 2013 date is Sunday, August 18. To date some $78,000 has been raised since 2010 and the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre in Little Burgundy is designated as the sole beneficiary again this year.

 

“GOAL takes place at the Soccerplex in Lachine rain or shine; we have both indoor and outdoor fields there,” explains Paul Desbaillets, owner of the Burgundy Lion. “There is music but this is not an event for people to really show up to. Instead, we’re trying to get people to buy raffle tickets online at goalmtl.com.”

 

“We created the event and my role is making the whole thing happen. This involves making logos, finding sponsors, and getting teams committed. A lot of people participate in GOAL from bars like Ye Olde Orchard Bar to Dièse Onze and restaurants like IMADAKE and Dolcetto to Urbania and other partners like CHOM Radio. Labatt is also a large sponsor of the event and go out of their way to make it happen!”

 

Raffle tickets sell for $10 each while supporters can choose to donate whatever amount they choose at the online site. Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre does issue tax receipts, but it is unclear if these are issued automatically for donations made at www.goalmtl.com.

 

According to its website, “Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre is located in the low-income but high potential community of Little Burgundy, bringing together hundreds of committed Montrealers working collectively to offer a range of high-quality programs and services.”

www.tyndalestgeorges.com

 

The Burgundy Lion, for those who don’t know it yet, describes itself as a blend of: “a traditional British pub with a modern lounge bar and to offer a unique twist on British pub cuisine. Burgundy Lion is a modern English pub with traditional English cuisine mixed with a more laid-back, quintessentially Montreal feel.”  2496 Notre Dame W, 514.934.0888 www.burgundylion.com

 

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Lachine fetes continue to Aug. 18; Theatre, corn roast, Elvis on menu

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(francais en bas) 

The 36th edition of the Fêtes de Lachine continues through Sunday, August 18 at LaSalle Park and other locations in the Montreal borough of Lachine. On the menu are 100 theatrical performances, 135 artists, a corn roast, face painting, inflatable games, a senior’s day, karate demonstrations, an inline skating festival, a softball tournament, and even a show by Elvis Forever. The programming is designed to appeal to all age groups and the above activities are free.

 

“Over the years, the Fêtes de Lachine have become a real tradition,” declared Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin. “Lachine residents have been loyal to this event for three decades; there’s something for everyone here from youngsters to the elderly. This is an event that unifies families.”

 

Saturday sees an “elders’ day” with a corn roast starting at 12 noon at the Centre d’hebergement de Lachine (650 Place d’Accueuil near 32nd & St. Antoine). Then at 2 pm, Dany Vincent, a renowned impersonator of rock star Elvis Presley (1935--1977) will perform his “Elvis Forever” concert, followed by Carlos singing “Granada.”

 

Saturday also sees “the adolescents’ afternoon” at LaSalle Park with dance spectacles and demonstrations starting at 11 a.m., a skatefest starting at 12 noon, and “Liberte en musique,” a show for the environment starting at 3:30 p.m.

 

Sunday sees “family day” in LaSalle Park with an Italian lunch, a performance of Hansel & Gretel by Theatre la Roulotte, inflatable games, face painting, craft workshops, a concert by Lilou LeMonde, and many other fun activities. All this begins at 12 noon and lasts through the afternoon. The softball tournament finale will also take place Sunday. The Times understands that most or all of the animation will be in French (with the exception of Elvis’ songs).

 

LaSalle Park can be reached by the STM 90 bus west from Vendome metro (descend at 10th Ave & Provost) or by the Victoria Street bicycle path running from the Lachine Dairy Queen (32nd Ave) and the former Ville St Pierre. There is also free and ample parking for cars on Victoria Street. To facilitate activities, Lachine’s 10th Avenue will be closed to traffic between St. Antoine and Victoria Street Sunday from 7 a.m.--7 p.m. 

 

Detailed information (in French):

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=8117,89687588&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&id=7200&ret=/pls/portal/url/page/arrond_lch_fr/rep_annonces/rep_actualites/coll_actualites

 

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Fêtes de Lachine : la tradition se poursuit du 15 au 18 août

5 août 2013

 

C'est jeudi, le 15 août prochain, que débutera la 36e édition des Fêtes de Lachine. Jusqu'au dimanche 18 août, des centaines de personnes sont attendues afin de participer aux festivités qui auront lieu au parc LaSalle et au Centre d'hébergement de Lachine. La programmation variée plaira à toute la famille! Toutes les activités sont gratuites.

 

« Au fil des années, les Fêtes de Lachine sont devenues une véritable tradition. Ce n'est pas sans raison que les Lachinois sont fidèles au rendez-vous depuis trois décennies : chacun y trouve son compte. Les Fêtes de Lachine, c'est un éventail d'activités pour les jeunes et les moins jeunes. C'est un événement qui réunit toute la famille », déclare Claude Dauphin, maire de l'arrondissement de Lachine.

 

Elvis Forever pour La journée des aînés au Centre d'hébergement de Lachine

Le samedi, après la traditionnelle épluchette de blé d'Inde, les aînés de Lachine sont invités à assister au dynamique spectacle Elvis Forever, à 14 h. Depuis 1998, Elvis Forever parcours le Québec et soulève les foules. Les forces de ce spectacle, outre la performance d'une justesse impressionnante de l'interprète Dany Vincent, résident dans les détails des costumes et de l'instrumentation. De plus, les valeurs et qualités qui rayonnaient chez le King ont été respectées. À vous d'en juger! Carlos chante Granada assurera la première partie.

 

Le samedi, place aux ados!

Dès 11 h, le parc LaSalle accueillera des spectacles de danse et des démonstrations de karaté et de bâton sportif, suivis d'un skatefest à compter de midi. En guise de clôture de cette journée, tous sont conviés au spectacle Liberté en musique – un spectacle pour l'environnement, composé d'artistes de la relève. Cette initiative vise à sensibiliser les jeunes à la protection de l'environnement.

 

Journée familiale

Le dimanche, dès midi, toute la famille a rendez-vous au parc LaSalle pour le fameux dîner italien, qui sera suivi d'une série d'activités amusantes : maquillages, animation, jeux, ateliers de bricolage, et du spectacle de Lilou LeMonde (C'est la fête), à 15 h, pour les tout-petits. De plus, à 13 h, le Théâtre La Roulotte invite petits et moins petits à savourer une adaptation originale du conte classique Hansel et Gretel. Des artistes peintres lachinois, des kiosques d'information et d'animation pour les familles seront aussi sur place.

 

Tournoi de balle donnée

À compter du 15 août, les amateurs de balle donnée pourront assister au tournoi annuel qui se poursuivra toute la fin de semaine, jusqu'à la grande finale du dimanche.

 

Fermeture de la 10e Avenue

En raison des festivités, la 10e Avenue sera fermée à la circulation entre les rues Saint-Antoine et Victoria le dimanche 18 août, de 7 h à 19 h.

 

En cas de pluie, les activités sont annulées, à l'exception du dîner italien qui se tiendra à l'église de l'Annunziata (658, 3e Avenue).

 

Pour plus d'information, veuillez composer le 311 ou consulter la programmation des Fêtes de Lachine au www.lachine.ca.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:45
 

Sneak preview at Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium; New planetarium operational in April

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Last weekend saw a sneak preview of the new $48 million Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium before it officially opens next month. The new planetarium is located between the Biodome and the Olympic Stadium; a previous planetarium operated in Montreal from 1966 until 2011 on St. Jacques Street downtown. Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum and Space for Life Executive Director Charles-Mathieu Brunelle were on site Saturday to greet visitors.

 Montreal’s Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium opens April 6  Photo: © Espace pour la vie (Raymond Jalbert)


Montreal’s Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium opens April 6 / Photo: © Espace pour la vie (Raymond Jalbert)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 21:48 Read more...
 

Meet Georges Laraque at the Ecomuseum zoo Part of zoo’s Wildlife Knowledge Week

On the occasion of the Ecomuseum zoo’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the public is invited to an afternoon conference with Georges Laraque, the former Montreal Canadiens NHL enforcer, on Saturday March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Since leaving hockey, Laraque has been championing animal rights and working with environmental causes.

 

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Montreal Aviation Heritage Museum; Preserving city’s link to aircraft

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Looking up at the sky near Dorval’s Trudeau Airport today, you can see airplanes taking off or landing every minute. It is difficult to believe that a little over 100 years ago the first airplane took off from a field on the West Island to fly over downtown Montreal, earning a wave from the mayor and making headlines. Montreal has since played a key role in the development of worldwide aviation, especially during World War II. Now a small group of volunteers is struggling to preserve this legacy and educate the public about it.

 

 Photo: ©John Symon

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Wild about nature at the Biosphère March 2-10, 2013

courtesy of the Biosphère

From March 2 to March 10, 2013, the Biosphère, Environment Museum is the place for youth and their families to have a spring break full of discovery and adventure with the "Wild about Nature" program. Indoors and out, they are invited to come have fun with a variety of activities. Read more...  

World’s biggest retailer of models; Udisco has 80,000 items in stock

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If you are looking for models of planes, trains, cars or boats, the place to find them is Udisco. The somewhat nondescript retail location on Decarie Blvd looks much smaller from the outside than it does inside. Step in and you will probably be amazed by the showroom with aisle after aisle piled high with plastic, steel, or wooden models. But then, if you follow the yellow line through the store and up the stairs, there is an even bigger showroom on the second floor.

“Most hobby shops are between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet, but I have 60,000 square feet here,” says owner Lyon Kunin. “I carry some 80,000 different SKUs (stock keeping units), with perhaps a few dozen items in some units. So no, I don’t really have any competition; there is no other store like this in Canada. Actually, I don’t know of any other store like this worldwide.”


Udisco’s Lyon Kunin points to many models of trains, planes, tanks, and rockets

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How do tropical zoo animals like Quebec’s winter?

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Last week's edition of The Times featured a photo of a mystery newborn animal. The photo is from Hemmingford's Parc Safari, a zoo about 45 minutes south of Montreal. we  contacted Sophie Robidoux, director of zoology at Parc Safari to find out the identity of the mystery animal.

 

“The little one in the photo is a fennec fox,” explains Robidoux.

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New astronomical observatory on West Island; Public can stargaze from Morgan Arboretum

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At a ceremony on October 23, a new astronomical observatory was unveiled to the public on the grounds of Morgan Arboretum in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. The structure is quite small--having three people inside it at once is a squeeze--but the significance is big for any Montrealers who want to look at the stars. And this new observatory is open to the public by reservation. The Arboretum is part of McGill University’s Macdonald Campus.


Dr Jim Files, Dr Chandra Madramootoo, Ron Baron, and Andrew Fazekas cut ribbon at new astronomical observatory. Photo ©Morrie Portnoff 

 

The structure is named the Bellevue Observatory, both after the village of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and because of the great view (“belle vue” in French) afforded from this location. At the heart of the observatory is a 14" robotic, research-grade telescope generously donated by former Montrealer Dr. David Levy, co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that crashed into Jupiter in 1994.

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Bullying is problem kids cannot solve alone; Parents, teachers must be involved


Bullying is a serious problem notes Barbara Victor, Clinical director at OMETZ and addressing involves changing many attitudes in society. In a recent interview, Victor noted that many segments of the population who are perceived as “different” are at risk. Victor is hopeful that new research and a joint initiative between OMETZ, the Jasmin Roy Foundation and other partners will produce some positive results.

 

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