Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 
Visit  www.marci.ca
St. James' Anglican Church

 St. James' Anglican Church, located at 58 Peter St. N., is pleased to announce our Spiritual Growth Centre, where a series of workshops are being held. For more information contact  spiritualgrowthcentre@stjamesorillia.com

You can also check  www.stjamesorillia.com or call 705-325-2742 church office.

  Geneva Event Centre
When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Be grateful everyday for the brief but magnificient opportunity that life provides."
  -Carl Sagan
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019.
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Information Orillia Income Tax Clinic 
March 4th-April 30th

Information Orillia provides an annual income tax filing service. During the months of March and April each year there is the opportunity to receive free filing for people with low-income, as well as a sliding scale throughout the year. Drop into our office:
Monday to Thursday 
10:00 am-12:00pm & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Single under $20,000 * Family under $30,000 = FREE or by donation
Single under $30,000 * Family under $40,000 = $10
Over Budget? Low-Middle Income Levels?
Sliding Scale
Contact 705-326-7743 or info@inforamtionorillia.org
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Orillia Concert Band: The Spirit of Dance
March 23rd

Orillia Concert Association: Ensemble Vivant Octet- Tribute to Rick Wilkins
March 3rd

St. James' Anglican Church: St. Patrick's Potluck
March 16th

St. James' Anglican Church: Lenten Events
Various Dates

St. James' Anglican Church: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
March 13th

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Living Together
April 4th-14th


City of Orillia: Securing Redevelopment Rights Over Southern Portion of 70 Front St N
News Release


City securing redevelopment rights over the 
southern portion of 70 Front St. N.
Process allows for Coldwater Street viewscape and future redevelopment
For immediate release (Feb. 22, 2019) -  To enable the transformative redevelopment of 70 Front St. N., the City of Orillia is pursuing steps to secure the right to redevelop the City-owned land on the southern portion of the site.
"We want to be very clear that securing the redevelopment rights over the southern portion of the 70 Front St. N. plaza has no adverse impact on the future of the Metro store in Orillia or its valuable employees. Metro has a long-term lease at its current location for at least a decade. This is one step in the overall downtown waterfront redevelopment process that allows the City to deliver on its commitment to complete the Coldwater Street viewscape and bring a catalytic development to the core of our city," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
While the City currently owns the entire site, Metro and Subway tenants have lease rights over the southern portion of the plaza which could prevent the site from being redeveloped. A legal process has been initiated to secure the City's right to redevelop the site by expropriating certain lease rights which could affect redevelopment. The City has attempted to gain Metro's consent to extend Coldwater Street and redevelop the southern portion of the site; the City will continue to work with Metro on this matter.
In 2016, the City acquired land at 70 Front St. N. in order to extend Coldwater Street to Centennial Drive and to facilitate redevelopment of the underutilized plaza. In 2017, the City introduced a potential development concept to better understand how the site could potentially be developed, and in 2018 Council gave staff the green light to sell the lands through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
When demolition of the southern portion of the site occurs, which will be coordinated with the Centennial Drive reconstruction, the Metro store can still be fully operational as the removal of the southern portion of the plaza does not impact the Metro store and Metro parking lot on the northern portion of the site. The redevelopment of the site has the potential to positively impact Metro as new residents, and therefore potential new customers, would be added to the area.
Concurrently, the City is expropriating the lease rights for Subway located in the southern portion of the plaza and working with Subway to maintain a presence in Downtown Orillia. Two other existing tenants have leases that are expiring in the near-term or have a month-to-month lease and expropriation of their lease rights is therefore not required.
"Securing redevelopment rights is part of the overall process of preparing the downtown waterfront site for sale and redevelopment consistent with the Downtown Tomorrow Plan," said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development. "Enabling the Coldwater Street extension and redevelopment of the southern portion of the site will increase the quality and quantity of bidders and positively impact the overall purchase price."
This latest step is one of many Council has been working through to prepare the underutilized downtown waterfront site for redevelopment. Council recently enshrined through the Zoning By-Law and Official Plan updates specific rules for the Waterfront Redevelopment Lands such as building heights, landscaping requirements, construction of a public square, design policies that are in keeping with the historic nature of the downtown, and parking provisions that take into account the community feedback received through numerous public consultations regarding the future of the area.
"The redevelopment of this site will provide a strategic link between Orillia's beautiful waterfront and heritage downtown that is in keeping with, or even enhancing, Orillia's wonderful character. Council wants to add residents and new jobs to the downtown that will contribute to the overall tax base and bolster the local economy. This will take tax pressure off Orillia residents, stimulate further development in the area, and contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of the community by providing a vibrant downtown core," said Mayor Clarke.
The RFP for the redevelopment of the site is anticipated for release this summer and will outline the vision for the site and evaluation criteria for incoming proposals.
For more information, and to sign up for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project mailing list, visit  orillia.ca/waterfront
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


City of Orillia Participating in The County of Simcoe's LIP Partnership #ItStarts Campaign
March 21st

This year the County of Simcoe's Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is working on a campaign called #ItStarts to reduce racism and discrimination. 

The #ItStarts Campaign is a public education initiative designed to promote equity, acceptance, and diversity. Our goal is to make Simcoe County a more welcoming community for immigrants and visible minorities. We do this by encouraging conversation surrounding racism, and by asking individuals and organizations to take a stand. This year, the campaign will take place over the month of March, which aligns with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). You can learn more about the LIP and the campaign here.
The City will be taking part in this campaign on March 21 by coordinating photos of individuals holding a sign which reads: "I support diversity because..." and posting these photos on social media. We would like to welcome our partner organizations to participate in this initiative with us.
If you would like to take part in this campaign along with the City, you can use the attached the PDF sign for your convenience. When posting on social media, please use the hashtag "ItStarts.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you,

Rhonda Lees Administrative Assistant
Economic Development Department

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Connections: 23rd Annual International Women's Day Art Show
Exhibition until April 14th

Connections:  23rd Annual International Women's Day Art Show

February 16 - April 14
The Mulcahy Family Gallery

Since its inception in 1997, hundreds of women have been inspired to participate in the International Women's Day Art Show in highly dynamic exhibitions, exploring a wide range of media and themes.

This year, over 130 artists are sharing their art and stories, interpreting the theme CONNECTIONS.

Opening remarks will be at 1:30 pm on February 16th.

For more information, please contact Juliana Hawke by email
Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm 
Sunday: 1pm-4pm 

Orillia Business Women's Association: Woman of the Year/Young Woman of the Year Awards Gala
May 8th

Westmount Congregation: Famous Annual Strawberry Shortcake Take-Out
March 20th


Canadian Federation of University Women Meeting: Guest Speakers
February 26th

Jubilee Chorale Choir
Rehearsals Every Wednesday

�� Jubilee Chorale Choir of Orillia is looking forward to our upcoming concert. Enjoy singing? Visit our rehearsals Wed 7-9:15pm @ St. David, 133 James Street East, Orillia. And sing with us in our jazz'n Spring concert. Conductor Brent Mayhew and Jubilee Chorale Choir welcome you ��"


Couchiching Jubilee House & Tapps Performaing Arts: Dancing With The Docs
April 6th

St James' Anglican Church: World Day of Prayer
March 1st

Westmount Congregation Spring Shop-A-Ganza
April 6th

For more information, email  orilliashopaganza@gmail.com.

Orillia Public Library: February Program Highlights
Various Dates in February

St James' Anglican Church: New Service Time
Effective March 3rd

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Annual High School Art Show
Exhibition Until March 17th

My World, My Eyes, My Voice Annual High School Art Show

January 26th to March 17th

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 


Sweet Time Bakeshoppe: Cookies & Cupcakes for a Cause
No Date



St James' Anglican Church: Millionaires Club
February 27th

Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County Programming & Workshops
Various Dates

Click here for the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County's full programs and services guide from February to June.

Community Development Corporation: Optimizing The Power of LinkedIn
March 6th

Click here for more information.

Community Development Corporation: Workplace & Employment Standards
March 27th

Click  here for more information.

Camp Couchiching Community Initiative Project: The Climbing Tree- Experiential Tutoring
No Date

Orillia Community Kitchen Workshop: Hamburger Soup
February 27th

Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search



Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: RACE Against Drugs Local Planning Committee 
April 10th & 11th

Click here for volunteer posting.

Job descriptions:

Seeking Volunteer Coordinator (for approx. 40  vol each day)
  • He/She would work along with Carolyn
  • Call the lists of volunteers we have  prior to the event
  •  Welcome them the days of the event, and assign pre planned tasks, trouble shoot with me  with flexibility for the day as needs change J
  •  Set up  volunteer table for registering and directing the  volunteers for the 4 sessions Wed/Thurs am 8-12 PM 12-3 pm
Seeking Volunteer Lunch Coordinator (This could be the same person or a different person):
  • Set up tables with table cloths and make sure the kitchen is neat and clean
  •  May need to purchase coffee, cream sugar,  and make coffee (with our budget)
  • Would set out the sandwiches, fruit vegetables and  cookies, may need to heat soup and serve
  •  Would work with two grade 8 students from Notre Dame who are our Eco Commandos (to decrease our waste and leave a green footprint)  they take jugs of water to the presenters vs having water bottles. They also help set up the lunch and clean up after
  • Would help 2 other volunteers to set up and give out the snack for kids at the rotational pit stop (dixie cups of water and dixie cups with fish crackers in them
It is  a great event educating, increasing awareness and empowering our 650 grade five students from 22 elementary schools who are 10 years old:  to delay onset of drugs, cannabis and alcohol as well as  to handle peer pressure in a strong healthy way.

Those interested in volunteering may contact Carolyn Jones:

705-325-9565 ext. 7543 or  705-345-6677


Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


RBC Work-Integrated Learning Program With Lakehead University
No Date


North Simcoe Vitctims Services: Become a Crisis Responder
February 27th


United Way Simcoe Muskoka: Now Accepting Youth United Grant Applications
February 28th


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