Apple Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Battlefield House Museum and Park, Stoney Creek

The fall tradition of apple festival is coming back for another year. Family-friendly activities are planned for the whole day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., pancake breakfast, games, pumpkin decoration demonstrations and other entertainment will keep the entire family busy. Baking enthusiasts can also sign up for the Battlefield Bake-off. Regular museum admission rates apply.

Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Nagata Shachu

When: Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Molson Canadian Studio, Hamilton Convention Centre

Nagata Shachu, the Toronto-based Japanese taiko drumming ensemble, is bringing its heart-pounding sounds to Hamilton on Saturday. Formed in 1998, the group has toured throughout Canada and the U.S. It aims to combine folk drumming traditions with innovative music to rejuvenate the ancient Japanese art form.

Call for volunteers

When: Starts Saturday Sept. 28

Where: Online

The Hamilton Civic League is seeking a large number of volunteers to help conduct its community values and priorities survey. The results of the survey, according to the league, will "assist voters to evaluate the decision-making process at City Hall and help prepare the community to make informed decisions in time for the 2014 municipal election." The survey is scheduled to begin this Saturday. Volunteers can register online at or to call 905-545-5577.

Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins: 'The Collaborationists'

When: June 13 to Sunday, Sept. 29

Where: Art Gallery of Hamilton

Sunday is the last day of the summer-long exhibition by Canadian artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Titled "The Collaborationists," it has been on display in Hamilton since June. The multimedia exhibition features installations, sculptures, paintings and audio stations. Showcasing modernist art, the Toronto art duo's work is described to “explore intellectual subjects in a refreshingly playful manner."

Ancaster Gem, Mineral Bead and Jewellery Show 2013

When: Friday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Sept. 29

Where: Ancaster Fairgrounds

Want to learn the difference between rocks, fossils and crystals? There's a free seminar for that at the Ancaster Gem, Mineral Bead and Jewellery show this weekend. You can also purchase wares from 35 vendors who will be participating in the event. Admission costs $8 and a two-day pass is $14. Kids under 12 get free admission.


Reminder: Charlton Avenue West will be closed Saturday for water service and emergency sewer repair. The road will be closed from Park Street South to Caroline Street South between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HSR Routes 6 Aberdeen and 34 Upper Paradise be running detours during this period. You can visit and look under “news and detours” for more route details.