Concerned About Housing?
Mon., Aug. 20, 6:30-8:30pm, Lion’s Centre

Canada Day Parade
July 1

The Council of Canadians is leading the 11th consecutive Solidarity Entry in this year’s Canada Day Parade. 14th in the parade is this group of local social justice, environmental, activist groups:
Council of Canadians
Amnesty International
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
Youth Political Action Coalition
Transition Town Peterborough
Leap Peterborough
Peterborough Health Coalition, hopefully
Please assemble well before noon start – ideal arrival is 11:30 a.m. – at the northwest corner of George and McDonnell, across from Confederation Park.
WEATHER – Long-range forecast is for a hot sunny day, apparently with low humidity.  Dress appropriately, headwear etc, wear sunscreen, bring lots of water. If you’re concerned about the length of the parade, organize in pairs – one starting the parade and handing the relay to the other around Sherbrooke or Del Crary.
Let’s HAVE FUN, as usual – and ENJOY OUR SOLIDARITY.

Multicultural Canada Day Festival 2018
Sunday, July 1 @ Del Crary Park

Enjoy international food vendors from Peterborough city and county, craft vendors, multicultural sports, performances, and activities for the whole family!

StoryTellers of Canada
July 5-7, 2018, Evening Events

Storytellers of Canada-Canteurs du Canada proudly presents three unique evening perfromance as part of its annual national conference. Doors open at 7pm. Events begin at 7:30pm. Tickets here or at the door.
Thursday, July 5 – How Not to Forget. Four storytellers will perform true stories from accounts influencing earlier Canadian history. Auditorium at Gzowski College.
Friday, July 6 – The Honour of One is the Honour of All – Indigenous and non-Indigenous tellers plus the Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective. Auditorium at Gzowski College.
Saturday, July 7 – Spirit of the Narrows – A play about one woman’s journey into the world of Aboriginal fiddling in northern Manitoba.  Wenjack Theatre.

Summer Band Camp
Wednesday mornings July & August,
9:30 to noon

Liftlock Bands will be hosting a summer Bank camp at Sherbrooke Heights Alliance Church, Sherbrooke Street between Crestwood and the water tower.  Bring your instrument and music stand and the music will be provided. Pay as you Play, $5 per session.

Book Launch & Fête
Thurs., June 28, 5:30pm -7pm, Doors open at 5pm

Join us for a lively conversation on race, identity, relationships and social justice – and fun!
Vinyl DJ reggae music, readings by visiting authors Abena Beloved Green (The Way We Hold On-Pottersfield Press) and Maureen St. Clair (Big Island, Small – Fernwood Press), spoken word & poetry by local guests Nan Peacocke and Roy Williams. Cash Bar. Book signing (cash only). Everyone welcome. Free. Donations accepted at the door.
Hosted by Kawartha World Issues Centre and Jamaican Self Help
Sponsored by Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
Where: The Twisted Wheel, 379 Water Street
Contact Info: or 748-1680

Hungry Ontarians: Charity, the Right to Food & Public Policy
June 28th, 1:30-3PM 

A free public talk by Graham Riches, an Emeritus Professor and former Director of the School of Social Work at UBC. His research and publications lie primarily in the field of poverty studies, human rights and social policy with a focus on the politics of hunger, food charity (food banking), and social welfare. He speaks internationally about domestic hunger, social policy and the Right to Food. His most recent publication is Food Bank Nations. Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food.
Registration required.  Peterborough Public Health, 185 King St.

Storytellers of Canada- Conteurs du Canada
The Honour of One is the Honour of All – L’honneur de l’un est l’honneur de tous
July 4-8

The 2018 Storytellers of Canada- Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) conference theme will involve storytellers and listeners learning and sharing how to strengthen the art of oral storytelling from a variety of applications, techniques and approaches using oral tradition. We are seeking proposals from experienced, professional storytellers for the upcoming SC-CC Conference 2018 (July 4 to July 8) in Peterborough, Ontario. The Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals from First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.

Artist: Alice Olsen Williams’, (Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario) session will involve a presentation of the artist’s story of her Anishinaabe life and influence in her growth as a quilter. There will be discussion with question and answer behind the process to support stories being shared through a textile craft such as quilting. Participants will learn why The Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group (KTRSG) formed and how different stories in each quilt square were contributed in the KTRSG Quilt project. This very special quilt will be on display in the session and throughout conference

Save the Date: Housing Summit
July 12

Bringing together stakeholders froma cross our community to identify housing priorities in Peterboroug-Kawarthe and to leverage opportunities for collaboration under the Hational Housing Strategy to help meet our community’s housing needs. Hosted by Maryam Monsef, MP. The Mounte Communtiy Centre. 1545 Monaghan Rd. Registration and details available soon. 705-745-2108.

Women’s Drumming Circle
First Sunday of Each Month, 5pm

Are you itching to drum? If so, come to Emmanuel West for another drum circle. Remember that if you need to rent a drum, you can do so by connecting with our facilitator, Julie Ditta. Otherwise, all you need is to bring $5 for the facilitation, $3 for the space, your drum and…you may need to bring a blanket to keep your drum (and yourself) warm. Next session Sept 9, 2018.

Small Group Tour to Jamaica, hosted by Jamaica Self Help
Jan 21 to Feb 4, 2018

Earlier this year members and friends of UFP very generously supported a special collection made to JSH. On the strength of this support I thought there might be interest in a new JSH initiative – A Small Group Tour to Jamaica, lead by Angela Stultz, retired Jamaican ED of our S-Corner Community Development partner and Cathie Morrissey Current President of JSH Canada.

• Escape winter for 14 nights- January 21-Feb 4, 2019
• Stay in four beautiful locations across the country
• $3500 cost includes airfare, ground travel, accommodation, entertainment, some admission fees, 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners and a receipt from JSH for the charitable portion

• Mountains, Beaches, & Rivers; Culture and History; JSH Projects in Kingston; Local Speakers;Folk Pantomime.

For further information, contact:
Nancy Chesher, 705 -742-7837,  Joyce Mackenzie 705- 651-6391,  Christine Boriss 705- 875-0216.


For humanity to survive and develop sustainable, socially equitable solutions for today’s challenges, we need a stronger connection with one another and with life in all its forms. The journey of meditation in Shambhala begins by connecting deeply with our own hearts, then naturally caring for our society and world. Offering public meditation, free meditation instruction, and courses of practice, study, and the arts from our tradition
Mondays except most statutory holidays
6:00 – 7:00 PM, Public meditation and instruction
7:00 – 9:00 PM, Talks, discussion, conversation, classes
Gathering Room at The Mount Community Centre, 1545 Monaghan Road