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Friday, June 14 – Grand Marché, official opening at ExpoCité, 250 Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel. Two hours free parking. For more details, visit legrandmarchedequebec.com.

Book Quest 2019: Natural World at the Morrin Centre

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The Morrin Centre summer reading program is back for a 15th consecutive year! Organized in partnership with the TD Summer Reading Club, Book Quest gives children ages three to 12 the opportunity to appreciate literature through games, crafts, and interactive activities. This year’s theme, Natural World, will allow participants to explore all the wonders nature has to offer.

New pavilion at the Base de Plein air almost complete

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Photo: Peter Black

Construction is on schedule at the Base de Plein air de Sainte-Foy, where a spacious new pavilion and a multi-purpose building will replace outdated structures on the site. One of the old buildings had to have asbestos insulation removed before it was demolished.

Grads give last show before running away to the circus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Not all directors would want the word catastrophe in the name of their show. However, Maxime Perron, artistic director of Catastrophe ultraviolette, is unafraid. The actor and first-time director of the graduates’ final show at the École de Cirque (ECQ) chose a rather abstract theme based on a concept from quantum physics.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 at Dollard-des-Ormeaux High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux graduation ceremony was particularly poignant this year as Stéphan Lagacé, principal of the school for the past 13 years, congratulated the graduates, some of whom he has known since they were in kindergarten, and bid them a final farewell.

The scourge of goutweed and the splendour of Quebec gardens

What makes human beings distinct from plants and animals is that humans are sentient organisms who try to make sense of their existence. Such deep thoughts weigh on the mind when confronting one of the most profound mysteries of the universe: How do you get rid of goutweed? The answer, Grasshopper, is you don’t get rid of goutweed, or at least not forever.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Cockburn

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada (Common Domain)

This street is named in honour of James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847), a British Army officer and watercolourist, born in New York.

In 1793 Cockburn entered the Royal Military Academy of Woolwich in London, where he learned to draw landscapes as required for topography. He developed the qualities that characterized his style: fine lines, perspective detail and topographic precision.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

June 7, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Lachine Canal
Montreal – We hear with pleasure that shares in the Lachine Canal are sought with avidity, from the estimate of its probable proceeds, which will be found in our columns, we imagine that when it is completed, shares if sold, will bring in a very considerable premium.

The mysterious history of the Boston Tea Party!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mystery, History … and a Whole Lot of Tea! is described in the program notes as “a comedic tale, set in three different time periods, which follows the lives and adventures of a number of eccentric characters, surrounding the disappearance of a tea box.”

St. Pat’s High School closes the year with music

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before trading their books for beach towels, St. Patrick’s High School music students gave their End-of-Year Music Concert on May 29. Brass bands, jazz bands and vocalists performed pieces from 1970s rock ’n’ roll to blues to today’s favourites.

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