When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays @ 6:30 pm
Where: Lions Community Centre 157 Elgin St. E. Cobourg ON.
Now that we are entering our summer months the Lions fund raising efforts move from the indoors to the outdoors. Ending April we helped out at the MS Walk by "BBQing" up burgers and hot dogs with all proceeds going to the MS who raised over $40,000 during their event. We made financial contributions to the March of Dimes as well as to PARD.
PARD Therapeutic Riding is a Peterborough area not-for-profit organization. It is operated solely by volunteers and certified instructor supervises each riding session.
The program is open to individuals of all ages and is beneficial to riders with many different disabilities, including: cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, stroke, accidental injury, and visual & hearing challenges.
Using the abilities of the rider, PARD provides individualized riding instruction. The "three-dimensional" motion of a walking horse mimics human walking and stimulates the rider, helping to enhance balance, posture, mobility, co-ordination and strength. By adding other exercises or movement, we can help rehabilitate specific parts of the rider's body.
PARD's riding program operates 2 days a week from May to October, weather permitting, with riding facilities located just outside of Peterborough, at Wendon Hills equestrian centre in Warsaw.
PARD is financially dependent on support from the local community, businesses, service clubs and fundraising events.
As mentioned in my last article, I would fill you in on more details of the 2016 Canada Celebration at the Cobourg Waterfront festival.
All the fun begins On Thursday June 30th when we will have two great events, we are organizing a Strawberry Social beginning at 4:00. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. We will provide assorted cold cuts and salads, tea, coffee and of course Strawberry Shortcake. All net proceeds go to the Northumberland County United Way. Advance tickets are available by calling the Lions at 905-372-6217 ;or by contacting the Northumberland United Way.
Our second event on the 30th is a Craft Beer Event, we will have 5 local Brewers (WIlliam St, Northumberland Hills, Church Key, Presquile and Smith Haven Breweries) serving up their products we will have food available as well as a local DJ spinning tunes for your listening enjoyment this event runs from 7:00 until 10:00 pm. As with all Lions activities all net proceeds go to local groups and charities.
We will have an expanded Kids/Family zone, not only will we have bouncy castles but we have added Kids ATV's, "Hamster Ball" activity and for older kids a climbing wall. Tickets will be sold for the Kids/Family zone as this is part of our fund raising efforts.
We are still accepting applications for our marketplace and food vendors, we have many returning favourites as well as some new ones so please join us by strolling through the park and supporting these vendors who support the community by attending the festival.
Our entertainment has been locked down for a while now, we kick things off on July 1st at 2:30 following the opening ceremonies with the Fabulous Tone Masters followed by Crusin and the day closes with the sounds of The Spirits, but the day doesn't officially end until the towns fireworks display are over.
We kick off day two at 1:00 with Stone House, Mad Mans Window, Jack Hammer and the day ends with up and coming county Star Riki Knox hitting the stage at around 7.
Our final day starts at 1:00 with the Garage Dogs and we end with Alyssa Morrissey.
Also don't forget to drop into the Lions refreshment tent to put your feet up, listen to the bands on the stage and have a cool one.
As you know the Lions help support many local groups and charities through the funds raised during this weekend, so please join us, spend a little money and help us raise funds for a cause.
See you at the festival.