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Five events you have to check out in South Simcoe this weekend

Battle of the Badges hockey game, Art of Punjab exhibit opening top list of must-do events, editor writes
Kanwar Singh will be at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library on April 6 for the launch of the Art of Punjab exhibit.

Whether you’re looking for a pinhole camera to view the upcoming eclipse, or interested in seeing the artistry of Punjab up close, you’ll be kept entertained in South Simcoe this weekend.

Here’s what’s happening in Bradford and Innisfil on Saturday and Sunday:

Drop-in storytime

Join staff at the Lakeshore branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB and Library (967 Innisfil Beach Rd.) Saturday, April 6 for the next instalment of this weekly family event. Expect an hour of stories, songs, crafts and playtime. Get to know other families in your community while nurturing your child's love of books and reading. All ages are welcome, though it is considered most suitable for kids six and under. This event is free, it runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and no registration is required. 

Art exhibition launch

Welcome in Sikh Heritage Month with an art exhibition launch in the Bradford Library’s Zima Room Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet acclaimed Canadian artist Kanwar Singh, whose work has appeared in galleries around the world. The Art of Punjab exhibit will run until May 2. The library is at 425 Holland St. W.

Public skating hits the ice Bradford

The BWG Leisure Centre (471 West Park Ave.) will host all-ages public skating on April 6 and 7. Everyone who participates in this leisure program should consider wearing a helmet and gloves while on the ice. Children nine years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, while food, drinks, skating aids, sticks, pucks, balls, sleds, chairs and strollers are not permitted. The Saturday session starts at 2:15 p.m.; Sunday skating begins at 12:15 p.m. More details can be found at

Make a pinhole camera ahead of the eclipse

The Innisfil library’s Lakeshore branch will also run a special edition of Imagination Station on Saturday, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., where participants will get to make their own pinhole camera that can be used for safe, indirect eclipse observation. There is no registration required. However, supplies are limited so one per family will be encouraged. 

Battle of the Badges

See the stars of the South Simcoe Police Association take on those bruisers from Bradford Fire and Emergency Services at the BWG Battle of the Badges charity hockey game Saturday at 7 p.m. The event is at the BWG Leisure Centre and it is free to attend, though you’re encouraged to bid on several items in the silent auction. Make your best toss, too, in the Perfect SZN Chuck-a-Puck contest. All proceeds benefit the Bradford Helping Hand Food Bank. 

Chris Simon

About the Author: Chris Simon

Chris Simon is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications throughout Simcoe County and York Region. He is the current Editor of BradfordToday and InnisfilToday and has about two decades of experience in the sector
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