March 23 2011 Edition

Anton Kuerti at the Morrin Centre

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The Morrin Centre presents Anton Kuerti in the latest of their Arts Matters series at the Morrin Centre on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. These talks are moderated by Executive Director Simon Jacobs, himself an accomplished classical musician.

Pianist Anton Kuerti was born in Austria, grew up in the U.S., and has lived in Canada for more than 35 years.

Exploring Quebec requires joie de vivre

Quebec City - "I have never heard anyone speak French like that," says the taxi driver, looking at me like I had two heads. We circle past the Chateau Frontenac in search of L'Auberge de la Place d'Armes.

The Toys & More Sale gains momentum

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The Moms' Nite Out Volunteers of the Jeffery Hale Community Services have worked hard to create a lasting and growing fundraiser. For the past five years, they have been organizing the Toys & More Sale, which is a sale of second-hand children's toys and clothing.

"Anyone can rent a table and sell their items, keeping all the profits.

St. Patrick’s Day Concert at St. Dominique Church

Photo: Photo By Shirley Nadeau

There was a lovely concert at Église Saint-Dominique on St. Patrick's Day, "A Tip of the Hat to Ireland" or a "Coup de chapeau à l'Irlande," as it was advertised in French.

SongCircle: An afternoon of live music with Randall Spear and guests


Don't miss out on the last SongCircle of the season at the Morrin Centre on Sunday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m. This time, local folksinger and songwriter Randall Spear will welcome Thom Swift and Jane Ehrhardt.

Known for his down-to-earth charm, soulful baritone voice and skillful musicianship, multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues.

A winter wonderland in Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges


I learned firsthand of the origin of the name of the town, Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges - St. Ferreol of Snows, while spending a week there in a house rented by my daughter. When my wife and I arrived, it had been snowing since the previous night. Not just a fine powder, but heavy, tree-bending snow, creating an enchanting fairy-land scene.

Central Quebec School Board establishes first Student Ombudsman

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As a result of Bill 88, passed in May 2008 by Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, by which school boards are required to establish a procedure for examining complaints from students or parents, Anne Letellier de St-Just was nominated by the Council of Commissioners at a special meeting on February 28 to be the School Board's first Student Ombudsman.

Anne Letellier has a bachelor's degr

High School Performing Arts Festival

The Central Quebec School Board is gearing up for another Performing Arts Festival to celebrate the talents of our young performing artists.

Olympic Courage and then some

Courage, self control and grim determination would describe the attributions required of Olympic competitors. Add to this some excruciating training and we have a picture of what it takes to, first of all, qualify, and then compete in the Olympics.

We have recently seen great examples of these qualities by Olympic competitors.

The deteriorating Quebec Bridge

"Its construction was considered a major engineering feat; for many years it was justifiably the pride of our city." Yeah - and look at it now.

I refer, of course, to the Quebec Bridge, and to the disgraceful state of its appearance. The Quebec Bridge has been owned and maintained (?) by CN since 1993, and some years ago its entire structure was painted a handsome coat of green.

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