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 out 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  

"When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars."

  -Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.
This Month
In This Issue
Table of Contents

Calling all Georgian College & Lakehead University Students! 

Are you seeking a quality experiential learning experience  with
 pay? Information Orillia is looking to provide post-secondary students in the community the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills through a Student Owned Pop-Up Volunteer & Information Centre.
  At this on campus pop-up, you will help your peers connect with organizations that align with their career goals, aid in information referral, and be a safe space for any youth facing barriers to purposeful engagement.  

How to Apply:  

Please complete the quick 3-minute form here  to apply and learn more about this position.

Email Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services Manager Sukhi Kaur  with any questions about this opportunity: skaur@informationorillia.org

Did You Know?
Message Board


Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar.  To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org  

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Mariposa Arts Theatre Film Nights: What They Had
January 16th

Run time: 1h 41min

Here's the scoop:  "After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remains at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments bubble to the surface."

What They Had plays this coming Wednesday, Jan 16th at Orillia Galaxy Cinemas (865 West Ridge Boulevard), with showtimes at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Ticket sales start the day of the showing at 3:00 pm 'at the door' and are just $10 (cash only).

Victim Quick Response Program: Seeking Part Time Human Trafficking Support Worker
Applications Due February 3rd


St Athanasius Youth Valentine's Dance
February 15th

St Athanasius Youth Group Valentine's Spaghetti Dinner
February 16th

Hibernation Art Asks 'What is Love?' For Upcoming Exhibition
Submissions Due January 25th

Orillia, ON - Hibernation Arts in downtown Orillia is hosting a group art exhibition in February. Artists are invited to submit original art or photography, any medium, to 'What IS Love?' an exhibition on the theme of love, whatever that means to each participant.
The submission fee to participate is $15 per piece (maximum 2) with dimensions 24" x 24" and under.  Submission deadline is Thursday, January 25 by e-mail to Molly at  mollytas@gmail.com. Please drop-off work work to Hibernation Arts, 7 Peter St. S. on Thursday January 31, 11:00am to 4:00pm.
There will be an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 2 from 1-3pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition runs until February 28, 2019. For more information please contact Molly at  mollytas@gmail.com or through her facebook business page Hibernation Arts.

Molly Farquharson, owner of Hibernation Arts, holds one of her stitchery pieces.

OMAH: History Speakers with Evelyn Ross
January 16th

Join OMAH's History Committee on January 16th for Evelyn Ross's talk "Fleeing from Nazi Europe"

The Orillia Museum of Art & History Speaker Series features presentations by local historians to celebrate our heritage and learn more about our past.

The evening begins at 7:30pm in the Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio on OMAH's third floor. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated and help to support the museum to put on events like this one.

Please contact Hope McGilly Mitchell with any questions 705-326-2159 ext 107 or  email.

Orillia Museum of Art & History: 20th Anniversary
January 26th to March 31st

Opening Soon: OMAH@20

The Upper Gallery

2019 is OMAH's 20th anniversary and we are starting our celebration off with the exhibition, OMAH@20.  This exhibition will showcase OMAH's early days and its development into a flourishing community organization that inspires creativity and celebrates history. Learn about how OMAH came to be, see behind the scenes photographs of the renovations as well as some never before seen artefacts! 

Join us for the opening  (and birthday cake) on January 26th from 2-4 pm. Exhibition openings are free to attend.  

For more information, please contact Hope McGilly Mitchell, Collections Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x107 or by email.

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

Indigenous Parenting & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program Launch Lunch
January 29th

Public welcome to attend the Indigenous Parenting Program & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program launch lunch on Tuesday January 29th at 12pm. 

The launch will detail two great programs that will be offered to the community (county wide), sharing the visions and directions of each program. 

Lunch provided, alongside some awesome door prizes to win! Transportation available as well. 

Please call  705-329-7755  for more information & to  R.S.V.P. 

City of Orillia: Orillia's First Round of 2019 Grants Supports Festivals & Events
News Release

Coun. Pat Hehn presented the first round of grants for 2019 to local festivals and event organizers on behalf of Council on Jan. 11. 
"Festivals and events are truly the heart of our community and provide rich experiences for our residents and visitors alike," said Coun. Hehn. "We are thrilled to support these worthy organizations and look forward to seeing the impact that these funds will make this year."
This is the first round of grants presented in 2019 and were funded as part of the Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events grant program.
Grant recipients through the 2019 Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events:

  • Orillia Heritage Centre
  • Orillia Scottish Festival
  • Roots North Music Festival

The Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events program is part of the City of Orillia grants program and recognizes the valuable contribution festivals and events make to the economic and social fabric of the City, building strong partnerships between the not-for-profit, business and cultural sectors. 
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.

City of Orillia Launches Snowplow Tracker Mobile App
Media Release


Mobile app provides view of when local roads were last plowed
For immediate release (Jan. 11, 2019) - Orillia residents can now track when local roads are plowed using an online application developed by Bell in partnership with the City of Orillia. The Orillia Snowplow Tracker is available through the City's Pingstreet mobile app or at orillia.ca/plows

"One thing you can always count on in Orillia is the unpredictability of snow," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "With the Orillia Snowplow Tracker, we're taking some of the guess-work out of winter and letting residents know exactly which roads have been plowed and when. City crews work extremely hard to maintain local roads throughout the winter and this application will help you see their progress throughout snow events."
Using coloured lines on a map of City streets, the Orillia Snowplow Tracker indicates the timeframe when roads in Orillia were last plowed. The map resets each day at midnight, erasing the coloured lines of the previous 24 hours. For security reasons, there is a 15-minute delay in the mapped location of the operations vehicle.
"The Orillia Snowplow Tracker application is a great way for Orillia residents to stay up-to-speed on City plowing operations directly from their mobile device or computer," said Kyle Mitchell, Manager of Source Protection and Operations. "The City of Orillia has made several improvements to its winter operations over the last two years, including increasing plowing response times, greater plowing frequency and snowbank removal, and reducing the snowpack on roadways. This app will highlight many of these improvements by showing residents exactly where and when snowplows are out keeping Orillia roads up to winter control standards."
The Orillia Snowplow Tracker was developed as part of Bell's Smart City platform, which works towards providing the City with a more a centralized view of data, operations and infrastructure to enhance the City's service to residents and collaboration across City departments. The Snowplow Tracker application is currently in the pilot stage. It is still undergoing testing and will continue to evolve.
The Smart City pilot initiative between the City of Orillia and Bell also includes:
  • An application to monitor and detect the volume of ground water infiltration into the City's sanitary sewer system, pinpointing cost-effective repairs to sanitary pipes.
  • A public Wi-Fi network in the Downtown Business Improvement Area and along the City's waterfront in Couchiching Beach Park.
  • Multi-function digital kiosks providing touchscreen directional wayfinding and promoting local businesses and events to residents and visitors to the city.
"The City of Orillia is a Canadian leader in finding new ways to enhance service to residents with Smart City innovation," said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. "Snowplow Tracker is another great example of how Bell's Smart City platform and world-leading broadband networks enable centres like Orillia to develop innovative new applications that serve the specific needs of their communities."
"The Snowplow Tracker application and other elements of the pilot project with Bell represent ways the City is leveraging technology to provide more efficient levels of service in a cost effective manner, helping to make Orillia a smarter community," said Dan Landry, Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development.
The City of Orillia will review the effectiveness of the Snowplow Tracker application as part of the overall Smart City pilot project with Bell. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback by submitting comments through the application.
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.

Kyle Mitchell
Manager of Source Protection and Operations
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Dan Landry
Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development


CFUW: Guest Speaker Dr.  Erika Catford
January 22nd

St James Anglican Church: Millionaire Club
January 16th

St James Spaghetti Dinner & Movie
January 19th

St James' Social Justice Presents... Stone Soup Lunch
January 27th

Orillia Public Library: January Events
Various dates throughout January

Westmount Congregation: Desserts & Discover
January 23rd

Jubilee Chorale Welcoming New Members
Wednesday Evenings


Mariposa Arts Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank
Various Dates in February

Witness this powerful NEW adaption based on 'The Diary of a Young Girl' about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed attic.

Shows run from February 7th to 17th at the Orillia Opera House, and tickets for this production - and the rest of our season - are on sale now!

Hop on over to the  OOH website  now for more info, and to reserve your seats - and consider giving the gift of theatre this holiday season!

Mariposa Arts Theatre's Upcoming Productions:

The Diary of Anne Frank:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre on:

February 7th - 9th at 7:30pm
February 10th at 2:00pm
February 14th - 16th at 7:30pm
February 17th at 2:00pm

Living Together:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre from April 4th - 14th.

Educating Rita:  Playing at the MAT Centre (12 Brammer Rd, Orillia) from May 23rd - June 2nd.


Power of The Purse: Supporting Dress For Success
January 26th


Girl's need a night out --- and a purse to go with it!

Power of the Purse is a live auction that helps raise funds for Dress for Success. We are expecting more than 200 guests at the event being held Jan. 26th from 6:30 pm-10 pm at the Barrie Country Club. Our goal is to raise $35,000. 

At DfS, we operate a successful suiting program, a pre-employment program called Breakfast Club and an employment retention program called Professional Women's Group. And it's all done with the support and backing provided by funds raised through events, such as the annual Power of the Purse.

Come on out with gal pals, girlfriends, sweethearts, moms, sisters, and best friends, to this event, helping women become a productive part of society.

For more information, please follow us on our social media: 

Facebook: @DressforSuccessOrilliaandBarrie

Instagram: @dressforsuccessorilliabarrie

Twitter: @DfSOrilliaBarrie



Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates in January

Lakehead University Media Release & Writers Way Workshops
Various Dates in January & February


Susan Charters

Heather Wilson

Bree Crowder
Annette Zoheret

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: STOP Program Smoking Cessation Workshop
  January 21st

A free STOP Smoking workshop will be held in Orillia on Jan 21, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

Eligible participants will attend an educational session and receive five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. 

To see if you are eligible and to register, call Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Health Connection toll free at 1-877-721-7520

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

Georgian College Orillia: Earn Your ACE Biology Credit
January through April



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.


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

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Seeking Producer for 'Living Together'
Accepting Applicants Now

We need your help for our April 2019 production of Living Together!

Do you love comedies? Have you thought about dipping your toes into the production side of theatre? Or, are you an experienced producer looking for the right show to jump into?

We want to hear from you!

MAT is looking for a producer (or a team of two co-producers!) for our production of Alan Ayckbourn's Living Together, going up in April 2019.

If you're ready to throw your hat in the ring, or would like more information, just contact Phyllis Johnson at 
mariposaartstheatre@gmail.com .

City of Orillia: Transportation Input Survey
Due January 21st

Provide input on the future of transportation in Orillia
Orillia Transportation Survey available from Dec. 20 to Jan. 21:

For immediate release (Dec. 20, 2018) - Whether you travel by foot, car or bus, for work, school or play, the City of Orillia is looking for your input on the future of Orillia's transportation network.
Starting today, Orillia residents and non-residents are invited to visit orillia.ca/tmp or orillia.ca/haveyoursay to participate in the Orillia Transportation Survey as part of a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update. The results of the survey will help the City of Orillia identify current and future transportation needs and plan accordingly. The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be available until Jan. 21, 2019.
"In order to meet the transportation needs of our residents and those travelling in Orillia, we as the City need to continually evolve and improve," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Now is the time for residents and other stakeholders to provide their input on Orillia's transportation network. By completing the Orillia Transportation Survey online, you will be providing valuable insight that will help shape the future of transportation in Orillia."
The current TMP provides an assessment of the City's road network and transportation improvements that are required up to the year 2030. The TMP update is intended to re-evaluate the planned transportation networks in relation to changing trends, emerging needs, and new opportunities for multiple modes of transportation including driving, transit, cycling, walking, and recreational vehicles.
"Since the last Transportation Master Plan was released in 2011, there have been updates to municipal growth forecasts, changes to policy, and other ongoing transportation initiatives in the community," said Jeremy Dutka, Project Engineer for the City of Orillia. "To better address these changes and opportunities, we want to gather feedback directly from the public. Even if you live outside of the city, but you work or visit Orillia, your input will provide valuable information to help plan for the City's future transportation needs."
The study will be undertaken in accordance with Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process. For more information, please visit orillia.ca/tmp .

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.
Jeremy Dutka
Project Engineer II
Development Services and Engineering Department

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


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