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The Saturday Farmers’ Market is bursting with colour, as we are at the height of our season here in Niagara. Juicy plums, apricots, cherries, peaches and nectarines are in abundance, in addition to wonderfully crisp leafy vegetables, beets, beans, potatoes, and so much more.

Local artists are commissioned to make artwork. At the Priceless auction young professionals (YoPros) bid on art pieces by pledging volunteer hours. The YoPro with the highest pledge wins the piece after completing their volunteer hours at a local not-for-profit. Once the hours are complete the winning bidder is presented with their art piece at a NEXTNiagara event/social.

SupperMarket on Wednesday July 26th is going to be fantastic; we welcome country musician Chelsea Crites to the stage. As always, our fantastic food vendors will be ready to serve you their mouth-watering creations.  The wineries next week will be Pondview and Hare, beer from Oast House and Silversmith, and local cider from Ironwood.  It is a good idea to bring along chairs or a picnic blanket, as the tables and stand-up barrels do fill up quickly.

The 4th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival takes flight this week and the organizers are extremely excited to share the festivities with the Niagara community and the visitors who will be in the region this weekend.

Mark down Saturday, August 26 on your calendar and make the time for an authentic winery experience. Join St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and other members of the community at the newly-expanded 13th Street Winery!

As Spring transitions into Summer it’s easy to forget that Winter even exists. The sun shine stays longer, you can see flowers, trees and other plants coming to life and everything just feels a little bit more relaxed. New Years is the traditional time to set goals or start a new positive, healthy habit. As we all know, the running joke for New Year’s Resolutions is that the majority of people abandon them by February or March. If we know the season’s have the ability to affect our moods, productivity and motivation, then maybe we should aim to set our goals for a little later in the year. http://www.ywcaniagararegion.ca/blog/2017/07/13/fresh-start/Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Traditionally it begins and ends about the same time every year. The Mayo Clinic states, “Most people with SAD’s symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.”

This past Saturday, many local families joined us for our annual Kids Day @ The Market.  With crafts, facepainting, treats, kid foods, and the “Turbo Zone” inflatable obstacle course, it was a fantastic day! Thank you to the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, our amazing vendors, our volunteers, and Niagara Inflatables for making the day such a success!

You don’t need to be a full-time student to rekindle a passion for learning this fall. Niagara College Part-Time Studies is offering more than 300 continuing education study options, both in-class and online – from career-based and academic upgrading courses, to professional development seminars, personal interest classes and enjoyable leisure activities.                  

12th annual, juried, original art show and sale, August 5th & 6th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE Admission.Featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, jewellery and more! New this year is our waterfront bistro featuring food, wine and beer generously provided by Pig Out Catering, Reif Estate Winery and Silversmith Brewing Company! The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 247 Ricardo St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. 905-468-5455 www.niagarapumphouse.ca

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