5 fun things to do this weekend in Waterloo Region

Online host Andrea Bellemare has a pretty diverse set of suggestions for weekend activities this weeked, from taking ukelele lessons to cleaning up your local park.
The mooon hovers above Earth is this picture from Col. Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency. (Col. Chris Hadfield/CSA/Reuters)

1. Clean up your park

Earth Day isn’t until officially happening until April 22, but many of us might have to be at work then. So you can get a jump start this Saturday by helping to clean up your local park. Not only do you get to do something good for a local park, Tim Hortons is giving away free prizes, snacks T-Shirts and you can enter into a draw to win a new bike.

Here are the locations for the Saturday cleanup:

Kitchener: McLennan Park 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Ottawa and Strasburg entrance

Waterloo: Waterloo Park– 10:00am –noon at the Albert and Young Street entrance

Cambridge:  9:00- Noon at the following locations:

  • Hespeler - Tim Hortons on Holiday Inn Drive
  • Galt - Galt Arena Gardens parking lot/Soper Park and the Farmer's Market
  • Preston - Riverside Park, King St. entrance

Woolwich Township: 8:30a.m. - noon, contact Ann Roberts with Woolwich Township for more information on locations near you at 519-669-6027 or a.roberts@woolwich.ca.


2. Earth Day activity at a market:

Kitchener Markets and Cambridge Farmer’s Market are both doing fun things for Earth Day.

The Kitchener Market Colour Paradise Greenhouse is giving planting demos and sharing tips on gardening

At the Cambridge Market, kids can make their very own Chia pets from recycled stuff. You can also enter to win enviro prizes.  


3. Buy some pottery

Fri. 1:00 - 9:30 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sun.12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Waterloo Potters are holding their Workshop Sale this weekend, and also –it should be noted celebrating their 45th anniversary this year. Starting Friday, you can head to the Waterloo Memorial Rec Centre to purchase works in clay by this group. I spied everything from herb pots to birds to mugs to plate on their website, and there will also be some "mix media" pieces with wood-pottery fusion.  More details: http://www.waterloopotters.ca/


4. See Stephen Fearing and The Ondine Trio

Stephen Fearing is touring in support of his new record "Between Hurricanes." Catch him at Kitchener’s The Rookery on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Kids under 12 are free, and kids under 16 are only $5. And take note of this line in the event description: "Bring an appetite - we'll be putting out the usual copious and quintessentially-'Rookery' spread of food (Rookery Donations appreciated)."

You’ve been warned.

Details are available on The Rookery’s Facebook page

5. Take a workshop at a museum

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Pruning Trees and Shrubs Workshop

At the Waterloo Region Museum. Bob Wildfong is Doon Heritage Village's Heritage Gardener and he will show you how to prune stuff in your garden and backyard without killing it. Or maybe that’s just my family. But these are important skills to have and timely given the warmer weather on the horizon.


JamSchool’s Ukelele Jam

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

You can’t hold a ukulele flash mob until you know how to play one, so learn the basics at The Museum this Saturday. You’ll learn how to tune your little stringed friend, how to play chords and strum.