Author: Stouffville Review

Batter up

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Softball Association (WSSA) has been providing a fun, community-based softball experience for children and youth for more than 50 years. “This upcoming season will be filled with lots of fun and opportunity for skill development for all of our players,” promises WSSA secretary Rosanna Garganis. Programs are available for all ages and skill levels through its House League, Select, and Rep Programs. Recreational softball is offered at the House League level and the commitment is generally one game a week starting in mid-May and finishing mid to late August with a year-end tournament. The emphasis at this...

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Citizens can do their part to help homeless youth

York Region residents are being urged to open up their doors to kids who are homeless. The appeal comes from 360°kids, a local charity that works with at-risk youth in York Region. A newly launched program, Nightstop, aims to provide beds on a night-to-night basis to low-risk homeless youth who have no criminal record or history of violence. 360°kids emphasizes that comprehensive checks are carried out on everyone involved in the program, including the host families. The chair of the 360°kids board, Mark Zeidenberg, believes Nightstop offers hope to young people. “We cannot keep building shelters,” he said. “This...

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Behind the scenes of the Friendly Giant

Look up—way up, actually! Going back a generation or two, you’d know the Friendly Giant as a staple of children’s television shows. The impossibly tiny props that captured the hearts of Canadian youngsters were the making of Ivan Harris. At the beginning of every episode of the Friendly Giant, viewers were taken on a scenic tour through rambling greens and into Friendly’s village of perfect little houses, churches, barns, and animals. Then, Friendly would lower the drawbridge and open the doors into his fairytale castle. Every painstaking detail—from the blades on a windmill to a little car parked in...

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Amazing Race comes to Stouffville

Calling all teens—tie up your laces and get ready to race across the town to victory in the annual Amazing Stouffville Race. On Mar. 16, the popular race returns for another year of fun-filled challenges for youth aged 13-18 years. Inspired by the hit reality television show of the almost same name (minus the Stouffville, of course) teams of two will test their skills to the limit with challenges throughout the different checkpoints in downtown Stouffville. All checkpoints will have clues leading each team to the next activity. The pair that races back to the Leisure Centre and crosses...

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March Break fun at Latcham Gallery

Calling all young artists, The Latcham Gallery’s art studio is the place to paint, draw, sculpt and print-make this March Break. Camp days will guide kids ages 5 to 11 in exploring their creativity and making their ideas come to life with paint, paper, clay and mixed media. The Latcham Gallery is offering five days of camp taught by professional art educators in the art studio. Each day is different, so you can register for one or two days, or all five. The cost is $50/day and pre-registration is required. Artist educators Jessie Jakumeit and Anna Bouzina are sure...

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