Next to Normal

Hammer Entertainment is tackling mental health issues head-on in their new performance, Next to Normal.

"This is something we felt needed to be talked about," said Jason Dick, the artistic director of Hammer Entertainment.

Next to Normal tells the story of Diana Goodman (played by Stacey Milford) a suburban housewife who is struggling with bipolar disorder coupled with hallucinations that stem from a trauma in her life, sixteen years earlier.

The play deals with the strain mental illness can place on a family, issues of medication and even delves into shock therapy and suicide.

Next to Normal runs from Oct. 19 to Oct. 27 at the Citadel Theatre. For more information, visit Hammerentertainment.ca 

The Mum Show

This Saturday, gardening enthusiasts can check out the Hamilton Fall Garden and Chrysanthemum Show at the Gage Park Greenhouse.

The show is a Hamilton staple, having started in 1920. There'll be over 200 varieties of "Mums" (as those in the know call them) and more than 75,000 blooms.

General admission is $6, for seniors and children from five to 10 it's $5, and children under five get in free.

Call 905-546-2489 or visit hamiltoninbloom.com for more info.

Landscapes and Butterflies

Barry Hodgon's "Landscapes & Butterflies" works on canvas and paper will be on display at the Gallery on the Bay. A reception runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live jazz by Richard Whitehouse and Clark Johnson.

For more information, visit Galleryonthebay.com.

Ghost Walk in the Hermitage Ruins

Halloween is fast approaching, and Haunted Hamilton is inviting you to travel the dark, tree-lined path of the haunted Dundas Valley woods with only a lantern light guiding the way.

Ghost stories abound. Directions and instructions sent when you reserve.

For more information, visit Hauntedhamilton.com/ghostwalks

Locke Street Art Market

It's getting close to the end of the season for the Locke Street Art Market.

Come check out local artisans selling handmade arts and crafts in the heart of Locke Street from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.