Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

9 novembre 2023


Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




2024 Calendar of Hope now on sale
Fred Sherwin
Nov. 20, 2023

Gina Mertikas, right, and her mother Katerina have raised over $40,000 to help fund clinical trials for breast cancer through the first five editions of their calendar. PHOTO SUPPLIED
It’s been seven years since Orléans resident and mother of three, Gina Meritkas-Lacvitoire was a breast cancer patient at the Ottawa Hospital. It’s been six years since Gina and her mother Katerina first produced a calendar using Katerina’s brilliant artwork to help raise funds for clinical trial research.

Since then the dynamic duo have produced a series of five calendars and raised over $40,000 in the process. The money has been put to good use, helping to fund a clinical trial that has revolutionized a certain type of treatment now used around the world.

“Every year and every development brings more hope that a breakthrough will be made in treating breast cancer, which is why we call them Calendars of Hope,” says Gina.
Seven years ago, a grateful Gina was looking for a way to give back after her
successful cancer treatment.

“After my treatment was done, and I was told that I would be able to watch my children grow up, that’s when I put the wheels in motion to help others,” says Mertikas-Lavictoire. “I asked my oncologist, Dr. Mark Clemons — who’s one of the best doctors in the world — ‘how can I give back?’ I needed to do something to give back.”

Fortunately Gina’s mother, Katerina, is an accomplished artist with an established fol-lowing in Ottawa and around the country. The two women put their heads together and the idea of printing an art calendar was born.

The calendars are as popular as ever, largely due to Katerina’s beautiful artwork and the worthy cause the calendars support.

“It’s been awesome,” says Gina. “People really love my mother’s artwork and they look forward now for the new calendar to come out.”

Katerina paints various scenes all year long with the idea that some of them will be ultimately used in the calendar.

The two women regularly get together over a coffee or a glass of wine to go through everything and pick a scene to go with each month and season. As an added bonus, people have the opportunity to buy the original artwork of the paintings that appear in the calendar, the cost of which depends on the size of the paintings. A percentage of each painting sold will be added to the funds raised through the sale of the calendars.

During the first year, the calendars mostly sold through word of mouth and social media. Now they sell practically by themselves. Gina has already received orders from people who bought several of the past editions of the calendar. And they’ve even come from across North America and even Britain.

They sold close to 500 calendars last year and they’ve already received orders for 150 calendars this year even though the Ottawa Hospital Foundation has only recently put them on their GiveShop online marketplace page.

The calendars cost $25 each and can be ordered by e-mailing Gina directly at gmertikas@gmail.com



Remembrance Day play an homage to the homefront

OST production presents the best of Winnie-the-Pooh

Brilliantly written holiday production an instant Christmas classic

Béatrice-Desloges successfully defends senior girls 'AA' hoops title

Orléans native Blondin wins gold at opening Wold Cup speedskating event

Bantam Panthers capture NCAFA A-Cup championship

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