Lambton Shores Weekly Community Connection 2019 05 09

Posted On Thursday May 09, 2019

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Municipal News, Events and Programming

Lambton Shores Community Connection Newsletter


Featured in this edition of the Community Connection Newsletter:

  • Community Spotlight – Port Franks Garden Club
  • Facility Rentals
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteer Awards

Read it!

Leaf Pick Up Program

Continues until May 31

Lambton Shores operates a Leaf Pick up Program in the spring and fall at no charge. We will pick up your bagged leaves (paper bags) at the curb during the allotted time frame stated above as time and quantity dictates. Any leaves left at the curb after May 31, 2019 will not be picked up.

2019 Lambton Shores Volunteer Awards

Nominations due June 21

Do you know someone in our community who deserves to be recognized for their volunteering efforts? 
Click below to review our Volunteer Recognition Policy and the access the nomination form.
Volunteer Recognition Policy
Volunteer Award Nomination Form



Upcoming Community Events & Meetings

Partners in Learning

May 13

Partners In Learning welcomes Klaus Keunecke and Marilyn Keunecke-Smith to lead us through a history and future of Lambton Shores trails. Meet at 10am Port Franks Community Centre. At 10:30 they will guide us on a walk through the White Trail (4.5 km). Lunch at Ipperwash Beach Club at 12:30pm. Good hiking footwear, water and snacks recommended. Preregistration required (Heather Swenson 519. 296.4721). Members $5, non-members $10, plus $5 for tour. Lunch additional.

Port Franks Camera Club Meeting

May 13

The Port Franks Camera Club will meet at 7pm at the Port Franks Community Centre on May 13. At this meeting, they will discuss wind angle landscape. There will also be a presentation on alternatives to Photoshop and Lightroom.  Please bring your camera for practice.

Blood Donor Clinic

May 14

Canada Blood Services will host a Donor Event at the Forest Legion on Tuesday, May 14 from 4-8pm. Book at appointment at or by calling 1-888-236-6283 (888-2-DONATE).

Sunset Market in the Park

May 16

The first Sunset Market in the Park will take place on Thursday, May 16 from 6-10pm at Optimist Park in Grand Bend. Come check out the local vendors, entertainment and activities for the family.

Guild Fashion Show

May 16

Reserve your tickets now for the Guild Fashion Show on May 16th at 6:15 pm at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend.  For only $25, you will be treated to Hors D'oeuvres and four fine stores displaying the latest in Ladies' wear.  Cash bar.  Reserved seating.  Enjoy a local Girls' Night Out with your friends. 

ABCA Turtle Workshop

May 16 – Preregister by May 14

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will hold its annual spring Turtle Workshop on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm at the Port Franks Community Centre. Pre-registration is requested by May 14th.  This is an opportunity to learn about your local turtles and learn how you can help them by participating in the community turtle monitoring program.

Migration Weekend 2019

May 18-20

Are you camping in Pinery this Victoria Day weekend? If you are, you can expect to experience the rare phenomenon of Migration. Migration is the movement of an animal from one place to another and usually occurs on a seasonal basis. Every spring the peak time for bird migration happens to fall on the Victoria Day weekend, so as you migrate back to Pinery for another great camping season, make sure to stop by one of our themed programs to learn more about this amazing phenomenon.

Plant Sale, Auction and BBQ

May 18

The Port Franks Garden Club will host its annual plant sale and silent auction on Saturday May 18th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Port Franks Community Centre. All are welcome, refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Anne Chute at 519-243-3548.

Grand Bend and Area Men’s PROBUS Meeting

May 21

The Grand Bend and Area Men’s Probus Club will meet on Tuesday, May 21 at 10am at the Grand Bend Legion.  The club welcomes all retired or semi-retired gentlemen in the Grand Bend area for a fun, sharing experience that offers an opportunity for fellowship combined with thought provoking, exceptional speakers at every meeting.


Grand Bend Farmers' Market - Opening Day

May 22

Grand Bend Farmers' Market will open at its NEW LOCATION, the Lambton Heritage Museum on May 22. Operating on Wednesday mornings from 8am - 1pm weekly from mid-May to Oct. annually, you can find a wide variety of products and produce from area farmers including fresh grown vegetables, fruits and meats, maple syrup, honey, baking & Artisans.

Lambton Film and Food Festival 2019

May 23-26

The Kiwanis Club of Forest will host the Lambton Film and Food Festival Weekend from May 23-26, 2019
10 critically acclaimed films will be shown including the Academy Award winning film for Best Picture "Green Book". Three catered dinners at Forest Kimball Hall; Four tasting experiences; Artists and Entertainment in Rotary Park Saturday, May 25; Two cell phone photography workshops - 10:45am on Saturday and Sunday at the Kineto; and a FREE showing of "Giant Little Ones" Thursday, May 23 at 8:00pm


LaFFF Youth Short Film Competition

May 23 – submissions are due May 17

The Youth Short Film Competition will be taking place once again at this year's Lambton Film and Food Festival. Participants must be in high school (grades 9-12) and films must be a minimum length of 3 minutes long.  All entries will be screened on Mary 23rd at the Kineto Theatre. Cash prizes will be awarded that evening for each category. All participants and families welcome to attend. Pizza will be provided. People’s choice award will be made on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Forest Farmers' and Artisan Market - Opening Day

May 24

The Forest Farmers' and Artisans Market will be back on King St W in Forest on Fridays starting May 24 until October 11 from 8am-1pm.  Downtown Forest Farmer's Market is a source of local foods from area farmers. It's a seasonal market featuring farmers, maple producers, honey, and local crafters. A group of local vendors come together weekly to offer a unique selection of products.

Forest Town-wide Garage Sales

May 25

There will be a number of garage sales set up throughout the town of Forest on May 25.  Please be mindful of this when out and about that day and watch for pedestrians.

Yard/Bake Sale & BBQ

May 25

Yard/Bake Sale & BBQ at Forest United Church, 21 James St., North, Forest on Sat., May 25/19 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Cash in on the bargains and scrumptious baking and a BBQ, as well as enjoy a free coffee & Timbits (while they last).  

Dragon Boat - Try It Day!

May 25

Youth ages 10 to 18 years are invited to come out to the Port Franks Marina on Saturday, May 25 to learn the basics of paddling and racing during this free day clinic lead by certified dragon boat coaches and sterns. Lunch and all equipment will be provided. 

Fantastic Food Fest

May 25

The Port Franks Seniors will host a Fantastic Food Fest on Saturday, May 25 at the Port Franks Community Centre. Doors open at 5:00pm; Chicken burgers and a variety or finger foods will be served from 6-7:30pm. Live Music provided by Midlife Crisis. Advance tickets - $10 per person / at the door - $15 per person.



Community Group and Recreational Programming

Ausable Port Franks Optimist Club

Arts and Stuff Club – Wednesdays – 6-9pm – Optimist Club Hall (upstairs) of the Port Franks Community Centre, 9997 Port Franks Road. Ages 8 to 88 are invited to come out and see what we are up to – sharing ideas is the fun part!  Mural painting and crafts for various Optimist events - Guest Artists will come and share their creative ideas according to the season.  You can bring your own supplies or we have some for you to use.  Donations of craft supplies, art materials and even $$ are accepted. Keep up with us on Facebook
Meat Raffles - Every 3rd Saturday (September –May) at Grog’s Pub & Grill starting at 2pm

Caring Quilters of Lambton Shores

We are a quilting group dedicated to making comfort quilts for volunteers who distribute them to victims of tragic circumstances through Sarnia Lambton Victim Services. We meet every Wednesday throughout the year from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Port Franks Community Centre, 9997 Port Franks Rd. We invite you to come and see what we do and maybe in the process become a volunteer yourself.

Dunes Duplicate Bridge

The Community Centre at Port Franks, 9997 Port Franks Road, is the home of our duplicate bridge club. We host ACBL sanctioned games on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Both games start at 12:45pm.  Coffee and goodies are available. Everyone is welcome. Please call Michael Alderson at 519-245-3879 for more information or email

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centre offer welcoming environments open to all families, with qualified professionals and quality programs, in a place where a families and caregivers can find support, advice, personal connections and a network of resources. Visit their website or call 519-786-6161 extension 9230

Forest Main Site

Monday to Thursday open from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Located at 37 Morris Street, Forest

Mobile Sites

  • Camlachie EarlyON – Mondays 9:30-11:30am – Camlachie United Church, 6784 Camlachie Rd., Camlachie
  • Thedford EarlyON - 1st and 3rd Tuesdays  9:30-11:30am - Thedford Library, Legacy Recreation Centre, 16 Allen St, Thedford
  • Arkona EarlyON - 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays  9:30-11:30am - Arkona Recreation Centre, 16 Smith St, Arkona
  • Watford EarlyON -Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am – Trinity Anglican Church, 5331 Nauvoo Rd., Watford
  • Wyoming EarlyON – Thursdays 9:30-11:30am – Holy Rosary Catholic School, 715 London St., Wyoming
  • Grand Bend EarlyON - Fridays from 9:30-11:30am - Grand Bend Public School, 15 Gill Rd, Grand Bend

Forest Legion

Regular Programming

Meat Raffles and Catch the Ace Draws – Saturdays from 4-6pm - Come out and enjoy the fun of a meat raffle and support our veterans. Tickets are $10 for 12 draws.
Sunday Brunch -We welcome you on the 3rd Sunday of every month (except December) from 9am to 12. Enjoy Bacon, Sausage, Omelets, Scrambled eggs, Potatoes, Toast, and Dessert, Juice Coffee and Tea. Tickets are $9 Adults, under 10 - $5. Toddlers are free.  Come to see your friends. All welcome.
For more information, visit their website.

Forest Optimist Club/Kiwanis Club Camp Foodie

August 12-16; August 19-23

Camp Foodie is a fun camp with an emphasis on health and deliciousness! Open to kids aged 9 to 14, kids will learn where food comes from, how to prepare it themselves, how to share it with others and delicious and healthy recipes to try at home. $50 per child.  Go to or visit the Optimist Club’s Facebook page for more information.

Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) offers many programs and classes throughout the year which are FREE and open to anyone in the community.  

Exercise Programs

The GBACHC offers a variety of different exercise programs from line dancing in Port Franks to gentle exercise programs in Grand Bend for you to enjoy. Contact GBACHC at 519-238-1556 ext. 231 or visit their Calendar of Programs for more information about these programs.

Grand Bend Golden Agers

Weekly activities that take place at the Grand Bend Legion include:

  • Shuffleboard (see the Grand Bend Shuffle Club)
  • Euchre – Wednesdays at 1:30pm

Grand Bend Legion

Regular Programming

Mondays – Shuffleboard - 10am; Fun Darts – 7:30pm
Tuesdays – Lounge open 12-7pm; Bingo – 7:00pm
Wednesdays – Line Dancing – 10am; Golden Agers Euchre – 1pm
Thursdays – Grand Bend Shuffle Club – 10am; League Darts – 8pm
Fridays - Meat Draw & Catch the Ace. Last Friday each month features ALL STEAK! –5pm start time
Saturdays - Live Entertainment from 3-6pm in the downstairs lounge
  May 11 – Ron Allin & the Pick Ups
  May 18 – Jamie Baldwin
  May 25 - Flipside
For more information call 519-238-1016 or check out their Facebook page.

Grand Bend Shuffle Club

The Grand Bend Shuffle Club is looking for new members.  Shuffling takes place at Grand Bend Legion, 20 Municipal Drive, Grand Bend on Mondays and Thursdays at 10am. All equipment supplied.  For additional information contact Eric Brown 519-238-1583.

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Events Calendar

Kineto Theatre

The Kineto Theatre is operated by the Kiwanis Club of Forest at 24 King St W, Forest.  For movie listings visit the Kineto website.

May 10, 11, 12 and 14 – 8pm – doors open at 7:15pm - DUMBO (PG) 3D A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Admission: $6 for 2D shows; $8 for 3D shows

Lambton County Library Programs

Lambton County Library offers a variety of free materials and services to meet the leisure and informational needs of the community through its 26 branches, bookmobile and website.  eReader lending, multi-media resources, online services, programs and Internet access are all available.  For more information, visit the Lambton County Library website or click on the links below for program information at the branches in this area:

Arkona Library 
Forest Library  
Grand Bend Library
Port Franks Library
Thedford Library

Lambton Heritage Museum - Events

  • Spring into Genealogy - February 21- June 20 - Need help tracing your ancestry? The Lambton County Archives is offering to drop-in and learn style classes on genealogy every third Thursday from February to June 2019.
  • Canada’s Waterscapes – May 1 – September 30 - This is a rare opportunity to see this interactive exhibition here in Lambton County! This travelling exhibit will be at the Lambton Heritage Museum for five months only, so don’t miss your chance to experience it! You’ll be able to dive in and find out what it takes to understand and take care of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems.

The North Lambton Community Health Centre

The North Lambton Community Health Centre offers many programs and classes that are open to anyone in the community and are FREE! Call the NLCHC at 519-786-4545 for more information or click to view their Calendar of Events.

Port Franks Seniors Activities

Activities are organized by the Port Franks Seniors Actions Club and take place at the Port Franks Community Centre, 9997 Port Franks Rd.  Keep up to date with the Club’s activities by visiting their Facebook page or contact Ernie Morenz at 519-243-1797.

  • Darts -  Monday - 1:00pm; Thursdays – 7:00pm
  • Euchre - Monday – 7:00pm
  • Euchre and Bridge - Tuesdays 1:00pm
  • Coffee and Conversation – Wednesdays 10:00am
  • Pickle ball - Wednesdays - 7:00pm; Fridays -7:00pm
  • Shuffleboard – Thursdays - 1:00pm
  • Euchre - Thursdays – 7:00pm
  • Badminton - Fridays - 10:00am
  • Bridge - Fridays - 1:00pm

Suncor Wellness Centre – Operated by YMCA

Come into the Lambton Shores YMCA and you'll find that something special happens here. Within our walls is a community that is alive and vibrant. Where people are improving their health, and ultimately their lives - in spirit, mind and body. We know that when you belong to a supportive community, there are no limits to what you can achieve. That's the power of the Y.

Thedford Legion

Meat Raffles – Saturdays - Come out and enjoy the fun of a meat raffle and support our veterans. $10.00 tickets for meat draw, $5.00 for 50/50 and $5.00 for a $20.00 draw. The Thedford Legion - 42 Nelson Street, Thedford from 3:30-5pm.

Thedford Seniors Activities

Activities are organized by the Thedford Senior Citizens Club and take place at the Thedford Village Complex, located on the corner of Main and Pearl Streets, entrance on Main Street across from Zavitz General Store.  Join us for coffee and fellowship.  Everyone welcome.  Contact 519-243-0663.

  • Euchre with Jokers (9’s removed) Wednesdays at 1:00pm
  • Bid Euchre every other Saturday (April to October 7:00pm; November to March 1:30pm)
  • Pool Thursdays 9:00am -12:00pm

Thedford Shuffleboard

Mondays at 1:00pm, at the Legacy Recreation Centre, 16 Allen St, Thedford. Everyone welcome.



Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to help out in your community?  Visit our website to see what options are available in Lambton Shores.  This is not intended to be a complete listing as there are numerous community groups looking for volunteers.  If your community group is looking for volunteers for a project, please complete the online form.
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