There are numerous ways to enjoy the spectacular changing colours of fall foliage in Bruce and Grey Counties. Grey County Tourism presents a bucket list of suggested activities for fall. Explore the Bruce offers a list of ways to explore the fall colours across Bruce County and Grey Bruce Adventure offers a number of unique fall experience ideas. All of the sites offer details about affordable creative ways to get outside and view this glorious show, beginning in late September and continuing through mid-October.
There are alternative sources of funding available to help your children register for community sports groups. For more information check out the following links:
Canadian Tire Jump Start -community based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreational activities Call 1-877-616-6600 to apply
JUST4KICS – intended for children between the ages of 5 – 18 who reside in Canada.
Kidsport – helps kids to participate in organized sport, funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment
Minor Hockey Foundation Ontario– one-time financial subsidy to each participant towards minor hockey registration fees for a hockey season children aged 7 – 11 years old
National Child Benefit Subsidy -offer subsidies for children’s registration fees for recreational activities for families residing in Grey Bruce County and earning less than $40,000
NHLPA – Goals & Dreams – providing equipment to programs and organizations that help children and families get involved with hockey
With a cold winter on the way, the need for warm winter clothing is great. Fall is the perfect time to tidy your coat closet before winter arrives! Volunteers in Grey Bruce have organized coat drives to collect quality snow pants, hats, mitts, and boots to give away to anyone that needs them. On October 18, 2014 from 8:30am to 1 pm, Coats 4 Kids is giving away warm winter apparel, to families at the Masonic Hall (behind Shoppers Drug Mart) The group is still accepting used winter items. Contact Marg Kerr at 519-364-3768 for more information. Grey Bruce Winter Coat Drive is presently accepting donations of gently used winter outerwear. Donations can be dropped off at Douglas Cleaners in Owen Sound. Clothing can be picked up at Douglas Cleaners after the Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade, on Saturday Nov 15, 2014. After this date, articles can be picked up at the United Way in Owen Sound.
The Wave dental clinic is located at George Brown College in Toronto, ON. The clinic permits dental students to gain experience treating patients, while providing dental care to the public at a reduced cost. The students offer low-cost cleanings, restorations, x-rays and denture services. Patients who do not speak English are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to each appointment to translate information. For more information about the clinic visit the website Wave Dental Clinic
Would you like to improve your English conversation skills?
Joining an English as a Second Language group is a fantastic way to improve your English skills. Connecting with an ESL group is also a wonderful way to meet people living in your community that are newcomers to Canada. Here is a list of some of the FREE English as Second Language groups meeting in Bruce and Grey.
Bruce County English 101 Port Elgin and Kincardine call Steve at 519-389-2302 to register
Hanover ESL Cafe contact 519-364-1420 or visit Hanover library for more information
Owen Sound ESL Group contact the Adult Learning Centre 519-346-6623 ext. 3 to register
There is help available for people living in Grey and Bruce County that are having some difficulty paying their housing expenses. These funds are available through the Sustainable Housing Benefit in Grey County or Housing Stability Fund in Bruce County. These benefits are meant to help people living in the area to secure reasonable priced, stable housing. Funds are available through these programs, for residents who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. You may be eligible to receive assistance with these costs if you are a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant, if you reside in Grey or Bruce and if you have not received the benefit in the past 24 months. To find out more about the programs offered in your community and the conditions of eligibility, or to access the application forms follow the links entered above.