Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - March 7-8

Meet one of Canada's first female fighter pilots, laugh at a comedy show or check out the dinosaurs at a new exhibit.
Check out the new dinosaur exhibit at TheMuseum this Saturday. ( para/Shutterstock)

Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival

March 5 - 7

Various times and locations

If this winter has depleted your laughter stores, replenish them this weekend with one or several of the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival shows. There's even a family-friendly show at the Registry Theatre on Saturday afternoon, plus a heap of shows across Kitchener and Waterloo Friday and Saturday evenings.

Grand Opening: 'Getting Naked' & 'Dinosaurs: The Edge of Extinction'

10 a.m. -  5 p.m., Saturday, March 7

TheMuseum, 10 King Street W., Kitchener

Two new exhibits are coming to TheMuseum this weekend and you can catch both on opening day. Getting Naked features a selection of nudes from the Canada Council Art Bank, which are rarely exhibited. Dinosaurs: The Edge of Extinction features two favourites, the triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex, and explores how they lived until the mass extinction event that marked the end of the Cretaceous period, 66 million years ago. 

​​She Speaks

8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, Council Chamber at Kitchener City Hall 

2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, Idea Exchange Library Hespeler

She Speaks is a free staged reading of plays written by women, about women and is presented in time for International Women's Day on March 8. There are two performances, one in Kitchener and one in Cambridge. Donations will go to the Women's Crisis Centre of Waterloo Region and The International Centre for Women Playwrights. 

​​Celebrate Women of Aviation

9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre Main Hangar, 3-4881 Fountain St. N., Breslau

At this event celebrating women in aviation, meet Maj. (Ret.) Deanna Brasseur, one of the first two women in the world trained to fly a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet. Brasseur went on to log 2,500 hours of flight time and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999. Brasseur will be on a speaker's panel, along with five other women involved in aviation, including an avionics technician, a maintenance engineer and a director of flight operations. Women and girls who have never been in a plane before should show up early and register for a free flight! Seats are limited and registration starts at 9:00 a.m. 

​Ice Jam 2015

Gates 5:00 p.m., starts at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7

Elora Mill Inn, 77 Mill St., Elora

​If you can't wait for summer and summer music festivals, get your fix at Ice Jam 2015 in Elora this weekend. The Arkells are headlining, and they're joined by Rich Aucoin, Dear Rouge and Legato Vipers, as well as the Break The Ice video contest winners, 5 Live Rock. I should point out that this concert is entirely outdoors and, while there are warming stations, there won't be any access to the inside of the Mill. Wear two pairs of long johns. 


Andrea Bellemare is a reporter and producer with CBC Radio. She helped launch the new CBC Kitchener-Waterloo radio station in 2013 and worked as a producer there for half a decade, reported for CBC Montreal, produced radio documentaries for CBC Radio and covered disinformation for CBC News. She has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.


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