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The Markham Civic Centre Outdoor Ice Rink
is Open for the Season

Free Public Skating

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Skate Rental: Adults $10, Children $5 (helmet included)

Extended Skate Rental Hours
Fridays: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. - 8 pm.

Recreational skating only.
No hockey sticks, pucks or balls allowed.

Address: 101 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Through the Looking Glass:
F.H. Varley in British Columbia

F. H. Varley, Mirror of Thought, 1937, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm,
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Gift of Harold Mortimer Lamb.
Photo: Stephen Topfer

January 31, 2015 - January 2016

Location: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2H1  map 

Frederick Horsman Varley (1881-1969) was a founding member of the Group of Seven and one of Canada’s foremost portrait painters. Through the Looking Glass explores the rich landscapes of Varley’s British Columbia period; a productive time in Varley’s life during which his own individual style flourished. Also on view is a rotating selection of works from our permanent collection representing Western Canada.

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Markham Concert Band presents "Hollywood"

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

Enjoy the best music from the Silver Screen.

The young at heart will enjoy “Disney at the Movies”,
with a special video presentation.
Tickets: Adults: $22, Students and Seniors: $17

Box Office: 905-305-7469

Event Organizer: Flato Markham Theatre
Telephone: 647-668-8943
Email Contact:
Website Address: 

Markham and the Great War

Oct. 11, 2014 – May 24, 2015

More than 250 Markham Township residents were recognized for their services overseas during World War I. Still more community members contributed to the war effort without leaving home. Drawing upon the objects and stories of individuals from our community, this exhibition explores what life was like for those who lived through the conflict, and documents how they continue to be commemorated 100 years after the conflict began.

The Markham Museum is located at 9350 Highway 48 (2 km north of Highway 7).  map

For more information about the Markham Museum, please call 905-294-4576 or go to   

P.A. Day Activities in Markham

Monday, February 2, 2015

The following fun activities are available at various community centres in Markham: Swimming, Skating, Indoor Playground, Crafts, Family Storytime, Scavenger Hunt, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Movies, Water Polo Try It and Underwater Hockey.

Click here for more information and schedule

Personality & Fit
Career Exploration Workshop 1
Monday, February 2, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Values & Work Environment
Career Exploration Workshop 2

Monday, February 2, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workplace Skills & Abilities:
Career Exploration Workshop 3

February 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Exploring Work Interests:
Career Exploration Workshop 4

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Labour Market Research:
Career Exploration Workshop 5
Friday, February 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Managing Career Change:
Career Exploration Workshop 6

Friday, February 6, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thinking about changing your career? Planning your first career? These workshops will help you explore your options and determine the best career choice for you. Assess your personality, values, skills, abilities and interests to find careers that suit you. Discover how to research careers and occupations, and how to successfully manage a career change. These workshops can be taken as a series or individually. Choose from Personality & Fit; Values & Work Environment; Workplace Skills & Abilities; Exploring Work Interests; Labour Market Research; and Managing Career Change.

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

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

Markham Guild of Village Crafts

Pottery Classes

This is an on-going class for beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students. The student acquires technical skills in Hand-building and Wheelthrowing. Practice both techniques with stoneware clay and porcelain. The experiment in glaze, kiln loading and firing will be discussed as the student advances in knowledge and experience. There is a maximum of 6 students per class to allow for individual attention.

Classes are ongoing. Contact teacher for start dates.

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

Fee: $245.00 plus material fee $20.00 and clay $15.00

Instructor: Wai-Yu
Contact Number: (416) 219-970

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

Joyride150 Women's Weekend

Saturday, January 31 & Sunday, February 1, 2015

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Joyride150 Indoor Bike Park
150 Bullock Drive map

Joyride150 Indoor Bike Park, which is usually filled predominately with male riders, will be open to FEMALE RIDERS ONLY for the Women’s Weekend January 31 & February 1 so that women can ride without the intimidation of the boys & the big crowds. All skill levels are welcome!


Opening Reception for
 "ALMA: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan"

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville

View the exhibitions ALMA: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan and Through the Looking Glass: F.H. Varley in British Columbia. Join us for opening remarks, ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the Gallery's new look, an opportunity to meet the Gallery's new Director Niamh O'Laoghaire, and refreshments.

All are welcome to attend.

Cost: Free

Organized and circulated by the Ottawa Art Gallery. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada

Ottawa-based artist Alma Duncan spent her entire life creating, interpreting, observing, and rendering. With pen in hand, she travelled the world recording the beauties of the land and the stories of her models, transcending the lines between modern interpreter and visual activist. Inherently interdisciplinary, from painting and drawing to film, her varied body of work also spans numerous genres, including the machine aesthetic, puppetry, and abstraction, and the natural world.

Born in Paris, ON, Duncan moved to Montreal in 1936 at the age of nineteen, where she worked in commercial art and studied under renowned Canadian artists Ernst Neumann and Goodridge Roberts. She quickly began to achieve success, first exhibiting her work in the Western Hemisphere Poster Competition hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1943, she received permission to create drawings inside industrial plants, shipyards and arms factories; a subject which became a lifetime interest.

This same year brought her to Ottawa. She accepted a position in the Graphics Department of the National Film Board (NFB), where she met long-time friend and collaborator Audrey (Babs) McLaren. The two quit the NFB in 1953 and formed the film company Dunclaren Productions in an Ottawa attic, through which they made several internationally-noted stop-motion animation short films. They resided together for nearly four decades in the Ottawa area. From the sixties onward, Duncan hung up her filmmaking hat and focused on painting and drawing. She engaged in abstract experimentation and created Dürer-quality renderings of the countryside. In 1970, Duncan produced a set of award-winning stamps on commission for Canada Post. A familiar name in the regional art community, Duncan's work can now be found in national and international collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Brooklyn Museum.

This retrospective at the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrates Duncan's lifework, recognizing her as an inextricable part of the Canadian art historical canon. It brings together curators, collectors, friends, and scholars to celebrate Alma Duncan, the colleague, and of course, the artist.

Co-curators: Jaclyn Meloche, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa
                  Catherine Sinclair, Senior Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery

The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover, bilingual catalogue, which features more than 70 colour plates, produced by the Ottawa Art Gallery in partnership with the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON. It is available for $55 at each venue and through ABC Art Books Canada.

Event Organizer: Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Telephone: 905-477-7000 ext. 3261
Email Contact:

Auditions for Cultural Talent Show

February 1, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
or February 7, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
or February 8, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Location: Arya Samaj - Vedic Cultural Centre
4345 - 14th Avenue map

Auditions: The Youth of Arya Samaj 4th annual Cultural Talent Show.

 Looking for a variety of musical and dance performances
from contemporary, classical, and folk genres
by individuals, groups & organizations.

Types of Items for Auditions:
Bhajan/ Mantra, Indian Song, Instrumental music
Bollywood/Indian Classical /Folk Dance
Indian Fashion Show
Bollywood Film Dialogue
Indian Skit/ Patriotic Quotes/ Commercial
Comedy Act

Contact: Neera 647-290-8802 /

Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers Phase 1

Monday, February 2, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Thornhill Community Centre Library
7755 Bayview Ave.  map

Innovative mobile program helps immigrants explore the idea of starting a business in Canada. Participants will move through up to three phases in this program: from assessing whether self-employment is a good fit for them and learning about the Canadian business environment, through to investigating their competition, their market and the financial aspects of business planning.

Delivered by Job Skills.

Eligibility Criteria:

LINC Level 5 minimum, Permanent Residents and applicants for Permanent Residence with letter from CIC informing them that their application for landing has been approved, Convention Refugees, Live-in Caregivers

Cost & Registration: Free. Registration required: register by calling 905.477.4639 or toll free 1.855.234.8868 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers is delivered across York Region.

Call or e-mail for more details: 1-855-234-8868 / 905-477-4639 /

Participants who meet Program Criteria will move to Phase II

For more information visit

Infant Sleep Parenting Workshop
at Markham Village Library

Monday, February 2, 2015, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Location: Markham Village Library, 6031 Highway 7  map

It is important for both babies and parents to get the sleep they need.

Learn how to encourage healthy sleep patterns for your baby.

Parents will also learn how to get the sleep they need.

Parenting workshops are led by a York Region Public Health Nurse.

They are free and geared to parents, grandparents and caregivers
of children up to 18 months old. Babies are welcome!

Please call ahead to register (905) 513-7977 extension 4273

Event Organizer: Markham Public Library
Telephone: 905 513 7977 extension 4273
Email Contact:
Website Address:


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