Ten things to do in Durham on October 8 and 9

Friday Oct 07th, 2016


Ten things to do in Durham on October 8 and 9

Oshawa This Week

DURHAM -- It’s kind of quiet for the Thanksgiving long weekend, but we have murder, sports and spirits on the list.

Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre stages ‘Murder At Sea! (A Cruise Of TITANIC Proportions!)’ on Oct. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at Ajax’s St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St. S. The funny whodunit features characters including Hercule Perrier. A cash bar is available. Tickets are $70 per person (dinner and show) at the box office, the Ajax and McLean community centres, the Audley Recreation Centre or online at stfranciscentre.ca . For more information call 905-619-2529, ext. 2787 (ARTS) or e-mail allison.kushner@ajax.ca .

With Halloween creeping up on us, take a Spirit Walk in Clarington, every Wednesday through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. during October. Presented by the Clarington Museums, you will hear spooky stories of strange urban mysteries as you take a guided walking tour of Bowmanville’s (allegedly) most haunted sites. New this year are Beech Street Theatre actors. Starts at the Bowmanville Museum, 37 Silver St. Reservations are required and tickets are $10 in advance, available by calling 905-623-2734.

Up north, see a print-making exhibit of works by Cannington artist Angela Hennessey in the Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, 181 Perry St., Port Perry, in October. The gallery is open Tuesday to and including Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.        

One municipality to the west, catch a York Durham Heritage Railway train in Uxbridge on October weekends and enjoy the fall colours on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visit www.ydhr.ca for train departure times and prices. For more information, e-mail ydhr@ydhr.ca or call 905-852-3696.

We’re jumping the gun a bit to include RMG Fridays, Oct. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen St., Oshawa. Three exhibits open -- Jay Dart: Greetings from Yawnder!; Emily Smit-Dicks: Fichu; and Karolina Baker: Do You Hear What I Hear? Plus there’s live music from The Unfaithful Dog and Whitby’s Kim the Lion. And you can make your own Magical Mystery Beard in the studio to wear during the night. The all-ages event is free to attend and there’s a cash bar.

Speaking of the RMG, there are a number of exhibitions running at the moment of interest to a wide variety of people, including Last Call: Temperance and Prohibition in Oshawa. The gallery is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Visit rmg.on.ca  .

At Whitby’s Station Gallery, five exhibitions end on Oct. 16 so get over to 1450 Henry St. this weekend (Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.). The SG Rocks show caught our eye: it features the stone sculptures of local artists including Stuart Blower, Gail Cunningham, Beth MacDonald and Gordon Reidt. Visitwww.whitbystationgallery.com .

And we’re jumping again to include an open mic at the OpenStudio Art Cafe, 617 Liverpool Rd., in Pickering’s Nautical Village, on Oct. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The all-ages event is a chance to speak, sing, play an instrument or do all three in a relaxed, cafe setting. The cost is $3. For information, e-mail draw@openstudioartcafe.com or call 905-420-2233.

The 2015 Memorial Cup champion Oshawa Generals have begun their new season and are in action on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at the General Motors Centre, 99 Athol St. E., Oshawa. The Gens take on the Barrie Colts.

But if you’re in west Durham and you want to cheer on a local team, the Pickering Panthers’ home opener is a Thanksgiving matinee. See the Panthers against the Whitby Fury on Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Rd.

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