Community Calendar information

September Community Events

Terry Fox Run at Seneca Central School
Friday, September 30, 2016 | 1:30 p.m.


Seeking Public input into a new Haldimand County Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

Following the last municipal election, Council participated in a strategic planning exercise to establish key Term of Council priorities. One of the highest rated and most consistent discussion items was to continue with, grow and improve the County’s economic development efforts. In order to provide a common perspective on what this objective entails and how it would be implemented, Council identified the need to develop an Economic Development and Tourism Strategic Plan, with the input of Council, staff, business stakeholders and other organizations undertaking economic development work in the County.

The following online survey is open to the public and we encourage everyone to take the opportunity to have their say in what the County should do to promote business development and job creation. This is your chance to be heard and we want feedback from residents, business owners, youth, seniors and local community groups.

Following the survey, the consulting firm of McSweeney and Associates, retained to assist in the development of a comprehensive strategy, will be connecting with key stakeholders through a series of interviews and focus groups. The information collected through these various community engagement activities will directly impact Haldimand County’s key economic development and tourism priorities moving forward.

The success of this new Strategy is dependent upon everyone providing their input – please participate by completing the survey today!

For further information please contact:
Lidy Romanuk B.A., EcD. CEcD.
Manager, Economic Development & Tourism
Haldimand County
Cayuga Administration Building
45 Munsee St, Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0
Tel: 905-318-5932 x6342


Rebecca’s Pantry Downsizing Sale

30 to 50% Off Kids & Ladies Clothing
Spices, movies, household items and more.

Come in and browse at 311 Queen St, Dunnville.


Sept 29- Oct 2 Caledonia Fair Announces County Wide Competition for Businesses

With the 144th annual Caledonia Fair only weeks away, the Caledonia Agricultural Society has announced an exciting expansion of a popular competition. For several years, the Fair has invited Caledonia based business to create Store Front displays to promote the longest running annual festival in Haldimand County. This year, the competition is expanding to include businesses throughout all of Haldimand County, with cash incentives and prizes to everyone who participates.

“The Caledonia Fair may take place in the town of Caledonia”, says Fair Manager Vickie Peart, “but the Fair Board, and the Fair audience encompasses all of Haldimand County. The Fair belongs to the whole of Haldimand community, not just to the town it’s named for. Changing the Business Display Competition to include any business in Haldimand County is a reflection of that.”

The Business Display Competition invites businesses to create Window, Store or Business front display by September 14, which will be left visible from the street and/or sidewalk until the end of the Fair, October 2. The display must not interfere with pedestrian or other municipal concerns, and must be contained within the property limits of a business. All displays must include the Caledonia Fair name and dates (September 29 to October 2/16), and will be scored on originality, creativity, balance and composition, inclusion of the fair theme (this year, Apple Trees and Honey Bees), and general impact.

The winning display will receive $200, with $125 going to second place, and $75 to third. All participating businesses will receive $50 plus two fair passes (value $20).

“It’s our hope that this competition will help promote the entire area, and in this year of ‘Apple Trees and Honey Bees’, we hope this creates a positive ‘Buzz’ for the Fair through all of Haldimand,” says Fair Home Craft president, Betsy McBurney.

To register for the completion, contact the Fair office at 905—765-6861, or email at Registrations are due by September 14/16.

The 144th Caledonia Fair will take place at the Caledonia Fairgrounds, September 29 to October 2/16. For more information on this and other events connected with the Fair, visit

Sept 30- Haldimand Curling Club Open House

Haldimand Curling Club Open House and Learn to Curl
Friday September 30th, 2016 6pm to 10pm
Cayuga Memorial Arena
55 Thorburn St S
905 229 0143

1 Dunnville Hunters & Anglers Perch Dinner
5:30-7 p.m.; Dunnville Hunters & Anglers Club House, $18
4 Haldimand Pregnancy Care and Family Centre Soup Fest Fundraiser
5-7 p.m.; HPCFC
5 Optimist Club Casino Bus Fundraiser. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $20, includes meal & ride 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bus leaves Dunnville @ 9 a.m. Sharp. Call Jan at 905 774 5446
20 Small Business Breakfast-Chamber of Commerce- at Dunnville Christian School at 7am breakfast and meeting
22 Dunnville Horticultural Society’s Flowerbed Clean-up Day
9 a.m.; Parking Lot by bridge
23 East Haldimand Hospice & By the Willow’s Lets Celebrate Life Calendar Launch
1-4 p.m.; The Minga
25 Chamber of Commerce Business networking meeting. 5:30pm w/ various monthly locations
26 Dunnville District Heritage Association Program
7 p.m. Grandview Lodge
29 Legion Halloween Dance
8 p.m.; Dunnville Legion
29 Haldimand Pregnancy Care and Family Centre’s Mom 2 Mom Sale
9 a.m.-12 p.m.; HPCFC
29 Dunnville Hunters & Anglers Perch Dinner
5:30-7 p.m.; Dunnville Hunters & Anglers Club House, $18

1-31 Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation’s Trees of Hope Campaign
$10/light, $1000/star
6 Friends of the Library Elf Shop opens
Dunnville Library
7 Optimist Club’s Youth Appreciation Awards Night
7 p.m.; Dunnville Optimist Hall
7-21 Haldimand Art Works’ River Arts Festival
11 Remembrance Day Service
10:50 a.m.; Central Park Cenotaph
11 Legion Remembrance Day Dinner & Awards Banquet
6 p.m.; Dunnville Legion, open to public
17 East Haldimand Hospice & By the Willow Ladies Night
7 p.m.; Dunnville Legion, $20
19 Dunnville Christian School Bazaar
9 a.m.-2 p.m., auction at 7 p.m.; Dunnville Christian School
23 Dunnville District Heritage Association Program
(WWI, Our Soldiers Return Home) 7 p.m.; Grandview Lodge
25 Optimist Club Turkey Raffle

26 Haldimand Pregnancy Care and Family Centre’s Christmas on Alder Street
9 a.m.-4 p.m.; HPCFC
29 Chamber of Commerce Business networking meeting. 5:30pm w/ various monthly locations
8 p.m.; Dunnville Optimist Hall, $20/ticket


October Community Events

Ruthven Park Upcomming Events

Cars in the Park
October 10 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Enjoy Thanksgiving Day at Ruthven! For vintage car owners, the grounds open at 9 am. Food Trucks will be onsite. Mansion and grounds tours available. Admission $10 per car

The Lower Grand River Land Trust AGM
October 12th at 7:00 PM.
Business meeting will be followed with guest speaker Therese Charbonneau, Conservation Consultant Scott & Shackleton’s Legacy: A Winter of Work (and play) in Antarctica.

“Ruthven’s for the Birds” Festival
October 15 – Sun up to early afternoon. Activities for the whole family. Bird Census Walk at 8 am, Birding 101 at 9 am join chief bird bander, Rick Ludkin, for a novice bird banding workshop. Please Note: Program resumes in the evening at 7:00pm. Presentation at 7 pm in the Coach House on
‘Birding in Kazakhstan.’ Hear about Rick’s recent banding adventure, followed by Saw Whet Owl banding. Refreshments available.

Bombs, Bullets and Bayonets: The Weapons of Trench Warfare
Oct. 20 – 7:00 PM
One of the UK’s most exciting military historians, Andy Robertshaw will return to Ruthven. Andy, A broadcaster, educator, curator, author was advisor to Steven Spielberg for War Horse. Admission by donation.


Oct 15 Canboro Firefighter’s Family Perch Dinner

Saturday, October 15
Dinner at 7
ages 11 and up: $25.00
ages 6-10: $10.00
Under 6: Free
Takeout Available
For tickets call: 905-929-8570


Oct 21 -“The Riverside Writers Read”

“The Riverside Writers Read” at the Minga, Friday, October 21 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Writers, reading some of their work with musicians playing in-between our presentations. Musicians Rob Lamothe, Wayne Faulkner, and possibly Ray Lyell.


Celtic Harp Maker in Dunnville

John Sims Davies


Baha’is of Haldimand list of speakers and topics for the fall

Normally, meetings are held at the Garfield Disher Room of the Dunnville Library, but since they will be undergoing renovations, the plan is to have the meetings at Anne Turner’s home. She is an excellent host.

Oct 12,  2016  Gopi Menon, ‘HUMAN INTELLIGENCE’

Nov  9, 2016  Midhi Wolfe- ‘PRINCIPLES OF THE BAHA’I FAITH’

Dec 14, 2016  Terri Spratt- ‘THE NEED FOR THE BAHA’I FAITH TODAY’


Feb  8, 2017- Eman Elmasri Topic TBA

For more information about the Baha’i meetings please call Anne Turner; 289-738-0022, or email;

All are welcome!

Speakers series are sponsored by the Baha’is of Haldimand.


November Community Events

Dunnville Community Theatre presents The Red Velvet Cake War November 4th, 5th, 11th, 18th

At: Dunnville Hunters and Anglers
237 McLaughlan Road, Dunnville, Ontario

The Red Velvet Cake War By: Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & James Wooten
Produced by Special Arrangement With Dramatists Incorporated

In this hilarious comedy, we meet the three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette, who are planning to throw their family reunion at the worst of times. They certainly keep the local busy bodies in the small town of Sweetgum supplied with juicy gossip when Aunt LaMerle “accidentally” slams her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide. The bizarre Verdeen clan gathers on the hottest day of July, smack dab in the middle of a Texas tornado season. Add to this, a risky wager on who makes the best red velvet cake. This family reunion gives new meaning to the term, “Southern Fried”.

The talented local cast includes Sheila Scumacher, (Cee Cee), Judy Wenjina, (Gaynelle), Ellen Bloomfield, (La Merle), Michael Maloney, (Aubrey and Purvis). Candace Stern (Peaches), Julie Turner, (Jimmie), Diane Morris, (Bitsy and Mama Doll), Jordan Heron, (Newt and Grover) and Tracey Stirling (Elsa) are sure to make this show a must see!

Date: Show Only: November 4th, 5th, 11th, 18th.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Show starts at 8 p.m.

Price: 18.00 per ticket. Groups of 10 or more $15.00 each.
Opening Night Special: Seniors and Students $15.00.

Dinner Theatre Dates:November 12, November 19th.
Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Dinner served At 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Theatre price:$40.00 per person.
Groups of 10 or more, $35.00 each.

Catered by Debb’s Cuisine on Queen

Tickets can be purchased at Art Service Office Supply
152 Queen Street, Dunnville , Ontario. Phone 774-7695 or 289-369-0169


Nov 12 – Mary’s Mystic Room Psychic, Wellness & Gift Expo



Haldimand County’s Fall/Winter edition of the Community Guide is hot off the press and in the mail to every household in Haldimand.

NEWS RELEASE Fall-Winter Community Guide