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Events & Meetings: Oct 2015

Free Downtown Community Lunches (Oct 7 & 21)

Offered in partnership with St. Luke’s Anglican, Burlington Baptist, Knox Presbyterian, and St. John Catholic churches, Partnership West Food Bank and Food for Life, these free community lunches take place on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hall, 1382 Ontario St. (full accessible building). All ages are welcome.

Drop-in Session (Oct. 15)

Drop by the Central Library Cafe on Thurs. Oct 15 between 7 and 8 p.m. to say hi and share what’s on your mind. I’ll be there to meet with you individually; no appointment necessary.

Volunteers wanted to restore Freeman Station (Oct. 17)

Join the Friends of Freeman Station as they continue restoration work on Oct. 17, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1285 Fairview St. No special skills are required to volunteer. There are several areas where assistance is needed, such as paint scraping and sanding, old wood floor board restoration, site clean-up, rubbish and scrub grass removal, and more. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. As it is a construction site, children under the age of 14 and pets are not permitted. Volunteers will get a personally guided tour of the station and a close up view of some of the artifacts that have been donated. Visit the Friends of Freeman Station at

Treats in our Streets (Oct. 31)

Treats in our StreetsCelebrate Halloween as downtown businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Families are welcome to trick-or-treat in costume throughout the downtown, collecting goodies at participating downtown businesses. Maps are provided that highlight treating stops and activities along the way. Pick up a complimentary treating bag at either Civic Square or Emma’s Back Porch and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate or coffee in Civic Square between 10 a.m. and Noon. Visit for more information.

Knox Holly Wreath Bazaar (Nov. 7)

Everyone is invited to start their holiday shopping early at Knox Presbyterian Church’s Holly Wreath Bazaar on Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 461 Elizabeth St. (@ James). Visit for more information.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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