INCOME TAX CLINICS
Help from community volunteer tax professionals for support with filing your personal income taxes.
In partnership with the CRA - free income tax clinics for individuals with incomes up to $35,000/individuals and $45,000/family. Taxes are prepared by community volunteers.
Telephone appointment bookings begin February 15.
Appointments from Monday Feb 15 – Friday April 30, 6:30-8:30 pm
Register at: bit.ly/3s3lmxI
The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Join us for an introductory astronomy session! Formerly known as Homebound Astronomy.
We will be reducing our schedule to once every two weeks so we can
get out observing.
Tuesdays | April 27, May 11 & 25 | 3:30pm
Zoom registration through RASC: bit.ly/3daMp4s
In partnership with The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION MEETUP
Join us monthly to practice English in everyday conversation.
Each meetup will feature a different theme.
All levels of spoken English are welcome.
Wednesdays, May 12 & June 9 | 10:30 - 11:30am
Register at bit.ly/33eBXEg or email Claudia at email@example.com
BOYS & BOOKS
A book discussion and social group for cis and trans, gay, bisexual and queer guys. This virtual group will hold monthly meetings to discuss stories written by and about GBQ guys and how they impact our lives today.
Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:pm
May 11 | The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde
June 8 | The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power / Desmond Cole
July 13 | Jonny Appleseed / Joshua Whitehead
In partnership with CAYR Community Connections.
Register at bit.ly/39zCbtE
Hiring Trends in Canada | Thurs May 13 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Discover the hiring trends that are shaping the job market now and into the future. Learn how to target your job search and tailor your resume to showcase your skills and make the most of these new opportunities.
Register at sforce.co/3utKtv1
Networking for Your Career | Thurs June 10 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
In Canada, it’s not always what you know, but who you know that helps you move forward in your job search. In this interactive workshop, discover how to build your online and offline local professional network, effectively leverage your contacts, and boost your networking confidence.
Register at sforce.co/2R6Xnk8
In partnership with ACCES Employment.
In these uncertain and stressful times, learn the benefits of meditation and basic meditation techniques that you will be able to practice on your own or with others.
One hour virtual sessions once a month.
New members welcome.
Saturday April 17 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
For Zoom details, visit: bit.ly/3tOAKPv
Feel the benefits of gentle core body stretches, movements, and postures that will engage both sides of the body. Led by Jackie Thornton.
Thursday April 29 | 3:30 - 4:00pm
For Zoom details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLUGGED IN-TIPS & STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING SCREEN TIME
Does screen time in your home ever feel like scream time? Is it hard to get your children unplugged? If you answered yes, the Plugged In workshop is for you.
Monday April 19 | 10:30am -12:00pm
Topics include: Guidelines for healthy screen time use, understanding how screen time effects the brain, how your own technology use impacts children, and strategies for managing screen time.
In partnership with York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families.
Register at bit.ly/3sAFmIV
ENTERPRISING CAREERS (Women 18+)
Boost your self-confidence as you identify your interests and skills. Discover employment options that fit your personality. Get motivated to follow your career path. Plus, access networking events with special guest speakers.
Orientation Session: Friday Apr 9 or 16
Program Dates: Fridays, April 23 – June 18 l 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register at: www.wcyr.ca/registration
There is no cost to participants. Eligibility: Women 18 + | York Region Resident. Funded by The Regional Municipality of York.
Newcomers' Health and Well-Being Workshop Series
Join us for these free virtual workshops for newcomers to Canada related to your health and well-being.
Sleep Hygiene l Wed Apr 21 l 1:30 – 3:00pm
Healthy Nutrition in Canada l Wed May 5 l 10:00 – 11:30am
Mindfulness Practice and Mental Health l Wed May 19 l 1:30 – 3:00pm
In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe.
Register at bit.ly/3u7UXA7
BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Energy-efficient, neighbourhood friendly homes offer homeowners andresidents many attractive benefits. By design, new ways of creating sheltercan help to conserve the earth’s natural resources, reduce natural gas usage and electricity bills.
Presentation with Q&A facilitated by Chris Ballard, CEO Passive House Canada
Thursday April 22 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/3rBLYW3
EARTH DAY! Keeping Birds Safe with FLAP
This year, more than ever, our homes have become our sanctuaries. Birds in and around our spaces delight us with song and colour.
However, are these spaces safe for these winged beauties?
Bird collisions with windows at residential homes are a major threat to birds' lives. Learn why this is a problem, and how you can be part of the solution.
Thursday April 22 | 2:00 - 3:30pm
In partnership with FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program)
Register at: bit.ly/3b7UEgA | Zoom details will be emailed.
TUESDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB
Join us virtually for a new topic every month in a friendly and engaging atmosphere. No prior knowledge is required, only an active and open mind. New members always welcome.
Tuesday April 27 | 7:00 - 9:00pm
Topic: Bernard Lonergan, Part 2
Register at: bit.ly/31c9cHD
NEWCOMER BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Join us monthly for a virtual Newcomer Book Discussion Group where you will have the opportunity to practice your English listening, reading and conversational skills. All levels welcome! *A limited number of books will be made available to participants.
In partnership with Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR) through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).
Wednesdays, April 28, May 26, June 23 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
To register email LSP@ccsyr.org; Call/Text 647-859-9092; Office (message): 905-770-7040 x 227/234
FROM GARDEN TO PLATE
COVID-19 has brought greater awareness to the importance of food security, the benefits of gardening for mental health, as well a heightened enjoyment of eating fresh veggies just picked that day. Whether you’re a long time gardener or novice, our expert panel has some advice to prep you for success.
Thursday May 6 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Topics: Vermiculture (worm composting), Community gardens & upcoming workshops and Growing & preparing fresh food for your family.
Register at: bit.ly/3u44xVr
Traditional, Self-Publishing, or Hybrid
There is a lot more to editing than just checking grammar and spelling. It can include everything from checking that you have historical facts correct to making your humour funnier. There's a standard sequence of editing steps, and understanding the steps will make revising your own writing go more smoothly.
Optional: Which model best fits your writing?
Thursday May 13 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/3qA307s
Join us monthly for an interactive expert-facilitated virtual workshop for expecting parents and those with babies and toddlers.
Each month, we will feature a different guest speaker and topic.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and connect with other families.
Thursdays, May 20 & June 17 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register at: bit.ly/3iUd0EG
@ Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Enjoy a virtual tour featuring elements of the legislative building that are hidden in plain sight.
Friday May 28 | 12:30 - 1:00pm
In partnership with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Register at: bit.ly/3snBV89
BEAUTIFUL NATIVE PLANTS:
Less Work, Less Water
Native plants are beautiful, easy to grow options for any space.
Get inspired and gain the resources to plan your own natural garden oasis!
Receive a free e-copy of the Greening Your Grounds Homeowner’s Guide with detailed instructions on how to implement these projects athome.
Tuesday June 1 | 6:30 - 8:00pm
In partnership with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.
Register at: bit.ly/37KweZK
JUST 4 YOU: Monthly Women's Meetup
Whether you are new to our community or are a long-time resident, Just 4 You is your space to build friendships, learn something new and have some fun.
We are currently online, but we can still share a virtual coffee or tea when we get together over Zoom.
Guest speakers and hands-on activities will be listed in advance.
Register at bit.ly/2QgcxTY or email Claudia at email@example.com
The CULINARY TRAVELLER: a virtual tour
Be inspired by the diversity of global cuisine at an online cook-along showcasing foods and recipes from around the world.
Friday June 4 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register at bit.ly/2PnbxND
In Partnership with York Region Food Network.
How to Write a Query Letter
There are four standard parts to a query letter, and messing up any of the four can reduce your chances of finding a publisher.
Optional: An evaluation of your query letter.
Thursday June 10 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/2OM0WLn
Second Career Information Session
The Second Career Information Session helps you understand this government funding option in order to assist your return to work
You will learn about eligibility, application process, extra resources to assist your labour market and school research, and more.
Thursday June 24 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
THE EVERYTHING WALL
Be inspired and transform the fencing around Library Square into the Everything Wall, an evolving community art project.
Snap a picture of your work and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a prize in a weekly draw.
Entries will be posted on APL’s FB page.Thank you for respecting community standards.
Contest dates: July 5 - 30, 2021
For information on OBOA visit onebookoneaurora.com
OBOA WRITING CONTEST (Adults 18+)
This year’s OBOA writing contest invites you to tap into your imagination and draw from elements of fantasy, fairy tale, science fiction, or magic realism.
For information about OBOA and the writing contest,
Send your entry to: email@example.com
Contest Deadline: Friday October 31, 2021
OBOA PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST (Adults 18+)
This year’s OBOA Photography Contest invites your photos of art encountered in unexpected places.
For information about OBOA and the photography contest,
Send your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.orgContest Deadline: Friday October 1, 2021
Todd Jamieson of the Oneida Nation of the Thames is an artist and educator. Join him for an evening of learning and creativity as he shares the richness, beauty and symbolism of his culture. Todd will lead participants in creating their own woodlands-style drawing based on their personal Birth Totem. Presentation | Q&A | Drawing Workshop
Thursday September 16 at 7:00pm
Tickets available at bit.ly/3rDio3e
For information about OBOA visit www.onebookoneaurora.com
GRAFFITI DREAMS: writing workshop
Break the rules of rational thinking. Create literary graffiti with child-like art, visualization and imagination games. Using the magic of metaphor, transform a painful aspect of a character into a rescued beast - vibrant and alive.
No artistic or literary experience necessary.
Supplies: Colourful crayons, chalk or pencils and paper are a must, as is a notebook with pencil or pen. A PDF of images will be made available for participants to download prior to the workshop.
Saturday September 25 at 1:30pm
Tickets available August 1 at bit.ly/3qS3AwB
OBOA GRAND FINALE
Join us for the grand finale of the 2021 OneBookOneAurora project.
Meet Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Chasing Painted Horses, and enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the back story of this fabulous book. Q&A
Saturday October 23 at 2:00pm
Tickets available August 1 at bit.ly/3pzC8mV
ESL CONVERSATION GROUP
Practice everyday conversation, learn new vocabulary, improve pronunciation and speaking skills!
This continuing adult English conversation program is facilitatedby a York Catholic District School Board instructor.
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 12:30 - 2:30pm
Register in two steps:
1) Register online m at: ce.ycdsb.ca/esl/
2) A free language assessment test is required: email at email@example.com
or call 1-855-330-8655
PFLAG COFFEE NIGHT AURORA
Pflag Coffee Night Aurora is a safe space where members of the LGBTQ2 community, their friends, family or allies can come together. This is a place to seek support if you have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, or a place you can make new friends or connect with old ones.
Second Monday of every month | 7:00 - 8:30pm
We are taking our Coffee Nights online - So BYO coffee for now :)
Registration through Pflag at: forms.gle/DaLHEwy5TM4GpzLq7
Join us every Wednesday night at 8:00 pm for online trivia.
Test your skills, be social and maybe learn something new!
Playing is easy- simply go to APL's Facebook page at 8:00pm and type your answer in "Comments".
APL WRITERS' GROUP
The APL Writers’ Group is a small working collective that meets for the purpose of supporting and critiquing each other’s work.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAROUSEL OF HORSES
Artists Sue Foerster and Archie Maghsoudloo play with pigment and form, expressing horses as symbol, power and mythology in a joint exhibit of painting and sculpture.
Enjoy the gallery experience from the comfort of your home at https://www.aurorapl.ca/content/art-gallery
100 BOOKS BEFORE GRADUATION
Expand your reading, get book suggestions and work your way to reading 100 Books before Graduation.
Register at https://aurorapl.beanstack.com/reader365
This is a call to action!
Arm yourself with knowledge, expand your vision of others and heighten your awareness of issues of racial and social injustice.