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BLACK GOLD FEST: Sunday, noon- 4 p.m., Oil Museum of Canada, 2423 Kelly Rd., Oil Springs; live demonstrations by a blacksmith and the Out of Control Spinners, horse-drawn wagon oil field tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., watch the Oil Days! skit performed by Petrolia Community Theatre at 2 and 3:30 p.m., Maker Space activities and crafts for kids, live music by Joan Spalding and Doug Springstead; adults $6, seniors/students $5, children $4, family $18; refreshments available; 519-834-2840 or visit www.oilmuseum.ca
HOME COUNTY MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL: Runs Friday through Sunday at Victoria Park; live performances include Trent Severn, The Marrieds, Westminster Park, Deni Gauthier, Chad Price, Anne Moniz, Royal Wood and more, craft booths featuring pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, metal, wood and foods, craft demonstration area, 30 food vendors and a family area; Friday, 6-11 p.m., Saturday, noon-11 p.m. and Sunday, noon-9:30 p.m.; free admission, donations are accepted; visit homecounty.ca
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FESTIVAL: Entertainment featuring Sam Barberi, Rocco Cifaldi, Tony Ieluzzi and Claudio Nelli, Saturday, 5 p.m., Curinga Italian Canadian Sport and Multicultural Club, 17 Clarke Rd., free; Solemn Mass, Sunday, 3 p.m., St. Mary’s Church on Lyle Street, followed by festivities at Curinga Club, including performance by Gino Mazzalonga Showtime Band; free, bring your lawn chair; refreshments available.
SPIRITS OF THE EARTH FESTIVAL: Four-day camping experience, featuring workshops, Chakra talks, karaoke, jam sessions, nightly concerts featuring Tara Rice, Carly Thomas and Chad Price and more; Thursday to Sunday, OakHaven Homestead in Melbourne; 226-271-3900, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.spiritsfest.com
TILLSONBURG RIBFEST: Third annual event features three days of great music including performances by Last Highway, The Almost Hip, The Small Town Girls, Conor Wilson, Them Dang Rattlers, Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold, see Woodstock Spider-Man, vendors, kids activities and, of course, ribs and other food options; Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tillsonburg Fairgrounds; free; visit tillsonburgribfest.ca
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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun during The Friendship Tour 2017; Saturday, Sunday, and July 21-23, 80 Wilson Ave., St. Thomas; tickets: $25; 519-637-6284 or visit www.thomasandfriends.com
EXPLORING STRATFORD: This week we’ll exploring the Stratford Police Station, Thursday, 2-3 p.m., 17 George St. W.; free drop-in event, all ages welcome; 519-271-0220 or visit stratford.library.on.ca
FAMILY FUN DAY: Soccer tournament, BBQ, children’s games and prizes, Sunday, noon, North London Athletic Fields, 1225 Adelaide St. N.; free; all proceeds and donations in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario; hosted by United FC Club.
MIDDLESEX PORK PRODUCER’S BBQ: 35th annual event, Thursday, Poplar Hill Ballpark, 24375 Poplar Hill Rd.; meal 5-7:30 p.m., entertainment by The Borderlite Trio, 6:30 p.m.; advance tickets: adults $15 or $18 at the door (limited supply), 12 and under free; 519-868-6104; free parking, bring lawn chairs.
PORT STANLEY TRAIN RIDES: Wednesday to Sunday, departing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.; no reservations required for family groups; 519-782-3730 or visit www.pstr.on.ca
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DAYLILY ENSEMBLE GARDENS: 11th annual open garden featuring more than 600 labelled daylilies; enjoy historic, modern, exotic, and double daylilies along with many companion plants; Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 25 Mandeville Rd., St. Thomas; 519-631-8927.
MID SUMMER FORAGING — OYSTER MUSHROOM: Learn the ancient art of foraging, collecting oyster mushrooms along with other fine fungi like the ash bolete, the pheasant back and the gem studded puffball, also gathering such wild plants as lambs quarters, pineapple weed, wild watercress and more; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at 96 Birmingham St., Stratford to join us on beautiful trails, 20 minutes from Stratford; cost: $35; visit pucksplenty.com
OUTDOOR WALKING TOURS: London 150, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m., Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.; enjoy history of our cottages and castles dating back to Confederation; learn about architectural transformations that took place in response to growing industry during 19th and 20th Centuries; $5 per person; pre-registration required by calling 519-661-0333 or visit museumlondon.ca/walkingtours
SATURDAY MORNING WALKS: Through Gibbons Park, 9 a.m.; meet at car park at west end of Victoria Street; families with children are welcome, please leave dogs at home; John Clark, 519-641-0442; visit www.tvta.ca
SKA-NAH-DOHT VILLAGE: Step into nature this spring at Longwoods Road Conservation Area; the Resource Centre and Ska-Nah-Doht Village is open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through Oct. 9; gates remain open with picnic grounds and nature trails till sunset; day-use admission features a pay-and-display machine at our entrance, maximum $12 per vehicle; 8348 Longwoods Rd., Mt. Brydges; 519-264-2420 or visit www.ltvca.ca
TWILIGHT TUESDAYS: See the Museum and Resource Centre in a whole new light at dusk, beginning with hike about forest/medicinal plants, followed by legends and stories by firelight in the longhouse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. until Aug. 22; rain or shine; admission: $8 per vehicle; dress for outdoors, wear insect repellent and bring water bottle; please leave your pets at home; 8348 Longwoods Rd., Mt. Brydges; 519-264-2420 or visit www.ltvca.ca
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GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
ANNANDALE HOUSE: Plein Air to Abstraction — Dr. Robert Hevenor’s personal collection spans three centuries of notable Canadian artists, ends Sunday; 30 Tillson Ave., Tillsonburg; 519-842-2294.
ART EMPORIUM: Featured artists for July are Catherine McCoy, Annette Martin, George Sapkowski, Earl Brown, Amanda Caldwell, Robert Reid, Pam Vezina and Ron Pearce; hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit www.ArtEmporium.ca
ART WITH PANACHE: My Travels: Canada and Away, solo show by London photographer Diane E. Weiler, opening reception Thursday, 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and artist’s address at 7 p.m., till July 29; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St. at Talbot; 226-378-2587.
ELDON HOUSE: Virtually unchanged since the 19th century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; admission by donation; 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169 or visit www.eldonhouse.ca
FIRST HUSSARS MUSEUM: The history of the Regiment from 1856 to present, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the D-Day Landings; Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and holidays 1-4 p.m.; 1 Dundas St. at the Forks of the Thames, 519-455-4533.
GALLERY 609: A Summer Collection of artworks, burnished sculptures, classical theatre masks and original treasure boxes is featured during the month of July; Inside-Out Gallery Exhibit showcasing 15 guest artists in six rooms on three levels, Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; doors open by appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
INGERSOLL CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE: In a Canadian Garden: 50/50 Fundraiser exhibition, runs till Aug. 27; hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Sundays, 1-4 p.m., closed Aug. 5-6; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park; free admission; 519-485-4691 or visit www.creativeartscentre.com
LAMBTON HERITAGE MUSEUM: Strange Beauty: the Energy Industries of Lambton County, collection of video art by Jane Austin, with a focus on the energy and petro-chemical industries of Lambton County, opens Saturday, runs till Aug. 20; 150 Years of Lambton County Quilts featuring 30 quilts made from between 1867 and the present, runs till Sept. 30; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free with regular museum admission; 10035 Museum Rd., Grand Bend; 519-243-2600 or visit www.lambtonmuseums.ca
MICHAEL GIBSON GALLERY: Onward Cirri Mould, an exhibition of new works by Colin Muir Dorward, runs till July 29; Jonathan Forrest, runs till July 29; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit www.gibsongallery.com
MUSEUM LONDON: Sparrow Night: Artists Working with Light, runs till Aug. 27; Sounds Assembling: Communication and the Art of Noise, runs till Sept. 10; Air Waves: Radio and TV in London, runs till Sept. 17; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; admission by donation; 519-661-0333 or visit museumlondon.ca
NORTH AMERICA RAILWAY HALL OF FAME: Free tours of Canada Southern Railway Station available Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until. Aug. 20; donations appreciated; 750 Talbot St. E., St. Thomas; 519-633-2535 or visit casostation.ca
OIL MUSEUM OF CANADA: Discover Canada’s oil history at the first commercial oil well in North America; explore galleries, outside exhibits and see operating historic wells on the audio-assisted driving tour; admission: $5; 2423 Kelly Rd., south of Oil Springs, just off of Oil Heritage Road; 519-834-2840 or visit www.oilmuseum.ca
PORTSIDE GALLERY: Canada 150 Show featuring Pat Curtis, Diane Dobson and Moira Burk; original paintings and photography depicting exciting scenes from across Canada by 19 area artists, jewelry and small gift items; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 187 1/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit portside.cuttingpromotions.com
SKA-NAH-DOHT VILLAGE AND MUSEUM: Artifact Day: see members of the Ontario Archaeological Society to help identify your artifacts, enjoy demonstrations by North American Champion Flint Knappers, try your hand at making your own treasure, challenge your friends and family at some traditional Native games or test your skills as a hunter with atlatl target throwing, Sunday, 1-4 p.m. at 8348 Longwoods Rd., Mt. Brydges; park admission is at the Pay and Display machine at the entrance; 519-264-2420 or visit www.ltvca.ca
THIELSEN GALLERY: Group exhibition featuring Gerald Pedros, also new work by Frank Caprani and Brian Saby, runs till Aug. 4; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 1038 Adelaide St. N.; 519-434-7681 or visit www.thielsengallery.com
WESTLAND GALLERY: Square Foot Show 2017: see more than 500 pieces of work by local and area artists, runs till Aug. 11; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; 156 Wortley Rd.; 519-601-4420, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.westlandgallery.ca
WOODSTOCK ART GALLERY: Miss Carlyle’s Success, runs till Sept. 16; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays till 7 p.m.; 449 Dundas St.; 519-539-6767 or visit www.woodstockartgallery.ca
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CHOIR OF TRINITY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, 472 Richmond St.; tickets: $20 avail-able from church office; 519-434-3225; proceeds go to structural repairs of the church.
GOSPEL MUSIC IN THE PARK: Featuring Naiomi Bristow, from Beeton, Ontario, Sunday, 7 p.m. in Bonnie Mott Memorial Park, Canterbury Street in Ingersoll; in case of rain, concert moves indoors to First Baptist Church beside the park; free will offering will be received and a children’s program of stories and crafts provided; bring your lawn chair.
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC: Multi-week music festival that presents 100 events featuring 350+ artists, is set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford; opening night features the sounds of Berthold Carriere’s Music for a Midsummer’s Night and an aerial display, Monday, 9:30 p.m. at 25 Ontario St., till Aug. 27 at various locations; 519-271-2101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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ALL ABOUT BALLROOM: Ballroom, Latin and swing dancing with Wolfeman, Friday, Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; line dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., following by dancing at 8 p.m.; admission: $10, all welcome; 519-433-2579.
DANCELAND LAKESIDE RESORT: Dance to the music of U-Turn, Saturday, 8 p.m., 256440 Sunova Cres., RR#2, Lakeside; 519-349-2820; dances held the first and third Saturdays of the month.
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION — GRAND BEND: Dance to Deb and Ray, Saturday, 3-6 p.m., free; 20 Municipal Dr.; 519-238-2120.
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION — LAMBETH: Dance to the music of Blackstone Band, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412 or visit branch501lambethlegion.ca
SINGLES MINGLE DANCE: With Wolfeman DJ host, Saturday, 8 p.m., Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; admission: $12, 519-433-2579.
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ALVEGOROOT THEATRE: Dominion Day! A Musical by Jason Rip, music by Stephen Holowitz, Thursday, Wednesday, July 20, 25 at 7:30 p.m., July 26 at 2 p.m.; SIXTY-SEVEN, theatrical collage by Adam Corrigan Holowitz, Tuesday, July 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 1424 Clarke Rd.; tickets: $15 by calling 519-457-1296 or visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca/events
BLYTH FESTIVAL THEATRE: Mr. New Year’s Eve: A Night With Guy Lombardo, till Aug. 19; Blyth Festival Theatre, 423 Queen St., Blyth; 519-523-9300, 1-877-862-5984 or visit blythfestival.com
HURON COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE: Drayton Entertainment production of All Shook Up, ends Sunday; 70689 B Line, Grand Bend; for ticket prices and show times, visit the box office, online at draytonentertainment.com or call 519-238-6000.
PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE: Buying The Moose, till July 22; tickets: $32.50 matinee, $35 evening performances; 302 Bridge St., Port Stanley; 519-782-4353 or visit www.portstanleytheatre.ca
SHAW FESTIVAL: Middletown, opens Thursday, till Sept. 10 at Maxwell Studio Theatre; An Octoroon, opens Sunday, till Oct. 14, The Madness of George III, till Oct. 15, Dancing at Lughnasa, till Oct. 15, all at Royal George Theatre; Wilde Tales, till Oct. 7, Androcles and the Lion, till Oct. 7, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, till Oct. 8, all at Court House Theatre; Dracula, till Oct. 14, Me and My Girl, till Oct. 15, Saint Joan, till Oct. 15, all at Festival Theatre; 1-800-511-7429 or visit shawfest.com
STRATFORD FESTIVAL: Romeo and Juliet, till Oct. 21, Twelfth Night, till Oct. 21, Guys and Dolls, till Oct. 29, all at Festival Theatre; Bakkhal, till Sept. 23, The Changeling, till Sept. 23, Timon of Athens, till Sept. 22, all at Tom Patterson Theatre; The School for Scandal, till Oct. 21, HMS Pinafore, till Oct. 21, Treasure Island, till Oct. 22, all at Avon Theatre; The Virgin Trial, till Sept. 30 at Studio Theatre; 1-800-567-1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca
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ADAM GRAEME: Fun-filled evening with Adam Graeme Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show, Thursday, 8 p.m., Grand Bend Legion, 20 Municipal Dr.; tickets: $15; 519-238-2120.
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