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
NEW YEAR READING CHALLENGE
January 1 - March 31
Download the Beanstack app and register to track the books you read, complete activities, earn digital badges, or write reviews.
With each badge earned, you'll get a raffle ticket you can apply to prizes from four different Aurora businesses.
Register at https://aurorapl.beanstack.com/reader365
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 March 23 | 7:00 - 9:00pm
Topic: I think, therefore I am
Register at: bit.ly/37ITSFU
Zoom detail will be emailed to registrants.
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 March 20 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
For Zoom details, visit: bit.ly/2JIOPwd
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.
Program Dates: Fridays, March 5 - Mar 26 l 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register at: wcyr.ca/online-registration/
There is no cost to participants. Eligibility: Women 18 + | York Region Resident. Funded by The Regional Municipality of York.
Feel the benefits of gentle core body stretches, movements, and postures that will engage both sides of the body. Led by Jackie Thornton.
Thursdays, March 4 & 18 | 3:30 - 4:00pm
For Zoom details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWCOMER WOMEN'S MEETUP
Enjoy a bi-weekly virtual meeting, where newcomers to Canada or Aurora can meet new people, share ideas, and learn more about our community.
Each meet-up includes a special focus or speaker, so there is always something new to learn or fun to be had.
Tuesdays, March 9, 23 | 10:00 - 11:30am
Register at bit.ly/3g8C8Fp or Contact: Claudia Olguin email@example.com
COVID-19 Lockdown: the one year anniversary
Wednesday, March 3 | 12:00 - 12:45pm
As we approach one year in COVID-19 lockdown, this event features a panel of York faculty members who have been recognized with the Minister of Colleges and Universities Awards of Excellence for their commitment to guiding Ontario through the pandemic. Q&A to follow.
With esteemed York faculty: Dr. Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science; Dr. Steven J. Hoffman, Director of the Global Strategy Lab and Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science; Dr. Murat Kristal, Director, Master of Business Analytics and Director, Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence; Professor Jianhong Wu, Director of Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation and Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science
Zoom registration through York University: bit.ly/3k5rlh7
All welcome! You do not have to be a student/alumni of York U to attend.
BUILDING RESILIENCY SKILLS
Wednesday, March 10 | 12:00 - 12:45pm
Resiliency is an essential quality for each of us to have in order to maintain good physical and emotional health. Dr. Hartley will discuss three building blocks of resiliency: emotional intelligence, optimism, and coping skills. The session will also touch on the impact of stress on women, in keeping with the theme of International Women’s Day, which is earlier in the week.
Presentation l Q&A
Dr. Louise Hartley, Director, York University Psychology Clinic
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING:
An evening with Plum Johnson
By turns humorous and touching, They Left Us Everything isan unforgettable memoir about family love, loss and legacies.
A disciplined British father, an exuberant Southern mother, five kids, fifty years’ worth of stuff, and the 23-room house that held them all. Plum Johnson’s memoir is a funny, heartfelt story about what parentsleave behind.
Thursday, March 11 | 7:00pm
For Zoom details, visit: bit.ly/2VzZkok
DIGITAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
CAYR’s Digital Storytelling workshops provide individuals living in York Region who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, use substances and/or are impacted by HIV/AIDS, the opportunity to tell their story by creating a short video of image, voice, text and music layered together.
The first day will focus on script and voicing your story in a story circle.
The second day will focus on transforming your story into a digital story video. In partnership with CAYR Community Connections.
Tuesdays, March 16 & 23 | 2:00 - 4:00pm
To register email Praanee at firstname.lastname@example.org; Kate at email@example.com or call 647-381-9199
ERGONOMICS 101: Working from Home
The shift from working in the office to working at home means many of us are using make-shift workstations without the right furniture, tools and space to support our long-term health.
Join us and learn tips on how to create a workstation and work routine that supports physical wellness, plus stretches for increased productivity and injury prevention.
Tuesday, March 16 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/3u20SHE | Zoom details will be emailed.
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.
Thursday, March 18 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register at: bit.ly/3iUd0EG
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).
Wednesday March 24 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
To register email LSP@ccsyr.org; Call/Text 647-859-9092; Office (message): 905-770-7040 x 227/234
Editing & Proofreading 101
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: A short evaluation of your writing.
Thursday, April 8 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/3k5YfQs
ENTREPRENEURS IN RESIDENCE
Join us virtually for a fast-paced evening featuring four entrepreneurswho will share their stories in a short TED X-style talk.
Thursday, April 15 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Featuring:Antonella Cellini, Artsy BakerTaylor Lindsay-Noel, Cup of TéEddi and Felix Rayle, Goblets & GoblinsTracy Smith, Kitchen Table CEOs
Register at: bit.ly/39cDCwY
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/3iMkydj
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.
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
Thursday, May 13 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register at: bit.ly/3qA307s
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
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 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
For information about OBOA, visit www.onebookoneaurora.com
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: email@example.comContest Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2021
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
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
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".
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.
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.