By Brent Jeffries

Owen Sound Little Theatre presents The 39 Steps by John Buchan on February 5-7 and 11-14 at 7:30pm at the Roxy Theatre. Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy thriller is brilliantly and hilariously recreated in this production. This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay complete with stiff upper lip, British gung ho and pencil moustache-as he encounters dastardly murderers, double-crossing secret agents and beautiful women. This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast paced and fun action. Tickets at Roxy box office at [email protected] or by phone at 519-371-2833.

John Brownlow (Sportswriters) will perform covers and originals in a Saturday afternoon show at the Frog Ponds Café on February 7 from 12-1:30. This singer/songwriter is a gifted guitarist and vocalist with a great songbook full of classic tunes to please all. He will be joined by special guest Keira McArthur on cello for the second set of the show. Join us for lunch and stay for the music. 519-371-7000 for more information.

The Fiddlefern Country Dancers are hosting a contra dance on Saturday night, February 7, 2015. For anyone who likes to dance. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. Bring your family and friends. Anne Lederman and Ian Bell will be providing live music and Frank Francalanza will lead dancers through the steps for contra and square dancing. At St. George's Church Hall, 1049 4th Ave. E. in Owen Sound. Doors open at 7:30, warm up and orientation at 7:45, dancing from 8:00 until 11:00. $12 adults, $7.50 students, $5 children, $20 family. Soft-soled shoes, comfortable clothing and no fragrances advised. Please bring a water bottle.

The Chesley Community Players will hold their annual meeting, Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm in the board room. Entrance from the rear door and at this time we will be electing four directors to serve a two year term on the board. Nominations are welcome. We will review our past year and expand on this year's productions, THE WHOLE TOWNS TALKING in June and I'LL BE HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT in October. We have applied for a Trillium grant and hope to hear from the Trillium foundation prior to this meeting. Our plan is for handicap doors and a new washroom in the Bijou. We are always looking for your input so plan to attend.

Valentines-featLooking for the perfect Valentine's Day event for you and your sweetie? The Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound has you covered! Tickets are now on sale for the club's Valentine's Day Fundraiser: 1969 Revisited presents Classic Rock Love Songs. Hear all your favourite Classic Rock Love Songs as they were meant to be heard: live, raw, and dripping with emotion! You will howl, you will melt, you will dance your feet off. It will be a Valentine's Day for the ages. And we guarantee the only cheese will be on the food table. 1969 Revisited are masters of rock, and their playlist includes a wide selection from the 60s and 70s, with two dynamic vocalists, and a band that has all the energy and drive of the classic rock bands you love. Get your tickets now at Fromager Music on 8th Street East or on 10th Street West in Owen Sound. Just $25 each with light meal and door prize ticket included. The Valentine's Dance on Saturday February 14 is at the Bayshore Community Centre. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

The Owen Sound Artists' Co-op offers bright, fresh talent during the cold winter months of January and February. The Legacy Gallery is exhibiting work from the Next Generation group of emerging youth artists. From a 16-year-old bookbinder to a 30-year-old potter, with many diverse ages and medias in between, this show embodies the breadth of talent living within the boundaries of Grey and Bruce Counties. Along with our 40 regular Co-op members, and our guest artist for February, knitter Patti McMeekin, the Artists' Co-op provides a warm haven of art and craft. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 5:30, an artist is always in attendance!

Well-known Owen Sound artist Tom Bunce, presents a showing of his bright, colourful landscape paintings in the Griffin Gallery in the Roxy Theatre. This display of his art hangs from now until March 12. Stop in and see his work, when you visit the Roxy box office or take in a show at the Roxy.

Chicks with Picks are returning to the Frog Ponds Café for a special Valentine's Day concert on Saturday, February 14 from 12-1:30pm. Samantha Greavette and Morgan Lyall are a delightful duo, who present their own original material and covers with sophistication, grace and beauty. They will be joined by new members of their band. PWYC event for the artists. Join us for lunch and another fine afternoon show at the Café.

Santa Fe Gallery presents Mexicolores, a group show of many artists, full of the warmth and colours of sunny climes! Just what the doctor ordered to chase away those January blues. The Exhibit will run till Saturday March 14th. The Gallery is open to all, free of charge and is located on the 2nd Floor of the Grassroots Solar Building, 828 3rd Ave East in downtown Owen Sound.

Bishop House: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site invites you to view our new temporary display, 'Pte. Arthur John Mackey' curated and installed by OSCVI co-op student, Melanie Pledger. The display tells of the life of Arthur Mackey, a local Collingwood township boy, who enlisted in 1917 and made the ultimate sacrifice in 1918. Arthur's story is told through his letters to and from his family, personal items and interpretive panels. The groundwork for this display began when Melanie volunteered to transcribe Arthur's letters over the summer after they had been scanned for the OSCVI History Department. Knowing that her co-op would begin at Bishop House in September, she chose to create a display based on the letters and additional research she conducted. The 'Pte. Arthur John Mackey' display will be visible in Bishop House's Education Centre from January 20th to April 26th, 2015.

Submissions to [email protected]