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chinesenewyearAs we get ready to begin the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese New Year celebrations gear up in Owen Sound. For the third year in a row, free events for the whole family will take place all day Saturday, February 6 at Grey Roots Museum and Archives, the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

Beginning at 10 a.m. at Grey Roots there will be special guests and activities. Artist Emily Bi will demonstrate how to create fei chun, a tradition Chinese New Year decoration and she will also perform guzhang, a Chinese dulcimer. Cathryn Graham and Tamara Schmitke will speak from their own experience of ...

Snowmobiling-on-IceIn the wake of a tragic weekend that claimed the lives of three snowmobilers on frozen waterways, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are warning snowmobilers about unsafe ice and urging everyone, including anglers to stay off lakes and rivers.   

In one incident over the weekend ...

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By Cathy Hird

I have been writing this column for a year and a half, and it occurred to me that it might be time to go back to the basic questions I am working on with what I write here.

In this column, I explore the place of "spirit" and "spirituality" in our lives. For me, spirituality explores questions of meaning, purpose and connection--connection to other people, to creation, to the divine. Spirit is the part of us that senses what is transcendent, but also what connects us to people, places and creation. Spirituality is our guide to what is beyond us and between us.

A person is made up of four parts: body, mind, heart and spirit. An older word used for spirit was "soul." Each part of us has

monkeyartMonkeys are filling the lower studio of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from now until closing on Sunday, February 7. A show to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey has been organized by the Chinese in Grey Bruce Research Project in partnership with the gallery.

The call to artists went out to all local artists, and the pieces represent the work of professionals, art teachers and their students, and those for whom making art is both a solitary and social practice. From milk paint to the traditional Chinese watercolour and brush, felt to flattened cans, the artists have brought the celebration to life.

This year we are honoured to have work by Guangzhou, China artist SuYi Chen, who has been a friend since childhood of one of the event organizers, Xiao Mei Zhu. Her delicate brush paintings on rice paper, mounted...

Anna1Did you know that loneliness and lack of social ties are some of the most difficult issues facing those at risk of homelessness and poverty? Loneliness can be so devastating that it hinders any sense of feeling hopeful. Safe 'N Sound believes that in order for any good work to be accomplished in someone's life, the issue of loneliness must be acknowledged and addressed.

This is why Safe 'N Sound is much needed in Owen Sound. Through our programming at The Space        (310 8th St. East) we intentionally facilitate social ties and a sense of belonging. We are a community within a community where participants feel welcome. Here folks can access support, advocacy, referral, and basic needs such as laundry facilities, showers, computers, lunch, and more. We also strongly encourage and....

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