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Housing Workshops for Newcomers:
Housing Information Workshop

November 25, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Angus Glen Library
3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East

Housing Workshops for Newcomers: Housing Information Workshop( joint project between Markham Public Library and The Housing Help Centre)

The Housing Help Centre recognizes that each individual deserves safe, secure and affordable housing. Using a housing-focused settlement strategy, counselors provide workshops which help newcomers to find housing and achieve other settlement goals, while increasing their knowledge regarding their rights and responsibilities.

The Housing Help Centre has helped many newcomers to settle and access habitable and appropriate housing in York Region.

Workshop presented in Mandarin and English.

Free. For more information, or to register: call Cindy Wu: 416.726.1827. PLEASE BRING PR CARD.

Housing Information Workshop will cover topics such as:
• Market rent housing list
• Subsidized housing
• Landlord Support Registry
• Rent Bank
• Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
• Emergency energy funding

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Jim Witter Concert

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard


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Lion Dance for Beginners

Thursdays, November 26 – December 17, 2015
(and continuing again from January – May 2016)

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Immigrant Youth Centre
5284 Highway 7 East, Unit 2, Markham, L3P 1B9  map

To register contact or call 905-294-8868 ext.207.



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PA Day Painting Camp

Friday, November 27, 2015

 Painting theme: Pop Culture

Where: Winged Canvas
91 Anderson Ave., Unit 12 Markham

Full Day Camp: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Half Day Camp: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (guided), 1 - 4 p.m. (open painting)

Extended hours: $10/hr until 6 p.m. More time to ART!

Suitable for Kids 9+
Save 10% on multiple days!

Every PA-Day during the school year, we invite students to come to our studio for a fun day of painting! There are painting themes for inspiration each day, and students have the choice of painting their own subject matter with guidance from the instructor. Beginners welcome: we will go over all the basics with you step-by-step if you've never painted before. All materials included. Each student gets their own canvas (12 x 16 inches) per half day, or two canvases for a full day. Free canvas boards during extended hours!

More info or to register:!pa-day-painting/casu

Figurative Fridays


Location: Winged Canvas - Markham's Art Hub
91 Anderson Ave., Unit 12 Markham, ON L6E 1A5  map  

Figurative Fridays are weekly life drawing sessions that take place every Friday from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Winged Canvas - Markham's Art Hub.

Drop-in: $20 | 4 session pass: $70

We have different themes every week of the month!

1st week: Nude*
2nd week: Semi Nude*
3rd week: Costumed
4th week: Costumed

Check out our calendar for the different themes each week:!calendar/c3sr

Join our Facebook group for the latest updates:

For more info about pricing and registration:!open-life-drawing/c1dq5

*participants under 18 must provide a consent form (available on our website) from their parent/guardian for nude and some semi-nude sessions.

Adult Pottery Workshop: Holiday Ornaments

Friday, November 27, 2015

Location: Markham Museum

                     9350 Highway 48 

Create a set of 12 ceramic ornaments in Markham Museum’s Pottery Studio (9350 Markham Road) on November 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This project is something that you can bring out for years and years to come. Cost $56.50 per person. Pre-registration required. Call 905-305-5970 to register today!


Markham Guild of Village Crafts

Location: 11 Church St.

The Village Palettes
Open Studio
Painting Group

Come and paint with The Village Palettes Art Group. We meet every Thursday from September to early June. Bring your paints, brushes, canvas, paper and whatever else you might need and join us!

Our day runs every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The idea of the Open Studio concept is that you can drop in anytime within the mentioned time frame. This makes the atmosphere very "easy going" and less rigid and confined.

Regarding the cost, our first painting session runs from September to early December and the second session is January to June. Each session has a separate fee. For fee amount please contact us using the information below.

New members are welcome to try the Open Studio Painting Group free of charge for the first time.

Guest artists are brought in throughout the year to inspire new ideas and teach new techniques. We also host an art show at least once a year.

If you have any questions or you are interested in our group, please email Marg at or phone 905-477-0774. You can also drop by the Markham Guild during a Thursday and see what we are up to.

Visit our website at or check out our Facebook page

Fibre ArtFibre Arts Class
 with Christine

Students will be introduced to a different fibre art technique in each class as well as work on a project of their choosing under the guidance of the teacher. Classes will generally be held on the last Friday of each month unless otherwise stated.

Classes are ongoing, one class per month Starting September 25th .

Please contact the teacher for dates and to register.

Cost: $24 + supplies extra and will vary by class

Teacher: Christine (905) 477-7208


Beginner Needle Felted Snowman Workshop

Saturday, November 28th

from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A fun class for beginners! In this class we'll learn how to a make a needle-felted snowman using wool and raw fleece, giving it a realistic fluffy appearance. In addition,
we'll make a partial wire armature to support the snowman.

Cost: $24.00 + supplies fee of $20 which includes wool, fleece locks, 2 sizes of felting needles.

Call Saira at 647-982-9665 or email for more information and to register for the class.

Pottery Classes

This course covers essential handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques for creating both decorative and functional pieces. You learn how to use slabs, molds, coils, pinch pots, handles, decorative effects and more to create bowls, serving dishes, mugs or decorative objects.

Classes are ongoing.

Dates & Times: Saturday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                       Sunday - 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $280.00 plus material fee $20.00 and clay $15.00

Instructor: Wai-Yu
Contact Number: 416-219-9708

For more information about the Markham Guild of Village Crafts and to view more craft classes visit

*NEW* After School Art Studio at the Art Hub

Would you like to grow your art and creative thinking skills in a tutor-style after school program? Our After School Art Studio Program is now being offered Mondays to Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm until June! Previously only Thursday afternoons, this program is now available every week day, affording greater flexibility for drop-ins ($35/session) and greater choice for the full 8 sessions ($255). All in-studio materials are included except for canvases and specialty paper.

Your instructor will work with you to design projects according to your interests, level, or portfolio goals. Each student will get valuable one-on-one time with the instructor and assignments tailored to their interests, whether it is cartooning, realistic drawing, mixed media or even design. All beginners are welcome!

If you're interested in registering for a drop-in session or the full 8 sessions, click here or call us at (905) 205-1231.

Location: Winged Canvas - Markham's Art Hub
              91 Anderson Ave., Unit 12 Markham, ON L6E 1A5  map

Straight Talking: The Art of Assertiveness for Youth

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

At work we communicate across functions and levels, making it essential that we posses the ability to communicate with one another effectively and clearly. That is why we need to learn to be assertive! In this workshop, we’ll discuss the differences between submissive, assertive and aggressive behaviour and we explore the principles behind the success of assertive behaviour.

Location: Job Skills' Markham - 4961 Highway 7, suites 100 - 101 map

Call 905-948-9996 to book your Workshop. Pre-registration is required.

Festival of Lights
on Main Street Markham

Friday, November 27, 2015

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Now into its third decade of existence, the Main Street Markham Business Improvement Association will once again present its Festival of Lights, its yearly celebration of the Christmas season. This festival began to bring attention to the businesses on Markham’s historic Main Street. Over the years, this celebration has grown into one of the leading attractions of the city; bring together citizens and visitors to celebrate holidays on historic Main Street Markham. Past years have included: jugglers, stilt walking elves, fire artists from Zero Gravity Circus, live music and carolers, even free horse and buggy rides. The highlight of the evening is the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree by Santa Clause himself, followed by a grand fireworks display! The celebration continues into the night with live entertainment on the center stage. Local businesses stay open for late holiday shopping.

Festival visitors can also enter the Best Dressed Store Window contest, and vote for the best holiday window display. There will be drawing for a $100 shopping spree.

This year’s Festival of Lights promises to be just as magical as in years past.

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Friday, November 27, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
               171 Town Centre Blvd 

Down Under Bedding
Brand Name Bedding and Mattress for Less.
Save Big on Duvets
& Designer Linens.

Kimberly Clark, Broker

Direct: 647-293-8632
Office: 905-471-2121

Caryl Baker Visage

Markham Boxing

Ron Beer's Family Self Defense
Ron Beer's
Family Self Defense

Clean and Care Services
Clean and Care Services

Pulse Dance Works
John Procenko Real Estate Team
Professional. Proactive. 

John Procenko
Real Estate Team

Great Clips
Cosmopolitan Furnished Suites
Furnished Suites
Toronto's best hotel alternative

Timothy Reynolds, CGA
Winged Canvas
TwinBytes Inc.
Hogan Landscaping
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Padgett - The Small Biz Pros
The Small Biz Pros

Carefect Home Care Services
Sher's 5 Star Catering


Janitorial Company GTAJanitorial Company GTA 

Skills for Change

Supreme Cleaning Group

Professional Cleaning Services

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Dance Art Studio
Dance Art Studio

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National News, Business, Entertainment & Sports Headline

What we know and don't know about Canada's Syrian refugee plan
       Immigration Minister John McCallum will release details today of the Liberal government's plan to resettle 25,000 refugees across the country. Some information has already been leaked, but there are still outstanding questions about how the plan will unfold. >> full story
Canada 'failing' in fight against cybercrime, hacking
       Canada is lagging behind the U.S., Britain and other countries in defending citizens and businesses against malicious hackers and cyber-criminals, say numerous groups involved in trying to police the internet.  >> full story

Analysis Ahead of Paris climate talks, Canadians say they're willing to pay to reduce emissions
       Canadians' views on what to do about climate change vary from one region of the country to another, an important consideration as the premiers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan face re-election in five months' time. >> full story
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Donaldson discusses MVP, Price returning to Toronto
      The 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson joined Dave Naylor and Bruce Arthur today on TSN Drive. He touched on how it felt to be named MVP, he also said if the Blue Jays offer is close to other teams he wouldn’t be surprised if David Price chose to come back to Toronto. >> full story
Maple Leafs drop to third on Forbes list
       For the first time since 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs are not the National Hockey League’s most valuable franchise, according to annual valuations projected by Forbes Magazine on Tuesday. Both the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion) and Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) are valued by Forbes as worth more than the Maple Leafs, who check in third at $1.15 billion. >> full story
Blue Jays sign Mier, Adams, Kotchman
       The Toronto Blue Jays signed shortstop Jiovanni Mier, second baseman David Adams and first baseman Casey Kotchman to minor-league contracts on Monday. >> full story
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