What’s On Oshawa Weekend: Mar 19 – 20, 2016

23536777390_279dffbd77_oDon’t sit at home this weekend!  It’s the “Fri Yay” edition of our round-up:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Start the day with play!  Enjoy free preschool drop-in playtime filled with age-appropriate equipment for children and parents to explore together.  Time:  10 am to 11:30 am.  Location:  South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Cedar Street.  Cost:  FREE

Take a St. Patrick’s Day tour of cars of England and Ireland at the Canadian Automotive Museum.  Join museum staff and explore the lesser known stories behind the Canadian Automotive Museum’s diverse collection of British vehicles, including DeLorean, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Vauxhall, Allard, and Jensen-Healey, which reflect Canada’s historic economic ties to the British Empire.  Time:  1 pm to 2 pm.  Location:  99 Simcoe Street South. Cost: $8 adults, $5 youth.  Register online or call (905) 576-1222.  

Catch a flick at Cineplex Family Favourites!  This week Cineplex presents The Games Maker, where young Ivan Drago’s newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired to destroy the city of Zyl, founded by Ivan’s grandfather. To save his family and defeat Morodian, Ivan must come to know what it is to be a true Games Maker. Time:  11 am.  Cost:  $2.99.  Location:  1351 Grandview Street North. 

Join community artist and educator Sam Ouellette at the LivingRoom Community Art Studio for a morning workshop and learn how to turn old cds into works of sparkly, woven art that can be hung in a window or displayed in a garden! Time:  11 am to 1 pm.  Location:  149 Simcoe Street South.  Cost:  Pay-What-You-Can! Contact   to register or for more information.

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly a drone or UAV?   ACE at UOIT has partnered with Clarion Drone Academy Inc. (Flight Training Program) to bring you a day of fun with drones! Participants will have the pleasure of flying Drones/UAV’s through a race track/obstacle course which will be provided by Clarion. Participants will also be under the supervision of trained certified professionals. Upon completion of the flight day, you will receive a certificate commemorating your flying achievement! If you are interested in this new up and coming industry and would like to learn more regarding the operation of drones as well as learn to fly them, please register today! Time: 9 am to 4 pm Location:  UOIT, 2000 Simcoe Street North, in GYMs 1 & 2.  Cost:  $20 that will be collected upon registration.  Lunch included.  

Catch multi-platinum pop rockers Marianas Trench and the Never Say Die tour with special guests Walk off the Earth!  Time:  7 pm.  Location:  GM Centre, 99 Athol Street East.  Cost:  $35 – $65.  Purchase online.

Celebrate Earth Hour at the Port Whitby Marina and join Town of Whitby staff, along with the Durham Astronomical Association at a free stargazing party!  Check out the night sky through telescopes, and explore displays and activities inside the Marina Clubhouse.  Time:  8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Location:  301 Watson Street West.  Cost:  FREE, just show up.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Learn about Oshawa’s First Nations history at the Oshawa Community Museum Tea and Talk, where visitor host Sarah Cotes will speak about the lives of the Lake Ontario Iroquois, and how archaeologists discovered their existence.   Time:  1 pm to 3 pm.  Location:  Oshawa Community Museum, 1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park. Cost:  $10, reservations required.  

Yard sale season comes early!  Come out and support the LivingRoom Community Art Studio at their indoor yard sale, where craft kits, art materials, and original artwork are up for grabs!  Time:  12 pm to 4 pm.  Location:  149 Simcoe Street South.  Cost:  FREE

Coming Up

The Inaugural Dean’s Public Lecture, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT presents Margaret Trudeau – Changing my Mind.  Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.  This event is hosted by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The event is free to attend, but you must have a ticket in advance of the date. Click here for ticket information.  Date:  March 30, 2016.  Time:  7 pm. Location:  UOIT Regent Theatre. 

Durham Shoestring Players present The Timekeepers by Dan Clancy, directed by Phil Ireland.
Set in Sachsenhausen near Berlin in 1940. Wearing the yellow star and the pink triangle, Benjamin and Hans would be unlikely co-workers in the free world. Ben’s talent fixing Nazi-looted watches and Hans’s skillful manipulation of their green-triangled Capo keep them alive as they learn to swallow their differences enough to cooperate. Fixing time while serving it, their complicated empathy leads to friendship and an ultimate shared humanity.  Featuring: Rick Kerr, Joseph Lauria, John Lunman; Stage Managers – Michele LaPointe, Amanda Tansley.  Dates:  Mar. 25, 26, 30, 31, Apr. 1, 2, 2016 8 pm.  Tickets:  $15.  Email dsp@durhamshoestring.org to purchase.  

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