Kate's five fun things to do this weekend — Feb. 9 to 11

It may be a snowy weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to hibernate.

Sure, there's snow in the forecast all weekend, but that doesn't mean you need to stay indoors.

There are many fun events happening in and around Waterloo region. Here are just a few.

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Laurier Symphony Orchestra

8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10

Maureen Forester Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo

Directed by former Laurier faculty member Paul Pulford and featuring violinist Billy Bao, the orchestra will play three selections: Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82, Alexander Glazunov; and Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Black Experience Project — Conversation

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11

Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener

The Black Experience Project started with a question: "What does it mean to be Black in the Greater Toronto Area." The conversation around that question will be the focus of this event in the rotunda at city hall. Marva Wisdom, the founding chairperson of both the Guelph Black Heritage Foundation and Guelph Citizenship Committee, will be the keynote speaker and lead a discussion on the topic.

Family Fun Theme Sunday: Winter Olympics

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11

Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village, 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener

If you've got the Olympic spirit and are eager to learn more about the Winter Games, take in the exhibits at the museum. It includes playing some games to try to win gold and learning about local Olympic heroes. Design your own medal, go through the obstacle course and learn interesting tidbits from staff. Of course, before and/or after your visit, you can get all the up-to-date information about the Olympics at the CBC Olympics page.

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden will be talking about her book during Hillside Inside in Guelph. (Alkan Emin/Random House Canada)

K-W Coldest Ride of the Year

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10

Starts at Waterloo Public Square, uptown Waterloo

Ends at the Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E., Kitchener

Shake the snow off your bicycle, grab your helmets and head out for this family friendly ride from uptown Waterloo to the Kitchener Market. This is also the launch of TriTag's new cycling group, TriCycle.

Hillside Inside

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10

11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11

Various venues, downtown Guelph

It's a weekend of music in Guelph with so many performances going on. There's two concert series: Girls and Guitars as well as Queers on Quebec Street, with performances all day Saturday. There's an afternoon show at Royal Electric with Sun K., Texas King and Band of Rascals. On Sunday, Canadian legend Jann Arden will be at Miijidaa Café to talk about her book, Feeding My Mother: Comfort And Laughter In The Kitchen As My Mom Lives With Memory Loss and there's a performance by singer-songwriter Rose Cousins. There are two free events Saturday — parking lot hockey and a youth showcase — and then West African drumming on Sunday. All the events will have you thinking ahead to the warm July days of the Hillside Festival.


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