Newsletter 2018 May-Jun

Spiritual Advisor

Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu CSSp.

2017-2018 Executive


  • Lucia Vacca

President Elect/ Organization & Membership


  • Marla Tanuan


  • Ju-Ann Miranda

Spiritual Development

  • Mai Tran

Christian Family Life

  • Kim Deans

Community Life

  • Danielle Giggie


  • Tania Mascarenhas

Education & Health

  • Hyacinth Fernandes

Resolution & Legislation

  • Tina Tolpa

Past President & Historian

  • Ingrid Hart

A Message from the Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu

Another great season of rebirth. Indeed, that is what spring is. A great miracle of rebirth, a new beginning. Those who know how to do it, will not get tired of singing the praises of this season, in prose and rhyme. How can we not delight our hearts thinking of the explosion of colors, and of the humming and chirping of birds that belong to spring? And this is not all. There is more to spring than the beauty of the gardens, the sounds in the air and the fragrance of flowers. If we have the time, and are able to take a second look, a contemplative look, we will see the coming back to life of all that lay buried in the frozen winter soil, and the yearly renewal of the world of nature. We will see God at work renewing the whole of creation, making all things new [Revelations 21: 5]. We will see enough to help us believe that we, too, can renew our broken resolutions, and found our new dreams on the ashes of the old. Yes, we will see enough to encourage us to look forward to a better tomorrow, even in the midst of adversity, and not to abandon ourselves to despair especially when the going gets rough and tough.

During this great season of renewal, my prayer is that our God will renew us and help us to renew our little corner of the world, and our Catholic Women‟s League to which, I hope, we are still happy and proud to belong.

A Message from the President – Lucia Vacca

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

– John 20:21

Jesus rose from the dead and through the disciples He offers them peace to be extended to others. We have now been sent to bring peace and be peace makers in service to those who need our presence. What are we doing as CWL members? How can we bring peace to our sisters in need? How are we reflecting our image to others? Dear sisters this is something to think about and act on. What can we do as a Catholic Woman in the League, how are we “Inspired by the Spirit … Women Respond to God’s Call.

We have been involved in a number of events in March and April by participating in the World Day of Prayer at St. Dunstan’s Parish, attended the Ordinandi Dinner, collected signatures in support of the Call for Conscience Campaign 2018, hosted the Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest for our Parish level as well as the Scarborough Regional level, submitted entries for the Jean McCann Poetry and Essay Awards, continued with the Line Dancing, we attended the TV taping for Our Lady of Good Counsel Feast, prayed the Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel, celebrated with mass for Our Lady of Good Counsel and New Members Ceremony welcoming 11 new members and had a luncheon, invited speakers from New Beginnings and Downsizing Diva, delivered a number of quilts and prayer shawls to members who need our prayers.

As we look forward with anticipation to warmer and brighter days, our work continues. We are planning for our June Potluck Dinner with a speaker from Homeward Bound Julliette‟s Place, the Annual Heritage Day Community Celebrations and our 65th Anniversary of St. Joseph‟s Council.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the St. Joseph CWL Executives for their support and dedication in their respective positions. Thank you all members who have participated in the various events and our prayer warriors. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer, enjoy special time with your families.

God Bless,


Special Request – Waiting to hear your story!

“Inspired by the Spirit…Women Respond to God’s Call” …. 65 Years of CWL at St. Joseph Highland Creek Council.

As you know, our CWL Council St. Joseph‟s Highland Creek was chartered on November 5th, 1953 and plans are underway to commemorate and celebrate our 65th Anniversary on Saturday, December 15th 2018.

We are working on a 65th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet and would like to encourage each of you to share your story of service. Send us a short story of how you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to use your God given talents in service to the people of God.

We know that there are many wonderful selfless works that each of our members are involved in and we want to hear from you. What is your story? How have you been “Inspired by the Spirit and responded to God’s Call”? We know that some of you serve in soup kitchens, some are caregivers, some serve in the elementary schools, some serve as prayer warriors, some serve our outreach community, some serve by assisting those in needs….there are many, many wonderful ways in which you have been called to service and use your talents. Would love to hear your stories especially from our Past Presidents and current or past Executives.

Please send your short stories (250 words or less/more) to or mail/drop it off to the Parish Office. Deadline for these stories is September 8, 2018.

Organization & Membership

Welcome our new members

  • Lynda Nolan
  • Annjudine Fernandes
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St. Joseph‟s Church Highland Creek CWL was awarded a certificate for increase in membership for 2017.

In the picture are

  • Lucia Vacca (St. Joseph‟s CWL President)
  • Hilarion Mitchell (President Elect Toronto Diocesan Council)
  • Mary Tuccitto (Scarborough Regional Chair)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass and New Members Ceremony and Luncheon

We celebrated the Feast of our Patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel, on Saturday April 28th with a well attended mass celebrated by our Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu where we welcomed 11 new CWL members. We thank our CWL sisters for their part as Eucharistic Ministers, Gift Bearers, Choir, setup and take down, all those who washed all the dishes etc…. This was followed by delicious catered hot lunch.

Our speaker at this celebration was Shirley Coughlin from “Downsizing Diva”. We now have some helpful tips on how we can condense all of our stuff. It was a fun and entertaining afternoon with over 80 in attendance.

There were a total of 11 New Members that were welcomed on April 28th. Neela Saldana, Shweta Soreng, Lynda Nolan, Dakari Gennaro, Thelma Fernandes, Sunita Dias, Dr. Natalia Leong, Ruth McDonnell, Suzanne Tanuan, Chantal Schweitzer and Annjudine Fernandes.

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2018 CWL Provincial Convention: Toronto, Ontario will be hosting the 71st Annual Provincial Convention in July (7-11) 2018, which will take place at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel (901 Dixon Rd). There will be excursion to “Medieval Times”, Ripley‟s Aquarium and St. Michael‟s Cathedral Basilica. Check the Ontario website for details on registration and tentative program. Come join for Prayer, Fellowship, Workshops, Resolutions, Business Sessions, Eucharistic Celebrations and Guest Speakers. If you are interested in attending this Provincial Convention and have any questions, please call us.

This is a great opportunity for all members from Toronto to attend.

2018 National CWL Convention: Winnipeg, Manitoba will be hosting the 98th Annual National Convention in August (12-15) 2018. Check the National website for more details at as well as the National Magazine.

Social – Pot Luck – Monday June 11th 7:00 p.m.

Our Pot Luck Dinner is always popular, be sure to bring your best food dish to share with all your sisters. Bring a friend. We will have a speaker from Homeward Bound – Julliette’s Place as well as our winner from the Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest, Carmen Kalo from Cardinal Leger School. This is a great way to end the first half of the year. No meetings during the summer months. Call Lucia 416-283-3536

Highland Heritage Festival Fundraiser Dinner Dance – Saturday, June 9th at St. Dunstan’s Parish

Let’s support our community by attending this event. The cost is $40.00 with Dinner and Dancing from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. There will be a silent auction and door prizes with both a DJ and Live Band. For tickets call Lucia or Carlo at 416-283-3536. It would be great to put a few tables together for St. Joseph‟s Parish Community.

Highland Creek Heritage Day Festival – Saturday June 16th, 2018

This annual community event is one of our two fundraisers with which we are able to support our charities. We will be participating in the Heritage Day Festival. We need your help with the various activities to make this a successful day. As in past years, setup for this event is on Friday, June 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We also need your help on the Saturday, June 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is important that YOU participate in any way you can, even for a few hours, so that EVERYONE can enjoy the festivities of the day. Please contact any one of the following ladies if you can contribute, join their committee or participate in some way. For more information on this event please go to the following link: Some pictures from last year:

Bake Table: Lina Civello 416-283-0165 We need your contribution of baked goodies and we would like to see this table overflowing. We love to see a variety of goodies let‟s start baking now! Please drop off your donation of clearly marked, baked goods on Friday, June 15th.

Plant Sale: Ingrid Hart 416-282-8775 Our plants are the best! If you love plants and have a green thumb you can join us at this table. We will accept potted plants a few days before or on Friday, June 15th. Drop off is at the back of the Hall (next to the garage/patio)

Tea Room: Marguerite Civello 416-286-6162 Enjoy our selection sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks, coffee etc… and our famous strawberry shortcakes will be on sale. All this and more at very reasonable prices so join us for lunch!

Treasures: Lucia Vacca 416-283-3536 Your gently used house hold items are someone else„s treasures. We will not accept soiled or broken items. Please drop off your donation of treasures on Friday, June 15th between 1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Raffle: Lucia Vacca 416-283-3536 Donations of new or good condition items for this table.

Vendors: Barbara Sullivan 416-283-4116 We have new vendors participating in this event in the hall.

International Food Tables: Ingrid Hart 416 282-8775

There will be an Indian Table, Caribbean Table and Filipino Table. Come out and enjoy the foods from these countries representing the cultural mix of our Parish community, all at reasonable prices.

A Message from Spiritual Development – Mai Tran

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Our Lord Jesus teaches us to pray at all times. We can pray with the Scriptures by reading the daily Mass Readings, together with the universal church, and reflecting on the Lord‟s teaching. God is present when we read the Gospel. When praying, we‟re not asking God to grant us our own desire but help us to know God‟s will in our life and live through it. And when encountering challenges in life, it is the good opportunity for us to get connected with God to obtain guidance, wisdom and strength, and it is the time for our faith to grow deeply in God. Also, it is for our peace and joy of experiencing God‟s love for all of us.

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care

“12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care” will take place during Palliative and Hospice Care Week, sponsored by The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, from May 6-12, 2018. A downloadable kit available at the national website which contains many ideas that can be used by group or family.

Beatitudes For Those Who Care

The Good Samaritan was someone who cared

  • Blessed are those who care; they will let people know they are loved
  • Blessed are those who are gentle; they will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds to unfold
  • Blessed are those who listen; they will lighten many a burden
  • Blessed are those who know how to let go; they will have the joy of seeing people find themselves
  • Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said, do not walk away, but remain to provide a comforting and supportive presence; they will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable
  • Blessed are those who recognize their own need to receive; they will be able to give all the better
  • Blessed are those who give without hope of return; they will give people an experience of God

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Eternal Rest, grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

We continue our prayers for the members who are ill at this time

A Message Resolutions & Legislations – Tina Tolpa


Sometimes Resolutions from precious years become relevent to the current situation in our society.

ON.06.05, Plastic Bags: The High Cost of Convenience is one resolution that has become very timely in the last few months.

When we recycle plastic bags, our concern over plastics in the environment lessens, but recent events have made the recycling of grocery bags a bit of a problem.

Plastic shopping bags are made of a very low grade of plastic, there are not many products that can be manufactured from recycled plastic bags. These are the type of low grade plastics that has influenced

China‟s recent decision to stop buying recycled materials from Canada, (as well as other nations).

Recently, the CBC had a story about the build-up of these plastics in storage in some Ontario small towns. Toronto may soon have this same problem. Perhaps it is time for Toronto to once again legislate against the giving out, or selling for 5 cents, the plastic bags we find so convenient. It is working in Long Beach, California, certainly Toronto could make this work, after all, we at St.Joseph‟s CWL all KNOW Toronto is Canada‟s best city.

So write your MPP, and city officials, and bring your reusable bags on your shopping trips.

A Message from Community Life – Danielle Giggie

In our community we are noticing more women beggars and assumed homelessness. The recent news has reported the issue with this “scam” is that these women are being used to prey on the kind and soft hearted. Unfortunately, the women are pimped out to play this role, and the money is taken by individuals who in turn provide these women with a small salary for their roles in playing pathetic beggars. Even their costumes are being provided to do this job.

So, what are we as non-judgemental Christians to do? Prayer is always the best place to start. There are also lots of refugee help centres, including committees at St. Joseph‟s. And of course, we have Share Life. We are encouraging others to offer these women bottles of water, granola bars, fruit, or maybe a gift card for a coffee at McDonald‟s or Tim Hortons.

We are not assuming or presuming all beggars aren‟t legitimately needy, and just wanting a handout. We must also keep in mind that many of the homeless are also mentally ill and incapable of functioning at a reasonable expectation of our society.

So, I end with hoping you are a little more aware of our surroundings and also a little more aware of how we need to count our own blessings. Please pray for all those involved in these situations.

A Message from Education & Health – Hyacinth Fernandes

1. Brain Health:

When Canadian band The Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie was diagnosed with a brain tumour known as glioblastoma in 2016, many of us sought the advice of Dr. Google. While the internet can be a good starting point for research, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada wants Canadians to use good, accurate, and reliable information when considering their brain health. The foundation estimates that 27 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. Brain tumours do not discriminate. They can occur in people of all ages, cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

Signs and symptoms are not easy to pin down – a headache might be mistaken for the flu, or weakness and paralysis for a stroke. Some occur suddenly, such as a seizure, whereas others may develop over time. Each person experiences a unique set of symptoms which range from behavioural and cognitive changes to double or blurred vision, dizziness, hearing impairment, nausea and vomiting. No one symptom can be considered more important than others.

One of the biggest myths is that brain tumours are rare, but there are 120 known types of brain tumours. They are the leading cause of solid cancer deaths in people under the age of 20 and the third leading cause of solid cancer death in young adults aged 20-39. A good starting place for more information is the Brain Tumour‟s Foundation of Canada‟s website, which has fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions. Find more information at

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder that hinders the brain‟s ability to organize and focus on tasks. It results in chronic inattention and impulsivity that can negatively affect every area of life, from school to personal relationships to physical health. The good news is that it is eminently treatable. The bad news is that many avoid diagnosis due to fear or stigma, whether external or internal.

The majority of adults who have ADHD are undiagnosed. They don‟t see how it affects their marriage, their finances, their impulse decision-making, and their inability to finish the thousand and one projects they‟ve started.

One-third of people with ADHD never finish high school. As adults, they tend to have a checkered work history, money problems, broken relationships and inconsistent parenting skills. They are at high risk for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, dangerous driving and impulsive behaviour that can land them in jail. Research shows that one in four prison inmates meet the criteria for ADHD. While some people with ADHD are wildly successful, a recent study has shown that there could be a connection between ADHD and homelessness.

Visit for information and resources, tips for working with doctors and a child‟s school, information for educators, parenting strategies, support groups, and more.

3. Earth Day (April 22nd): A World Without Plastic Pollution

Since we started engineering polymers to make plastic on a mass scale in the 1950s, this by-product of the petrochemical industry, which uses about 6% of all the oil we extract a year, has spread to myriad manufacturing processes. Plastic is now ubiquitous, insidious and impossible to avoid. It makes up our clothes, containers, bottles, electronics, food trays, cups and paints. Our cars depend on it, so do our computers, roofs and drain pipes. It‟s the global packaging material of choice. We sleep on it, wear it, watch it, and are in direct bodily contact with it in one form or other all day and night.

When exposed to sunlight, oxygen or the action of waves, it doesn‟t biodegrade but simply fragments into smaller and smaller bits, until microscopic or nano-sized particles enter the food chain, the air, the soil and the water we drink.

In one study, 95% of all adults tested in the US had known carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A in their urine. In another, 83% of samples of tap water tested in seven countries were found to contain plastic microfibres. YouTube recently has been flooded with various stories and heart breaking images of a 2 ton whale euthanized after appearing visibly sick and later found to have plastic waste and no food in its digestive track.

See attached resolutions 1990.07 Environmental Concerns and ON.06.05 for possible actions by your council.

Go to for more information on Earth Day 2018.

A Message from Christian Family Life – Kim Deans

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. It‟s no surprise that Mother‟s day is in the month of May. There are two major anniversaries this year that remind me of Mary and the importance of motherhood.

One is the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that existing abortion provisions in our nation’s Criminal Code violated a woman’s Charter rights to the security of person. Pro-choice advocates take this ruling to say that abortion is fully legal and pro-life ideologies are against the charter. They completely ignore the fact that “all the judges agreed that the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn”. A statement from the Canadian Conference of Bishops about this anniversary stated “every abortion involves at least four victims: the unborn child, the mother, the father, and the community”.

The other anniversary this year is the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. There is a conference available on called “the Joy of Marriage, Embracing God‟s Vision” if anyone is interested. I must recommend the COLF website, hosted by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family. This organization has a great deal of information on the key issues of today, including abortion, assisted procreation, euthanasia and many others.

Happy Mother‟s Day!

A Message from Past President/Historian – Ingrid Hart

Summer is fast approaching – believe it our not! During the summer break we will have to begin considering the upcoming council elections in November. This process will start soon; you will be contacted by our Voting Committee to accept a nomination for a position on our next Executive Committee. Please take some time to consider letting your name stand if you are nominated. Let us ask Our Lady of Good Counsel to guide us in our decisions so that we may continue to be a successful and thriving council as we work together as Sisters in Christ to “Serve God & Canada”. If you have any questions please contact one of the Executive members.

A Message from Communications – Tania Mascarenhas

“The Truth Will Set You Free” (Jn 8:32). Fake News and Journalism for Peace,” is the theme that Pope Francis has chosen for World Communications Day which this year, will fall on May 13, 2018. look for the full message from His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass TV Taping Loretto Abbey

WEB Wednesdays

Reminder to check the CWL websites on a weekly basis on “Wednesdays” to see any updates to the CWL information posted on the National Provincial and Toronto and our St. Joseph’s Parish: make this part of your weekly ritual.

Take a look at our NEW Facebook Page: for our CWL Council.

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The CWL Book Club

C.W.L. Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Please contact: Jackie (416-266-4604) for more details. These are the books we will discuss:

Month Book Author Year Pages
May. Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng 2014 297
Jun. The Orphan Tale Pam Jenoff 2017 344

A prayer from Pope Francis on Communication

  • Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
  • Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.
  • Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.
  • Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
  • You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
    • where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
    • where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
    • where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
    • where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
    • where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
    • where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
    • where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
    • where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
    • where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.
  • Amen.

Members are encouraged to bring their own mugs to meetings, so please remember to “Lug A Mug”. We are also collecting the following items:

  • Campbell Soup Labels
  • Pop Tabs for Wheelchairs
  • Donations of extra blank cards and blank birthday cards are welcomed and appreciated.
  • Donations of your extra Rosaries or Religious items are welcomed.
  • Milk bags (clean/dry) are being collected to be used in the project of making sleeping mats for people in need in Africa.
  • Your used postage stamps are being collected for forwarding to Development and Peace to help fund projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • We are also collecting food items at every meeting to help out Outreach Program at St. Joseph‟s
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Speaker from New Beginnings Archangelo Limani with Hyacinth Fernandes


This year the Ontario Provincial Convention of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada will be held in Toronto July 8th to 12th. In keeping with our current focus on Homelessness, we are undertaking a special initiative and inviting you to join in, by donating a $5.00 Tim Hortons Gift Card. Following the convention the gift cards will be donated to St Claire Transition House (provides transitional housing for homeless women with mental health challenges rebuild their lives), Covenant House (provides 24/7 crisis care to homeless youth, aged 16 to 24), and St Vincent de Paul Society (a lay Catholic organization whose mission is to live the Gospel message, by serving Christ through the poor with love, respect, justice and joy).

Please contact Lucia 416-283-3536 or drop off your $5 donation/gift card to the Parish Office – Noting on the envelope: CWL – GIFT CARD FOR HOMELESS.

Thank you for your generosity!

Dates To Remember

May 16 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.
May 23 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.
May 31 (Wednesday) Deadline for Applications – St. Michael’s Scholarships
June 3 (Sunday) CWL Mass Living and Deceased 7:00 p.m.
June 9 (Saturday) Highland Creek Community Heritage Dance – we need to support this community event with our attendance as a community inviting other ministries This will take place at St. Dunstan @7:00 p.m. with a Silent Auction – Call Lucia for details 416-283-3536
June 11 (Monday) CWL Social – Pot Luck Dinner – Hall – 7:00 p.m. – All members welcome, bring a friend. Speaker from “Juliette’s Place” supporting those in need.
June 15 (Friday) Setup Hall for Heritage Day 2:00 – 9:30 p.m. bring in your goodies.
June 16 (Saturday) Heritage Day – Plant Sale, Tea Room, International foods, bake table etc… 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – need help for this event – join in the celebration
June 19 (Tuesday) Heritage Day Wrap up meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 24 (Sunday) 4th Annual Indigenous Day Mass. St. Bonaventure, 1300 Leslie St. North York – 12:00 p.m. all members invited to attend
July 7 – 11 Provincial Convention – 71st , Toronto, Ontario – encourage members to register.
August 12 – 15 National Convention – 98th Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 2 (Sunday) CWL Mass for Living and Deceased 7:00 p.m.
September 9 (Sunday) Rosary Sunday – Midland Martyrs Shrine – everyone is invited to attend
September 10 (Monday) General Meeting – Rosary 7:00 Meeting 7:30
September 13 (Wed) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.
September 17 (Monday) Bazaar Planning Mtg. @7:00 p.m. Room 3
October 7 (Sunday) Life Chain – (Kingston Rd. & Lawrence 2-3:30 pm) Be there! We should make an effort to be present for this silent protest.
October 4 (Thursday) Apple Pie Making 11-4
October 6 (Saturday) CWL Mass for Living and Deceased 5:00 p.m.
October 9 (Tuesday) General Meeting 7:00 p.m. Rosary – meeting to follow
October 10 (Wednesday) Moira Ste. Marie Lecture – 7:00 p.m. University of St. Michael’s College – Madden Hall – all members are invited
October 11 (Thursday) Mass for Women Abuse – 7:00 p.m. St. Edwards Parish all are invited to attend.
October 11 (Thursday) Apple Pie Making 11:00 – 4:00
October 12 (Friday) 24th Annual Interfaith Celebration – 7:30 p.m. Service & Reception in the Hall – need help for setup and take down
October 18 (Thursday) Apple Pie Making 11:00 – 4:00
October 20 (Saturday) Square Dancing – in the Hall 7:00 p.m. join in the fun for the whole family – FREE
October 25 (Thursday) Apple Pie Making 11:00 – 4:00