Month: May 2016

Indian dance take the stage

Menaka Thakkar is nothing, if not a cultural icon. Her Indian dance company, which carries her name, is Canada’s oldest and has been at the forefront of an Indian cultural boom in Canada. For over 30 years, her troupes have delivered hundreds of spectacularly choreographed performances incorporating many styles and ancient themes with contemporary concepts. The Thakkar production of Wise Monkey, Foolish Crocodile is one such performance that will take the stage at 19 on the Park May 28 at 6:30pm. Based on an ancient Indian collection of fables, it chronicles the dilemma of two animals in a friendship....

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Greener Gardening Series

Now that Spring has sprung it’s time to polish off your green thumb and get out in the garden – and do it sustainably. A good place to start is York Region’s Greener Home and Garden Seminars which are taking place in Markham, Stouffville and across the region throughout the planting season. “We’re really excited this year. We barely advertised it and it’s getting really full,” York Region program manager for educational outreach Vicki Puterbough says. Indeed, while the sessions did not start until early April, some of the programs as far out as October already have full registration....

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Be mindful of moles on Melanoma Monday

Summertime wouldn’t be the same without bright, sunny skies, but between the sand, surf and sweltering temperatures, it’s easy to forget another important ‘s’–skin cancer.   May 4 is Melanoma Monday, a day to dispel the myths about skin cancer and promote public understanding about the commonly overlooked condition. The Canadian Dermatology Association started the awareness initiative in 2012 and now marks the health promotion day on the first Monday of May every year.   Even though it’s called Melanoma Monday, the awareness day stretches beyond that specific form of skin cancer. Many dermatologists use the observance to address...

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Library learning for business

Everyone at the library is excited about the newly approved expansion that will see work start later this year. In advance of that, there’s still plenty of fun planned for this month, with a number of clubs, seminars and special events slated for May. Jane’s Walk, outlined in full in last month’s Stouffville Review (available at is a walk through Stouffville history. Evoking and “remembering the wisdom of Jane Jacobs,” these local guided walks in town, hosted by local historian Fred Robbins, allow for a deeper appreciation of our town and its historical context. A 10:30 am walk...

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Fore the love of golf

Whether you want to play courses that have challenged the world’s best golfers, or if you’re looking for a quick round after work, local golfers have numerous public course options within their city’s borders. Angus Glen, Maples of Ballantrae, Sleepy Hollow, Markham Green, Bushwood, Cresthaven and Remington Parkview golf courses offer a variety of difficulty, layout and price point, for players of all ages and experience—and they’re all nearby. Angus Glen Golf has often been regarded as one of Ontario’s best; having hosted the PGA tour stop of the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007 (once each on Angus’...

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