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Millbrook native Serena Ryder opens the 30th anniversary season of Peterborough Musicfest with a free concert at Del Crary Park on Saturday, June 25 (publicity photo)

Peterborough Musicfest announces line-up for its milestone 30th seasonby Paul Rellinger

Multiple Juno Award winner Serena Ryder opens 19-concert series June 25; Kiefer Sutherland among those who will take to the Fred Anderson Stage.

Peterborough country musician Jesse Slack is the Central Ontario winner in CBC Music's Seachlight competition (publicity photo)

Peterborough's Jesse Slack is regional finalist in CBC Music's Searchlight competitionby kawarthaNOW

Country musician vying for one of four slots in the finals to win a $50,000 prize package.

Legendary children's performer Fred Penner will be taking the stage at Nicholls Oval this August during the Peterborough Folk Festival

Peterborough Folk Festival announces first acts performing at August music festivalby kawarthaNOW

Line up includes Fred Penner, Born Ruffians, Reuben and The Dark, Craig Cardiff, and Megan Bonnell.

Matt Diamond performs as Buddy Holly in Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story from May 6-14 at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough (photo of Matt: John Gearin)

Matt Diamond on being Buddy Hollyby Sam Tweedle

Local radio personality takes on the lead role in Peterborough Theatre Guild's production of "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story".

50/50, Artspace's annual gala art draw and aution, takes place on Friday, May 6 in Peterborough (photo: Artspace)

Art on the Street - May 2016by Elizabeth Fennell

Exhibits in Cobourg, Peterborough, Lindsay, and Warkworth featuring artists Mike Smalley, Anne Renouf, the Leitmotif group, and more.

Super-talented Jimmy Bowskill performs a show with harmonica virtuouso Carlos del Junco in Cobourg on May 13 and then a solo show in Maynooth on May 14 (photo: Jeremy Kelly)

musicNOW - May 2016by Josh Fewings

Featuring Rae Spoon, The Lazy Devils, Willie Stratton, Riishi Von Rex, Petunia, Jimmy Bowskill, Kennedy Cult, Peter and The Wolves, and more.

Two of the Runway Challengers from Public Energy's Wearable Art Show in 2015. The 2016 Wearable Art Show featuring the Runway Challenge takes place on May 14 at Peterborough's Market Hall. (Photos: Esther Vincent / Public Energy)

Public Energy's Wearable Art Show featuring The Runway Challenge returns May 14by Paul Rellinger

Annual fundraiser sees designers and artists matched with retailers to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Emily Blunt as Freya and Charlize Theron as Ravenna in Huntsman: Winter's War

Happily never after - a review of Huntsman: Winter's Warby Elliott Burton

Perplexing prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" opens in theatres on April 22.

Peterborough author Andrew Forbes' latest book is The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays

Baseball's essential boredomby Andrew Forbes

An excerpt from "The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays" by Peterborough author Andrew Forbes

The new mural will be located on the east-facing wall of a building located near the southeast corner of Simcoe and Queen Streets in downtown Peterborough (photo: Wendy Trusler / City of Peterborough)

Call for proposals for new outdoor mural in downtown Peterboroughby kawarthaNOW

Mural at Simcoe and Queen Streets to be completed by fall 2016.

A recent special from Muddy's Pit BBQ, which has reopened for the season: Cajun Brown Sugar Smoked Pork Loin with Caramelized Onion, Coleslaw, and Cheese Sauce (photo courtesy Muddy's Pit BBQ / Facebook)

KNosh News - April 2016by Eva Fisher

Featuring Muddy's Pit BBQ, Mariposa Dairy, Minh's Chinese Grocery, and Kelcey's Health Foods.

Feature Stories
Liam Parker as The Big Bopper, Lucas DeLuca as Richie Valens, and Matt Diamond as Buddy Holly in the Peterborough Theatre Guild production of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (photo: Sam Tweedle / kawarthaNOW)

The music never died: a review of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Storyby Sam Tweedle

Peterborough Theatre Guild musical production runs until May 14 at Showplace in Peterborough.

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Musical generations (front to back) Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins, Kris Kristofferson, Robin Hawkins, Ryan Weber, James McKenty, and Sam Weber (photo: Leah Hawk / Facebook)

Music legends Kris Kristofferson and Gordon Lightfoot join The Hawk at his Stoney Lake studioby kawarthaNOW

Local musicians join icons for a secret recording session

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Breast cancer survivor Michelle Thornton (left) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease in 2014, after she was called back to PRHC's Breast Assessment Centre six months after a routine screening there. She and Marilyn Buxton (right) are both members of the Survivors Abreast paddling team. (Photo: Robert Boudreau)

Michelle Thornton is living proof that breast cancer screening saves livesby Jeanne Pengelly

Donations to PRHC Foundation will fund new state-of-the-art screening equipment at Breast Assessment Centre.

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Summer is synonymous with beer, and the return of the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in June is one sure sign summer is on the way (photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

Eight sure signs summer is coming to The Kawarthasby Bruce Head

BBQ, cafes, farmers' markets, outdoor music, drive-ins, camping, beer, and more.

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YWCA's START program is available every Monday for any woman in the Kawarthas, young or old, looking for help to escape an abusive relationship

It takes a community to help a woman leave an abusive partnerby Jeanne Pengelly

YWCA's START program provides abused women, including seniors, single-point access to community services and support.

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Comic Steve Patterson, host of The Debaters taping at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough on May 17 (photo: CBC Radio One)

Be it resolved: Steve Patterson rocks The Debatersby Gordon Gibb

A feature interview with the host of CBC's popular radio program, taping at Peterborough's Showplace on May 17.

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Artspace has issued a call for proposals for the second public art mural of The Hunter Street Bridge Mural Project. The mural will be located on the structural walls and vault ceiling of the archway over the road linking James Stevenson Park with Quaker Park.

Peterborough's Hunter Street Bridge to get another public art muralby kawarthaNOW

Artspace issues a call for proposals from artists and will hold a public info session on April 19

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Peterborough-based filmmaker Lester Alfonso, whose documentary Birthmark is almost completed (photo: Sam Tweedle / kawarthaNOW)

The marks we imagine for ourselvesby Sam Tweedle

An interview with Peterborough filmmaker Lester Alfonso about his new documentary "Birthmark"

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Kathy McConnell raises alpacas at Hubbert Farms while her partner Donna Simmonds helps sell retail products made from alpaca fibre at The Alpaca Shop

Chance meets ingenuity in local alpaca businessby Jeanne Pengelly

Entrepreneurs Kathy McConnell and Donna Simmonds team up to breed alpacas and bring products to market.

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Community News & Profiles
The Rotary Community Super Spring Clean-Up takes place at Confederation Square, Beavermead Park, Morrow Park, Kinsmen Park, Riverview Park and Zoo, Bowers Park, and Rotary Park in Ennismore

Help clean up Peterborough parks on Saturday morningby kawarthaNOW

9th annual Rotary Community Super Spring Clean-Up takes place at seven locations on May 7.

Even a small garden bed can bring beauty to your living space and great bounty to your dinner table. Narrow raised beds alongside the The GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough flourished last summer with species of squash, tomato, sunflowers, and herbs. (Photo: GreenUP)

Container gardening is for everyoneby GreenUP

GreenUp's Karen Halley shares her experience and tips for creating your own mini garden.

Summer is synonymous with beer, and the return of the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in June is one sure sign summer is on the way (photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

Eight sure signs summer is coming to The Kawarthasby Bruce Head

BBQ, cafes, farmers' markets, outdoor music, drive-ins, camping, beer, and more.

Ontario is building more electric vehicle charging stations across the province (photo: Government of Ontario)

Nine electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at six locations in Peterborough areaby kawarthaNOW

Provincial government investing $20 million to expand electric vehicle infrastructure across Ontario.

The Shifting Gears program is among the most successful transportation demand management initiatives implemented in Canada. Shifting Gears significantly reduces the number of Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) trips made during the month of May by encouraging community members to walk, cycle, carpool, or ride the bus. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Shift gears during the month of May and connect with your cityby GreenUP

Walk, cycle, carpool, take the bus, and more during Peterborough's annual transportation challenge.

Port Hope's historic downtown, waterfront trails and beaches, and proximity to the Ganaraska River put it on Cottage Life's list (photo: Christopher Pelletier)

Lindsay and Port Hope are two of the quaintest towns in Ontarioby kawarthaNOW

Cottage Life magazine bravely selects 10 Ontario towns that balance charm, culture, and community

Unlike the privately owned 407 ETR (pictured here at Woodbine Avenue), the extension of Highway 407 east from Brock Road to Highway 35/115 is a separate toll road owned and operated by the Province of Ontario (photo: Wikipedia)

Highway 407 extension to 115 on schedule for 2019 openingby kawarthaNOW

Expect to see more impacts on traffic as construction activity increases with warm weather.

A new study has identified an old-growth forest along the shores of Jackson Creek in Peterborough (photo courtesy of Ancient Forest Exploration & Research)

250-year-old trees identified in Peterborough's Jackson Parkby kawarthaNOW

Jackson Creek Old-Growth Forest is one of eight urban old-growth forests in Ontario.

The main branch of the Peterborough Public Library will be located on the lower level of Peterborough Square in downtown Peterborough while renovations are made to the building on Alymer Street (photo: Peterborough Public Library)

Peterborough Public Library closing for two weeks as of April 30by kawarthaNOW

Main branch will reopen at temporary location in Peterborough Square on May 19.

What's On Now - Events in The Kawarthas
Pubs & Clubs
One of our most popular columns! Find out who's playing where this weekend, from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh to Peterborough.
Publisher's Picks
Major, interesting and unusual events that our editors have deemed to be worthy of our endorsement and promotion across The Kawarthas.
Art, Performance & Culture
Gallery openings, exhibitions, theatre, performance art, dance and more! Celebrate local talent and the venues that attract great talent.
Business Events
From networking meetings to conferences to Chambers of Commerce, we are the only online source for business events anywhere in the Kawarthas.
Concerts & Live Music
Concerts: indoor, outdoor, series, folk, blues, jazz, classical and rock kawarthaNOW.com has them all listed! Promote your concert event here for free!
Cinemas & Drive-Ins
Movie listings from cinemas and drive-ins across the Kawarthas. We're the only local site to compile this information in one place for your convenience.
Showplace Performance Centre
Concerts, plays, performances, and community events coming to the main stage and to The Nexicom Lounge at Peterborough's downtown centre for the performing arts.
Films & Repertory Cinemas
Film festivals, theatres, and organizations screening classic, independent, and foreign language films (and some first-run movies too).
Community Events
kawarthaNOW.com covers regional ongoing events! Is your event listed? Post it for free!
Children's Events
Events designed just for Kawartha kids. Great things to do indoors and out! Be sure to watch this column during school holidays for special events.
Youth Events
These events are designed for the tweens and teenagers - kids or "youth" that are about age 12 and up! Events listed are throughout The Kawarthas.
Seniors' Events
Rewire your thinking about aging with our events for seniors. Many events are happening throughout the entire area - check out our column for all of them!
Activity Haven Seniors Centre
Peterborough's Activity Haven Seniors Centre offers a wide range of activities and programs for people over 50 years of age. Here's our list of upcoming events.
Canadian Canoe Museum
The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is an engaging, family-friendly place that offers a fascinating look at Canadian history as seen from a canoe.
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Kawartha Settlers' Village in Bobcaygeon is home to a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings. Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawarthas!
Globus Theatre
Globus Theatre at Bobcaygeon's Lakeview Arts Barn stages innovative & creative productions including professional summer theatre with a 3-course dinner option prior to evening performances.
Outdoor Events
The Kawarthas are a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Our outdoors column is your first stop for weekend and outdoor planning.
Fundraising Events
From men wearing red shoes to pink paddles, we promote worthy fundraising events in the Kawarthas. Help the community and join in! Post your event for free.
Sports & Recreation
Individual and team sports competitions, games, and fitness and recreational activities throughout the Kawarthas.
The Business Beat
By Stu Harrison.
One of our most visited columns, and we also have archives dating back to 2004!
Business Beat Archives
We"ve got them all dating back to 2004! The Business Beat archives by Stu Harrison.
Venues Listing
We have 1635 venues, businesses and organizations listed on our website. Each listing includes an address, contact information, map, and a link to events at the venue.
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Seasonal Events in The Kawarthas
Mother's Day Events
Mother's Day is May 9! Created in the U.S. in 1907, it's now celebrated globally as the day to honour mothers and motherhood. Here's our list of events in the Kawarthas for Mom (and don't forget to call yours).
Earth Month Events
April is Earth Month, with Earth Day on Friday, April 22. During and around Earth Month, many Kawartha communities organize volunteer activities to clean up the local environment.
Public Energy 2015-16
The 22nd season of Public Energy, Peterborough's window on the world of contemporary dance, theatre, and performance.
Lang Pioneer Village
Established in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area, Lang Pioneer Village features over 20 restored and furnished buildings built between 1820 and 1899 and a working Grist Mill built in 1846.
Environment, Ecology & Gardening
Events related to the environment and ecology, as well as workshops of interest to gardeners.
Regional Farmers' Markets
From Spring to mid Fall the Kawarthas are rich with bounty and outdoor markets. Check out our guide and send us your favourites.
Trails Guide
One of the best things about The Kawarthas is that there is always a trail nearby! Check out our guide to regional trails!
Provincial Parks Guide
We're always within driving distance to a Provincial Park. Here is our guide to local day and overnight parks.
Riverview Park & Zoo
The Zoo is always a popular spot! Check out our summary of their current events.
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