1. Water Dialogues: “Planet Ocean” An Afternoon with Bob McDonald
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, is coming to Waterloo Region this weekend to give a talk for THEMUSEUM’s Water Dialogues series. That saying, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” could apply to McDonald’s talk on water and space. So far, Earth is the only known planet with liquid water on it, though the latest Mars mission will attempt to discover where the suspected water on Mars went. Other known planets either have ice, often located deep under a planet’s surface, or atmospheric water vapour. Learn about how important water is for life on Earth.
2. Christmas in the Village
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Belmont Village, Kitchener
You can get into the Christmas spirit at the Belmont Village this weekend. There will be chances to decorate cookies, make reindeer food (I’m not sure what it is, but I bet it’s delicious), help decorate the Village’s Christmas tree, even take a horse-drawn carriage ride. And Santa will be on hand for photos, so be sure to tell him whether you’ve been naughty or nice! There’s also a silent auction of Christmas wreaths. Proceeds from the day go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
3. The G33k Art Show
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
The G33K (Geek) Art Show’s goal is to showcase upcoming artists who work in genres such as comics, science-fiction and fantasy, and to celebrate “the uniqueness of 'geek' culture and bridge the gap between this culture and conventional art,” according to their mission statement.
There are 29 exhibitors and over ten bands playing through the weekend, workshops and panels, and special guest artists. Did I mention admission is free?
4. Free Carriage Rides
Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
This is the first Friday that you can take a free carriage ride through downtown Kitchener for the holiday season. There are four pickup/drop-off points: The Yeti Café at 14 Eby Street, The Boathouse in Victoria Park, the Coffee Culture at 1 King W and Coffee Time at 255 King St W. The first stop is the Coffee Time at 5:30 p.m. Let those sleigh bells jingle!
5. White Christmas
Friday, November 20 – December 29
St. Jacobs Playhouse
Bing Crosby was dreaming of a white Christmas in this musical by Irving Berlin, and now you can too. The musical’s plot features two old army buddies, now showbiz pros, who try to help their former general save his struggling Vermont inn by putting on a musical. There’s also a bit of romance to spice up the singing.
There are still tickets available for a selection of dates, so be sure to check availability on the show’s website.