Community Notes

Sillery Creators’ annual Christmas art sale
The Association des créateurs et artisans de Sillery will hold its annual Christmas Exhibition and Sale at Bibliothèque Charles-H-Blais, 1445 Ave. Maguire, from Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, December 2. Fusion glass items and rustic wood furniture are some of the new disciplines featured along with stained glass treasures, bijoux de fantaisie, ceramic pieces, watercolours, mixed media works, acrylic creations and oil paintings. The exhibition is open Monday to Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call 523-4575.

Don’t miss Oklahoma!
The Quebec Art Company invites the public for a toe-tapping fun time! The musical, Oklahoma! will be presented on November 29, 30, and December 1 at 8 p.m., and on December 2 at 2 p.m. at Holland Elementary School, 940, Ernest-Gagnon. Reservations: 254-6552.

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 Volunteer at the Plains of Abraham ski rental centre
The non-profit corporation Les amis des plaines d’Abraham is looking for volunteers for its ski and snowshoe rental centre located at the Discovery Pavilion on the Plains of Abraham, east of the Drill Hall. The centre will be open daily from January 6 through to March 23, from 10 to 3 p.m. For information, call Nicole Thériault on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 649-6476 or leave a message, before November 13.
 
Calling all St. Lawrence alumni
Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008! The reunion will take place on May 17 and 18, with activities planned throughout the weekend. If you are a former Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence or St. Lawrence College student or employee please go to the website, <www.slc.qc.ca>, and click on the Alumni link to fill in the alumni form. They need your current contact information to send you an invitation to what will surely be a memorable weekend. For more information, please call Joanne at (418) 656-6921, ext. 205.

Community member needed
The Holland School Governing Board is looking for an individual to fill the position of community representative. The person would be someone interested in lending their knowledge of the community to help in the pursuit of the mandate of the governing board. Interested individuals may contact the chair of the governing board, Warren Thomson, via e-mail at <[email protected]> or leave a message at the school at 681-7705.
Looking for Secondary I math and English tutors
The Quebec City Reading Council is looking for volunteers who are willing to tutor a student an hour a week. Parking is free. If needed, bus tickets will be provided to and from the centre, located at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, 3005 William-Stuart, office 106. Call Cathy or Susanne at 681-1258 or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Join the Special Olympics team of volunteers
The 2008 Canadian Winter Special Olympics will be hosted by Quebec City and will gather close to 900 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across Canada. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to help support this event, which will take place between February 26 and March 1, 2008. There’s a need for volunteer help from welcoming to operations, and from competitions to communications. Sign up and join the team by filling out an application online at <www.osquebec2008.com> or by calling 656-3750.

Children’s Readings at the library of the Lit & His
Join in on children’s readings at the library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec on Saturday mornings every two weeks: November 10 and 24, and December 8. The readings begin at 11 a.m. and admission is free. For more information on that week’s theme, call 694-9147.     
 
Recruiting volunteers for Jeffery Hale’s Take-A-Break
Jeffery Hale Community Services is recruiting volunteers for the Take-A-Break program.  We are looking for people who would be available two Friday mornings a month from November to December and enjoy working with kids under four years of age.  You don’t have to have experience, as we will provide training.  We will provide reference letters for resumes. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Gail Quinn, Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services, at 683-9274.

 
The Coalition against morbid obesity seeks members
The Coalition against morbid obesity is a support group to help people across Quebec who suffer from morbid obesity. It is a non-profit organization looking to provide information and raise awareness on morbid obesity and to promote better access to bariatric surgery in the province of Quebec. For more information call (866) 739-6355 or visit <www.lepoidsquitue.com>.

Third annual Diaper Drive
Chalmers-Wesley United Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew’s United Church would like to announce the third annual diaper drive, which is a complement to the Jeffery Hale Community Service’s OLO program for mothers who need a hand. The group is looking for donations of diapers, especially sizes three, four and five; baby cereal; baby food; new baby clothes; new baby toys, or a cash donation.  Please bring donated items to Chalmers-Wesley United church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule in old Quebec (Diane Cunliffe at 663-3059), St. Andrew’s United or St. Andrew’s Presbyterian churches, Valcartier (Patricia Hicks at 844-2975) or Jeffery Hale Community Services (Marilyn Baxter 683-9274).

Find out how to start a self-help group
Self-help groups provide an environment where people confront and deal
with issues that are of concern to them, giving and getting support through
personal storytelling and discussion.  Self-help groups help address
stigma, promote coping skills and empower people through mutual support.
If you are interested in attending a workshop on how to start a self-help
group, please contact Susan Von Der Haar at Jeffery Hale Community Services,
683-9274.  The workshop will be held when a minimum of ten people have
registered their interest.

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LHSQ library needs more volunteers!  
The library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec is in need of some volunteers to help open its doors more often. Currently, the library is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Hours are from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday. The library is open from 10 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. If you could help any time during the week, please let them know. Call 694-9147 for more details on how to become a library volunteer, or visit <www.morrin.org>.

Thrift at St. Michael’s Church needs merchandise
Worn out trying to fight a path through all those wonderful Christmas gifts? Why not send last year’s down to St. Michael’s Thrift Shop, where the workers would be delighted to find them a new home? The church hall at 1800 Chemin Saint-Louis is open most weekday mornings for drop-offs.  Costume jewellery and nearly-new clothes are always very welcome, of course, but what is needed most of all are those little things that make a house a home. Decorative china, recent appliances in working order, linens, toys, pictures, cushions, and the like, all would turn ‘digs’ into a flat.  Many thanks for any and all donations.

QCRC seeks volunteers
The Quebec City Reading Council is seeking volunteers to help adults to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills. If you can read this, you can help others who are in urgent need of help. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities to match your own particular skills and needs. For more information or an informal chat, please contact Cathy at Quebec City Reading Council at 681-1258.

Saint Brigid’s Home is looking for memories for 150th
Saint Brigid’s Home is celebrating 150 years of caring this year. Whether you are a resident, a member of the family, a friend, a volunteer, a staff member or a retired staff member, a member of the Foundation or the Board of Directors, a committee or Guild member, you are a part of the Saint Brigid’s Family and we invite you to send us your memories so that we can use them to chronicle the history of our home. Send your memories to 1645 Chemin St-Louis, Sillery, G1S 4M3.

Blankets for Linus Project
Do you knit, crochet, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlecrafts? Project Linus is actively recruiting people to make new, handmade security blankets for sick children in the CHUQ. We are a nation-wide, 100 per cent volunteer, non-profit charity. To see how you can help, call 844-3326 or e-mail <[email protected]>. Visit the Web site at <www.plinusvalcartier.org>.