home and garden show two decade old spring tradition
Cool and rainy weather proved to be that extra perfect incentive to draw people out to the 2017 show. The 2019 show will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre Apr. 26-28. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Be sure to attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 22nd Annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 26-28.
This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors will include experts in lawn and garden, home entertainment, décor and comfort, investments, insurance, landscaping, leisure, pest control, porches and decks, real estate, renovations, travel and water treatment.
Also returning this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community. People are invited to stop by the booth provided by the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association to learn about the impending arrangement with Bluewater for the community to take over management of the arena.
Admission is free. The show is open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).
Attendees at the show will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights of the event include face painting for children (Friday, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.) and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the show Saturday midday.
Monetary prizes offered at Easter Weekend photo hike
The Bayfield River Trail Association (BRVTA) invites you to enjoy a hike with a difference on Saturday, Apr. 20.
Participants should check in at the Stanley Recreation Complex (0.5 KMs west of Varna) at 2 p.m., bringing with them a mobile phone or camera. Ten pictures of sites/items found on Mavis' Trail will be on display.
Participants will be able to photograph (or memorize) the pictures before setting off to search for and take their own photographs of the subject matter. Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team that finds and is the first to submit photographic proof of the most targets. Photographic proof should aim to recognizably duplicate the target photo and can be submitted to Peter Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org
First prize is $50 and second is $25, but the real prizes are available to all - the fresh air, the exercise, the wonderful company and the opportunity to support and make use of well-kept trails.
For anyone unfamiliar with the trails, Mavis' Trail is a delightful route through woodland with occasional views of the Bayfield River. It is about 2.5 KMs long with a difficulty level of 3 and natural trail surfaces. At this time of year, it is advisable to wear good treads or cleats as the trails can be slippery at times.
The hike leaders will be: Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers 519482-7572. Everyone welcome!
support available for those in need of free tax help
Once again, this year, the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). This program is approved and registered by the Canada Revenue Agency and provides free tax preparation to eligible individuals.
The last session will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 6-8 p.m. on Apr. 17.
People may be eligible for this service if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from the following sources: employment, pension, interest under $1,000, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered retirement income plans (RRIFs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants and benefits such as Canada Pension Plan disability, employment insurance and social assistance.
Family income levels suggested are: one person, $30,000; two persons, $40,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.
A tax situation is not simple if people are self-employed or have employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses, capital gains or losses, filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.
Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2017 Income Tax Return, 2017 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2018 Income Slips - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T3, T5007 etc., 2018 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2018 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2018 Medical Receipts and Statements, and 2018 Charitable Donations Receipts.
Pilates and Joga at the Lake House this spring
People are encouraged to wrap their bodies in a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness at every level of physical ability. Pilates is coming to the Lake House in Bayfield this spring along with a hot new form of Yoga.
Starting in April, local Stott Pilates Instructor Nicole Miller, of Organic Skeleton will be delivering quality instruction in the Stott Pilates Method and a fire-burning hybrid of Yoga called “Joga”.
According to Miller, “Pilates isn’t just a workout, it’s a mindset and like Yoga and a practice that becomes a lifestyle! In a Pilates class not only will you feel the muscular essence but you will also notice a relief to aches and pains created by emotional and physical stress. Individuals who have been practicing Pilates have seen back pain diminish, shoulder and neck problems decrease, and postural issues change dramatically. Classes focus on the entire body and allow members to modify the exercises with preparations and modifications that cater to many different body types and abilities.”
Joga utilizes all of the great things that people know work in a yoga practice.
“Think about the calm mindset coming from controlled breathing and relaxation techniques and then combine it with movements that challenge the body through proper alignment to gain the safest and most efficient results,” said Miller. “Joga will leave you feeling like your glutes are on fire and at the same time send you home with a mindset that is calm and focused.”
Miller has an introductory offer on private sessions to anyone signing up for the spring session. “Pilates with Nicole” begins on Apr. 15 and runs until June 3. These sessions will be held on Mondays starting at 6:30 p.m. Joga will start on Apr. 29 and end on May 29. These classes will happen on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information please contact Nicole Miller at email@example.com or visit her website at www.organicskeleton.com
Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Apr. 10.
Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Apr. 17.
Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Apr. 14 at 4 p.m.
"For the Love of Bayfield", the revised and updated version soon to be published, will be the topic of discussion at the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on Apr. 29.
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome.
The Bayfield Historical Society is looking to hire a couple of summer students to assist with collections management and village outreach. Anyone who loves history, is detail oriented, has computer skills and can work independently is asked to please forward their resume to Archivist Joy Yates via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note being able to work weekends is a must!
Saturdays at the Library
April boasts not one, but two, Saturdays at the Library sessions hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).
Janet Stewart (Submitted photo)
Estate Planning with Janet E. Stewart is the first session to be offered on Apr. 13.
Stewart is a partner at Lerners Lawyers in London. She also has a home and Bayfield and a long-time connection to the community.
She will lead a discussion and question and answer period about estate planning including, wills and power of attorney.
Then on Apr. 27 Ben Woodward will be the featured speaker.
Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, will give a presentation about his experiences including how winning Canada’s largest student geography competition changed his life.
Both of these sessions are 1.5 hours in length and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.
Easter Egg Hunt
Forty-five pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on Apr. 21.
Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.
Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.
The Fifth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Monday afternoon, Apr. 22.
Starting at 2 p.m., local groups and individuals of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.
Garbage bags can be dropped back at Clan Gregor Square for disposal.
Hike Leader Course
Anyone interested in learning to lead safe and enjoyable hikes is invited to register for a Hike Leader Course, certified by Hike Ontario on Apr. 27
This one-day certification course will cover things such as preparation for leading a hike, backpack recommendations, risk management, advertising, monitoring, and trail etiquette to name only a few aspects of the day.
Successful participants receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Graduates will relate to experienced hike leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.
The course will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The instructor will be Tom Friesen and the cost to participate is $60.
To register and for more details visit the Hike Ontario website at www.hikeontario.com.
Click on “Take a course”, “Course Calendar” and select “Bayfield” location
This course is open to interested adults and is sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.