Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do - January 25-26

Online host Andrea Bellemare has some suggestions for weekend fun, from a painting competition to Lunar New Year celebrations.

1. Lunar New Year celebrations

Saturday and Sunday, various times

Ring in the Year of the Horse this weekend. The Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre is hosting a New Year’s festival on Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. at HauserHaus at the Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex. There will be food, activities for kids, and performances. More information is available on CCOCC’s website.

The Fo Shang Guan Buddha’s Light Centre in Waterloo is hosting a Lunar New Year Market at 9 Elgin Street in Waterloo. There will be lion dances, food, red envelopes (whoo!) and a wishing tree. Events are happening on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 – 4:00pm

2. Rashaan and Yanick Allwood’s Classical Piano Recital

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

First United Church, 16 William Street, Waterloo

Here’s a chance to hear a rising piano star. Rashaan Allwood won a National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for the highest piano exam grade in Canada in 2013 and is currently in his second year studying piano at the University of Toronto. The concert is put on locally by the Coalition for the Success of African Caribbean Canadian Youth. Tickets are available at Words Worth Books in Waterloo, Kaieteur Gold Jewellers in Cambridge, Cut “n Style in Kitchener or by calling Lauris DaCosta at 519-725-2369 or Marica Smellie at 519-884-9258.

3. The Brush Off

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

The Museum, Kitchener

Paint will fly at this art battle/fundraiser on Saturday night. Twenty local artists will be painting to start i, and then audience votes on who makes it to the next round, through 4 rounds of 30 minutes of painting. In the end, only one artist will be crowned a winner and there will be 38 works of art you can bid on and maybe take home with you.

4. Repair Café

Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

KwartzLab Makerspace, Kitchener

Instead of throwing out your broken stuff, fix it! Head over to KwartzLab Makerspace in Kitchener and meet people who can help fix it, whether its furniture, clothing, computers, electronics or appliances. Kwartzlab describes its facility of “2400 sq ft of working space, power tools, wifi, lounge, library, digital projector and a kitchen with a fully-stocked drink fridge.”

5. Urban Sketch Crawl

Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Death Valley's Little Brother, Waterloo

KW Urban Sketchers are hosting this all-day drawing marathon/crawl. Artists should meet at Death Valley’s Little Brother in Uptown Waterloo at 9 a.m. and from there, artists will spread out across uptown, drawing what they see. Artists will reconvene at 4pm to share their sketches. Free.

About the Author

Andrea Bellemare


Andrea Bellemare is a producer and reporter working at CBC Montreal. She has worked in many departments at CBC, from radio to TV to online, and she has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.