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B.good Holds Their 10th Annual BBQ Aug. 4th


B.good celebrates their family and friends with their 10th annual BBQ in the South End August 4th

This Sunday, the 4th of August (yes...it is indeed August already!), b.good, Boston’s beloved healthy-fast burger company will be holding its annual BBQ.

For 10 years now, b.good has shut down early one summer afternoon to bring their different families together. From the team that works hard to prepare all of the delicious salads, burgers, sides and shakes every day, to the hungry friends who enjoy their food so much, everyone is welcome.

On Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6p.m. burgers will be flipped, local Harpoon beers will be popped open and music will be played. And the best part? All proceeds from the ticket sales (which can now only be purchased at the door on the day for 25$), will go directly to the b.good family foundation. This time around, Ultimate Sports Program will be awarded the proceeds.

So head to the South End this Sunday, stroll around the market in the morning, work up an appetite and then enjoy the afternoon with your favorite people from b.good. Oh, and owner, Jon will be positioned above a dunk tank should you be so inclined…


CMSSL set for 10th anniversary

The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis during a past performance.

The tenth season of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (CMSSL) once again promises classical connoisseurs an international array of musical offerings along with a special gala celebration &ndash &ldquoNotes from Hollywood &ndash The Sequel.&rdquo St. Louis icon Ozzie Smith will join the festivities honoring Leonard on Monday, December 10 in the Sheldon Concert Hall. Executive and Artistic Director, Marc Gordon is &ldquolooking forward to our 10th Anniversary Season which holds a celebratory Gala in December, a number of events featuring students from CMSSL education programs, a new series of Saturday matinee concerts at the 560 Music Center and a look back to some of the more popular repertoire from previous seasons.&rdquo

On October 8-9, the season gets a spicy start with &ldquoEspaña,&rdquo focusing on the warm, seductive musical flavors of the Iberian Peninsula, courtesy of Falla, Albeñiz, Granados, Sarasate, Halffter and Bizet.

Renowned British conductor Nicholas McGegan returns for his annual visit October 22 to lead &ldquoGo for Baroque,&rdquo an entertaining program of harp concerto and harpsichord suite by Handel, and Bach&rsquos 4th Brandenburg Concerto. McGegan previously taught at Washington University and currently serves as Music Director for the Bay Area&rsquos Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Their November 5-6 program is &ldquoFor the Birds&rdquo and features some of the appealing results of composers&rsquo fascination with our feathered friends. A variety of compositions by Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Daquin, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Grieg will be performed.

&ldquoElegance and Romance&rdquo will satisfy the passion in all of us with the most beloved compositions from both Mozart and Tchaikovsky on Saturday, December 1. This performance also introduces the Saturday matinee option to their programming.

The December 10 gala, &ldquoNotes from Hollywood &ndash The Sequel&rdquo will reprise the 2013 St. Louis and 2014 Chicago performances, featuring an evening of chamber music written by Hollywood film composers. In addition to the musical entertainment, Slatkin &ndash now a permanent St. Louis resident - will share stories and the history of the music and composers, many of whom were regular visitors in the Slatkin home as he was growing up in Los Angeles. Slatkin has a plan to involve St. Louis Cardinals icon, Ozzie Smith, in some of the fun. Maestro Slatkin&rsquos ties to our city began with his father, Felix Slatkin, who was born in St. Louis and served as an Assistant Concertmaster in the St. Louis Symphony in the 1930s. Leonard Slatkin has garnered much positive attention for the city, including his role as the St. Louis Symphony&rsquos Music Director on their first European tour in 1982, which garnered rave reviews. VIP packages for the event are available and include valet parking, pre-concert cocktails, post-concert dinner by Butler&rsquos Pantry, and a copy of Slatkin&rsquos book &ldquoLeading Tones in addition to the main concert program. Gala tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through their website.


Press Releases Archive

11/14/16 – NFL Football Player and Food Bank Get Turkey Onto the Tables of Hometown Families in Need
Tavon Wilson, safety for the Detroit Lions, and his family will deliver Thanksgiving turkeys and other holiday foods in his hometown neighborhood of Deanwood in Washington, DC.

11/3/16 – Food Bank Ups Efforts to Prevent Diabetes
The Capital Area Food Bank applauds Medicare for its decision to start paying to help prevent diabetes, and announced that it will put 2.5 million pounds of food, including fruits, vegetables, and protein, into its programs for senior citizens across the region.

8/11/16 – CAFB Provides Relief After Gas Explosion
In the aftermath of an explosion that injured several and displaced almost one hundred people from their homes, the Capital Area Food Bank delivered food and hope to victims of an explosion in Silver Spring today.

8/8/16 – Food Bank, BrightFarms, and Giant Fighting Hunger Through Supply Chain Innovation
BrightFarms, a startup creating the first national brand of local produce, has begun donating greens directly to the Capital Area Food Bank through a partnership brokered by Giant Food, the exclusive regional retailer of BrightFarms’ products.

8/5/16 – Bright Farms Partners with CAFB to Nourish Washington Area
BrightFarms, a startup creating the first national brand of local produce, will donate 24 pallets of fresh arugula, spring mix and lettuce greens to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), on Friday, August 5th.

8/4/16 – Capital Area Food Bank Receives $25,000 Grant From Hunger Is to Fight Childhood Hunger
The $25,000 Hunger Is grant will go towards feeding children in the local community living in households that struggle to provide sufficient healthy meals, including supporting daily breakfast. The grant will allow the CAFB to include breakfast foods in the weekend bags it sends home weekly with about 460 children at 10 partner sites across Northern Virginia.

8/1/16 – Capital Area Food Bank received $350,000 from Our Family Foundation by Giant Food
The Capital Area Food Bank recently received a $350,000 grant from Our Family Foundation by Giant Food, LLC as part of their new three-year Fighting Child Hunger initiative to increase access to nutritious food for children in need of healthier diets.

7/18/16 – Food Bank Announces Cracks Down on Junk Food | Watch Videos Here
The Capital Area Food Bank will dramatically cut back on the junk food, full calorie soda, left-over holiday candy, and sheet cake it receives and distributes as part of a broader effort to improve its food supply, the organization announced today.
“With so many of those we serve struggling with diabetes or heart disease, we have a real moral imperative to improve our food stream,” said Nancy E. Roman, CEO of the CAFB. “And we can’t do it without our largest food donors.”

7/15/16 – Food Bank Announces Crackdown on Junk Food
The Capital Area Food Bank serves 12% of the region’s total population. Nearly half of those served by the food bank have high blood pressure or live with someone who does, and another quarter are diabetic or living with a diabetic. The CAFB is committed to providing a balanced offering of foods to those it reaches, contributing to community wellness.

7/12/16 – Tyson Foods, LULAC to Donate Truckload of Protein to Capital Area Food Bank
Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are donating a truckload of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. The food will go directly to helping feed the more than 700,000 Washington area residents who are at risk of hunger. The protein will be delivered to the food bank prior to the media event, which will take place at the 2016 LULAC National Convention & Exposition.

6/23/2016 – Thousands of Children to Receive Meals by Bus This Summer
Summer months mean hunger for a quarter of the children – over 45,000 boys and girls – living in Fairfax County, where regular school meals are no longer available. The Capital Area Food Bank and Shoppers® Food & Pharmacy are setting out to fix that by operating a mobile bus to get nutritious meals where they’re most needed.

6/7/2016 – America’s 24th Annual Giant Barbecue Battle Food & Music Festival Officially Kicks Off Summer in the Nation’s Capital
In 2016, military chefs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will participate in a special cook-off to benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington and the Capital Area Food Bank. The event has raised over 1.7 million dollars in past years for these and other District charities.

6/1/2016 – CAFB Announces Summer Meals for MD Children-Open Sites 2016
Summer is a hard time for children who rely on school meals to receive the balanced nutrition they need to thrive. Continuing its commitment to providing access to good food in every community, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide free summer meals to children in Prince George’s County.

6/1/2016 – CAFB Announces Summer Meals for MD Children-Income Eligible Sites 2016
Summer is a hard time for children who rely on school meals to receive the balanced nutrition they need to thrive. Continuing its commitment to providing access to good food in every community, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide free summer meals to children in Prince George’s County.

5/13/2016 – Food Bank Partners with International Food Waste Activists to Shine Light on Food Waste Epidemic
Thousands of food waste warriors will join forces with the Capital Area Food Bank and others to highlight the growing problem of food waste at free events next week. The food bank is a leader in food waste reduction – of the 44 million pounds of food it distributed last year, 33 million was diverted from landfills. Next week, the CAFB will be joined by international leaders in urging the public to make a change in the American food system that reduces the 40% of food wasted annual in this country.

5/13/2016 – Capital Area Food Bank Announces Free Summer Meals Program for Children – Open Sites
Summer is a hard time for children who rely on school meals to receive the balanced nutrition they need to thrive. Continuing its commitment to providing access to good food in every community, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide free summer meals to children throughout the Washington metro area.

5/13/2016 – Capital Area Food Bank Announces Free Summer Meals Program for Children – Closed Sites
Summer is a hard time for children who rely on school meals to receive the balanced nutrition they need to thrive. Continuing its commitment to providing access to good food in every community, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide free summer meals to children throughout the Washington metro area.

5/6/2016 – DC Mayor and Lawyers Kickoff Food Bank’s Food From the Bar Campaign to Take on Hunger
What does DC have more of: lawyers, or hungry children? The latter, and DC lawyers are stepping up in force to do something about it.

4/19/2016 – 70+ of Food and Agriculture’s Leading Experts to Speak at Upcoming Two-Day Summit
Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com), in partnership with American University, will hold a two-day summit, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 9AM-5PM. The Summit will take place at the Greenberg Theatre.

3/21/2016 – Giant Food to make spring ham donation to Capital Area Food Bank
Giant Food of Landover, Md. will donate 200 hams to the Capital Area Food Bank Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. This is part of Giant’s contributions to five area Feeding America food banks for a total of 1,000 hams provided to help alleviate hunger across the Mid-Atlantic region.

3/21/2016 – DC Mayor and Lawyers Join FoodBank to Take on Hunger
Things are already looking brighter for the 700,000 men, women, and families in need of food in our area: Mayor Muriel Bowser, dozens of DC-area law firms, and the National Law Journal have partnered to raise food, funds and awareness about hunger in the region.

3/15/2016 – Capital Area Food Bank Tapped to Deliver Clean Water to Flint, Michigan
The region’s largest hunger organization is helping to send a train shipment of water to Flint, Michigan to help struggling residents. The Capital Area Food Bank will partner with other quick-response community leaders to fill an Amtrak train bound for Flint with bottled water for those impacted by the public health crisis there.

2/5/2016 – BrightFarms + Capital Area Food Bank Team Up to Provide Thousands of Pounds of Fresh, Local Greens to DC Residents
BrightFarms, a startup revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain by creating the first national brand of local produce, today announced it will donate 5,000 pounds of fresh, local greens to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), on February 9.

11/12/2015 – Giant Food to Donate 1,000 Turkeys to Capital Area Food Bank
Giant Food of Landover, Md. will deliver 1,000 turkeys to the Capital Area Food Bank on Thursday, November 19, providing the centerpiece of Thanksgiving meals for local families and community members in need. This contribution is one of Giant’s five turkey donations to Feeding America food banks across the Mid-Atlantic region this Thanksgiving. Giant will also donate 1,000 turkeys, respectively, to the Food Bank of Delaware, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

10/21/2015 – Empty Bowls Event Tour Commences in Dupont Circle
Local pottery artists, businesses, restaurants and people who care about universal access to healthy food will kick off the Capital Area Food Bank’s lunchtime event series Empty Bowls October 21, 2015.

9/23/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Host Free Food Market for Manassas Park City School Children and their Families
The Capital Area Food Bank and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will unveil an innovative food distribution model to serve the low income children of the Manassas Park School District and their families for the 2015-2016 academic year on September 24, 2015. The Capital Area Food Bank uses a “Family Market” model that combines food distribution with parent-teacher interactions and nutrition education. Each family takes between 28 and 30 pounds of non-perishable food and fresh produce during a market day. The families learn how to prepare their food through cooking demonstrations, recipe cards in Spanish and English, and are exposed to new and innovative technologies like a green smoothie bike to make the experience fun for all ages.

9/22/2015 – What Would Francis Do?
Hunger doesn’t take a break, not even for the Pope. Even though the Capital Area Food Bank’s DC headquarters is located blocks away from where Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass, the so-called “Francis effect” has taken hold: the largest hunger non-profit in the area has found a way to keep food flow uninterrupted during the events at Catholic University.

9/7/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Unlocks its Hunger Heat Map for Public Use
The Washington metro area’s window into the community’s hunger problem was just opened much wider. The Capital Area Food Bank announced today that it will make public its proprietary Hunger Heat Map – touted by the Washington Post as “the technology that could revolutionize the war on hunger.”

9/1/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Inaugural NOVA Hunger Action Expo
The Capital Area Food Bank is kicking off September, Hunger Action Month, by inviting elected officials from the Commonwealth of Virginia to spend time volunteering at the CAFB’s Lorton, VA facility on September 1. Civil servants will pack and sort food for the CAFB’s Senior Brown Bag Program, which provides healthy groceries to over 3,500 seniors per month. Attendees will also get a tutorial on the food bank’s Hunger Heat Map, which is used to shed light on pockets of unmet need in the DC suburbs, and experience the Face Hunger™ workshop

7/13/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank is Participating in the MD Free Summer Meals Program
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children throughout the Washington metro area. The Summer Food Service Program , for which the food bank will be an acting program sponsor, is funded by the US Deptment of Agriculture.

7/13/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank is Participating in the MD Free Summer Meals Program
Children who are part of households that receive Food Supplement Program or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meals. (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program.)

6/24/2015 – PricewaterhouseCoopers Helps Capital Area Food Bank Provide 80,000 Meals to Children in Need
Nearly 200 PricewaterhouseCoopers’ employees gathered at the Tyson’s Corner Marriott on Friday, June 19 to pack 10,000 bags for the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag program, which provides bags of healthy groceries to children in need over the weekend.

6/18/2015 – SHOPPERS, Capital Area Food Bank to Launch Mobile Feeding Bus for Children in Need
To address this growing need, Shoppers® Food & Pharmacy, a trusted local grocer in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, along with the Capital Area Food Bank will unveil an innovative new mobile feeding program this Monday, June 22, at the Signal Hill Shoppers store in Manassas, Virginia.

6/9/2015 – Local Legal Community Exceeds Fundraising Goal in Food From the Bar Campaign to Fight Hunger for the Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank today announced the final amount raised through the Washington legal community’s annual fundraising campaign, Food From The Bar, in partnership with over 45 local law firms, law schools, and other legal professionals. The month-long campaign, in partnership with The National Law Journal, raised $260,000 to help the Food Bank reach those at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area this summer.

5/22/2015 – Wegmans Alexandria to Deliver Over 15,000 Pounds of Food to the Capital Area Food Bank
Wegmans Food Markets will deliver a truckload of 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM. The delivery will take place at the CAFB’s Northern Virginia location and is the first donation from Wegmans’ new Alexandria store, which opens June 14.

5/20/2015 – Open and Open Restricted D.C. Free Summer Meals Program Sites
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children throughout the Washington metro area. The Summer Food Service Program , for which the food bank will be an acting program sponsor, is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge.

5/20/2015 – Closed Enrolled D.C. Free Summer Meals Program Sites
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children throughout the Washington metro area. The Summer Food Service Program, for which the food bank will be an acting program sponsor, is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge.

5/8/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Mourns the Loss of Hannah Hawkins
The Capital Area Food Bank expresses deep regret for the loss of Hannah Hawkins, Founder and Executive Director of Children of Mine Youth Center, Inc. Ms. Hawkins served on the board of the CAFB from 2008 through 2015.

5/5/2015 – Busboys & Poets Founder Andy Shallal Joins Washington Area’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization to Mobilize Next Generation
Policy makers, business leaders and over 350 community leaders from soup kitchens, food pantries and other non-profit service providers will gather Friday, May 15 at 8:00 am for the Capital Area Food Bank’s annual Hunger Summit to discuss Hunger and the Next Generation.

4/28/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Launches Campaign-Wide Kickoff With DC Law Community and National Law Journal to Fight Hunger Locally
Dozens of law firms are competing in the annual Food From The Bar campaign to raise the most funds and food for the Capital Area Food Bank. The legal community has set the ambitious goal of raising $200,000 (the equivalent of 500,000 meals) to help the food bank help those at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area.

4/27/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Receives $1 Million Donation to Distribute More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Washington, DC, April 27 – Bill Conway, Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, announced a $1 million donation to the Capital Area Food Bank yesterday, citing the organization’s commitment to health and wellness.

4/24/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Receives $20,000 Grant from Hunger Is to Fight Childhood Hunger
Hunger Is, a joint charitable campaign of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, helps CAFB address hunger in Washington metro area

4/24/2015 – Washington Metro Area’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization Announces Budget Increases for Senior Food Programs
The Capital Area Food Bank today announced expansion plans for its three senior hunger programs: Grocery Plus (aka the Commodity Supplemental Food Program), the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Brown Bag Program.

4/8/2015 – Baltimore Ravens John Urschel Joins Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Representatives from Capital Area Food Bank and Maryland Food Bank to Kick Off the Great American Milk Drive
The Great American Milk Drive Makes it Easy for Shoppers to Give a Gallon of Nutrient-Rich Milk to Local Food Banks While Visiting Local Shoppers Locations

4/2/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Applauds Mayor Bowser for Committment to Nutritious Food for DC Residents
The Capital Area Food Bank applauds and thanks Mayor Bowser and her administration for their commitment to the health of DC residents. Creating access to healthy foods and opportunities for nutrition education in areas where food options are limited is critical to alleviating hunger and improving health behaviors and practices. Solving hunger underpins health, education and employment: the building blocks of our city. The Capital Area Food Bank looks forward to supporting the Mayor’s commitment by continuing to provide nutritious food to children, families, and food insecure individuals throughout Washington, DC.

3/25/2015 – Custom Fit to Solve Hunger
The Capital Area Food Bank’s 12th Annual Blue Jeans Ball strengthens the community to solving hunger on a night featuring fashionable denim and the Washington metro area’s top restaurants.

3/20/2015 – Smithfield Foods and THEALUMRUN™ Team Up with Capital Area Food Bank to Fight Hunger in the Washington Metro Region
THEALUMRUN™, the premier national road race series focused on college and university alumni, students and sports fans, debuts in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2015 with runners from over 150 schools. The day before the race, however, prospective runners from rival schools will come together as friends to help fight hunger in the Washington metro region.

2/27/2015 – Local Law Schools to Join Fight Against Hunger in Volunteer Service Day Competition
Law school students in the District will take a break from the classroom to volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank as part of the Food From the Bar campaign, which collects food and funds for more than half a million children, families and seniors at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area. To get an early start on the competition, students will participate in a volunteer service day at the CAFB’s Northeast Washington facility. Activities will include packing and sorting food for the food bank’s child hunger programs and Face Hunger, an interactive workshop that educates groups about hunger and its many causes.

2/27/2015 – Empty Bowls Debuts in Northern Virginia
The Empty Bowls Springfield event brings together artists, local restaurants and the community to help tackle the issue of hunger in the Washington metro region. For a minimum donation of $25, guests will savor delicious soups and breads from the areas hottest restaurants and leave with unique, handcrafted bowls donated by local artists. Guests keep their bowls as a reminder of how they helped fill empty bowls in the community. All proceeds from the sale of the art bowls go directly to the CAFB.

2/26/2015 – Attorney General Mark Herring to host lunchtime rally for Northern Virginia attorneys participating in the 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will convene attorneys across Northern Virginia at Reed Smith LLP to kick off the 9th annual Legal Food Frenzy, a campaign that raises food and funds for the Capital Area Food Bank. The campaign runs from March 30, 2015 through April 10, 2015 and rallies the community together to help tackle the issue of local hunger.

2/10/2015 – Empty Bowls Invades Bethesda – Capital Area Food Bank Expands Popular Event Featuring Hand-Crafted Bowls and Soups from Areas Hippest Restaurants
A very cool collision of area potters, Bethesda Businesses, local restaurants and people who care about hunger. The Empty Bowls Bethesda lunch event brings together artists, local restaurants and the community to help tackle the issue of hunger in the Washington metro region. For a minimum donation of $25, guests will savor delicious soups and breads from the areas hottest restaurants and leave with unique, handcrafted bowls donated by local artists. Guests keep their bowls as a reminder of how they helped fill empty bowls in the community.

2/9/2015 – Capital Area Food Bank Partners with Legal Community to Take on Hunger and Nutrition
Dozens of firms are leading the charge in raising food, funds and contributing to the cutting edge discussion on hunger in the region as citizens wake up to the fact that hunger is not only a symptom of poverty, but a leading cause of it, and is also driving health care costs through the ceiling.

1/15/2015 – Mayor Bowser Proclaims January 15 Capital Area Food Bank Day as Organization Marks 35 Years of Service
The Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metro region’s hub for food distribution and nutrition education, will mark its 35th anniversary January 15 as more than 540,000 people – 12 percent of the area’s population – turn to its food assistance partners to feed themselves and their families. The need continues to grow the CAFB’s Hunger Lifeline, an emergency food referral service, has seen a 57 percent increase in calls in just the last year alone.

12/11/2014 – Star of TLC’s Hit Show Breaking Amish to Help Nourish Residents in Need
Kate Stoltz of TLC’s hit show BREAKING AMISH will join a select group of DC area residents at the Capital Area Food Bank on Thursday, December 11 for a day of community service – sorting and packing food to help families facing hunger this holiday season. The volunteers – winners of a TLC sweepstakes and their guests – will join Kate for a three-hour work session dedicated to packing food fro the more than 540,000 families, children and seniors who seek food assistance from the Capital Area Food Bank’s network of 500 partner agencies across the Washington metro area.

12/10/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank’s New Partnership with Rideshare Company Makes Donating Food During the Holidays Uber-easy
The Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger organization, has partnered with Uber, the rising ridesharing company, to help get food to children, seniors and families during the holiday rush.

10/24/2014 – Wizards Players & Military Personnel to Volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank
As part of NBA Cares and the league’s commitment to service, Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, players Dejuan Blair, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, Glen Rice, Garrett Temple and Martell Webster will be joined by military personnel, Wizard Girls, G-Wiz and local students from Browne Educational Campus to help pack bags for the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag Program, which ensures that nearly 2,000 children have food to eat over the weekend when they don’t have access to school meals.

10/20/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank Participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children and adults throughout the Washington metro area. The Child and Adult Care Food Program, for which the food bank will be an acting program sponsor, is funded by the US Deptment of Agriculture.

10/2/2014 – LULAC and Tyson Foods Partner to Donate Truckloads of Protein to the Capital Area Food Bank
In the month of October, Tyson Foods and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are partnering together to donate five truckloads of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank and four other food banks in California, New York, Texas and Florida.

9/26/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Northern Virginia Hunger Summit
The Capital Area Food Bank is hosting its 11th Annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit that will highlight the food bank’s commitment to health and wellness as among its primary strategic goals. The summit will convene food experts and practitioners to identify best practices and barriers for individuals who want to take control of their health through home cooking. Attendees will then be treated to a live cook-off, featuring four local chefs competing to make the tastiest meal using CAFB ingredients.

9/15/2014 – The Capital Area Food Bank Teams With Walmart, Feeding America to “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.”
The public can help the Capital Area Food Bank win a $60,000 grant from Walmart as part of “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” a nationwide campaign that launched today at food banks across the country. The initiative will provide a total of $3.7 million to Feeding America and participating food banks that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance.

8/18/2014 – More Than Half a Million People Turn to Capital Area Food Bank to Make Ends Meet
More than 530,700 people in the Washington Metro region, 12 percent of the area’s population, turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a new study released today by the Capital Area Food Bank and Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014 is the largest and most comprehensive study of people seeking food assistance in the United States ever conducted.

7/7/2014 – Washington Nationals to Visit the Capital Area Food Bank
Pitchers Jerry Blevins and Craig Stammen will team up with children from Jubilee Housing Teen Renaissance to participate in CAFB’s Kids Cafe to prepare healthy snacks that can be enjoyed while watching a baseball game. The Kids Cafe program provides free, healthy meals and snacks to more than 2,000 children and teens daily after school and over the summer at nearly 90 locations in the Washington metro area.

6/27/2014 – Super Bowl 44 Champion Usama Young Returns Home to Help Nourish Residents in Need
Oakland Raiders Safety Usama Young will volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northeast Washington food distribution center to help pack and sort food, and assemble windowsill herb gardens that will be distributed at CAFB Family Markets – monthly school-based food pantries that feed over 2,000 families.

5/30/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank is Participating in the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program – Open and Open Restricted Sites
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank today announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children throughout the Washington metro area. The Summer Food Service Program, for which the food bank will be an acting program sponsor, is funded by the US Department of Agriculture.

5/30/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank is Participating in the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program – Closed Enrolled Sites
Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

5/30/2014 – Women, Children Not Admitted into Commodity Supplemental Food Program as Required by Federal Regulations
The Capital Area Food Bank will no longer be able to admit women and children into the USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides free packaged groceries to eligible participants monthly.

5/12/2014 – Washington Mystics Take Game off the Court to Help Address Hunger
As part of the team’s continuing efforts to support communities around the D.C. area, Washington Mystics players will volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northeast Washington facility on Monday, May 12.

4/13/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank’s 11th Annual Blue Jeans Ball Features Hunger Relief and Fashionable Denim
Hundreds of the area’s committed leaders and residents are coming together to support the effort to end hunger in our community.

4/1/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank Launches Annual Food From the Bar Campaign in Partnership with Local Law Firms
The Capital Area Food Bank today announced the launch of Food From The Bar, the Washington legal community’s annual fundraising campaign, with the ambitious goal of raising $200,000 to help the food bank reach those at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area.

3/7/2014 – Peanut Butter Donation to Capital Area Food Bank of Northern Virginia Honors National Peanut Month
In honor of March being National Peanut Month, the Virginia Peanut Board and Virginia Peanut Growers Association are teaming with PLANTERS, a Kraft Foods brand, and Peanut Proud to contribute peanut butter to the Capital Area Food Bank’s food distribution center in Virginia and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

3/4/2014 – Tyson Foods to Donate 30,000 Pounds of Protein to Capital Area Food Bank
The donation is part of Champion for Kids’ “Be a Hunger Hero” campaign, a partnership between Champions for Kids and Tyson Foods that aims to fight childhood hunger by providing much-needed protein to families in need.

2/27/2014 – Spring Forward Food Drive benefits those served by the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank with support from AARP will receive food for distribution to its 500 partner agencies from the 27th annual Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward Food Drive to be held March 1 – 9.

1/9/2014 – Capital Area Food Bank Wins Morgan Stanley Award to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to Children and Families
The Capital Area Food Bank today announced a $50,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its Family Markets Program, a child hunger initiative that helps to ensure that low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.

11/5/13 – Results Gym Helps Zero Out Hunger with Zumba Fundraiser
Results Gym on Capitol Hill will open its doors to the public from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Nov. 16 and host Zumba to Zero Out Hunger, a one-hour dance-fitness class to raise money and awareness for the Capital Area Food Bank.

11/5/13 – Capital One Bank Helps D.C. Residents Get More for Their Money This Week at Area Food Trucks
To help consumers get more for their money, Capital One Bank is offering extras with people’s lunch purchases all week at three D.C.-area food trucks. Starting Tuesday, November 5 and running through Thursday, November 7, foodies can upgrade their lunchtime meal or snack.

10/24/13 – Howard G. Buffet Foundation Awards $190,000 Grant to Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank today was awarded a $190,000 grant by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private family foundation working to improve standards of living and the quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations.

10/16/13 – Capital Area Food Bank is Ramping Up to Meet Increased Demand for Food
The Capital Area Food Bank is calling on area businesses, individuals and foundations to help it ramp up its food supply in the event that the government shutdown continues.

10/9/13 – Capital Area Food Bank Awarded LEED Silver Designation
Turner Construction Company, Engineering News-Record’s leading Green Contractor, received notice that the recently completed Capital Area Food Bank achieved LEED-NC Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council.

10/7/13 – Capital Area Food Bank Calls on Furloughed Workers to Volunteer
Nancy Roman, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, today welcomed any furloughed federal employee who is able to volunteer, to visit one of the two food bank locations in the Washington metro area and spend some time sorting donated food and packing weekend bags.

9/27/13 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Northern Virginia Hunger Summit, Panel Discussion on Food Waste
The Capital Area Food Bank hosted its 10th Annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit, which highlighted the food bank’s commitment to identifying internal food waste reducation and external food waste reallocation among its primary strategic goals.

9/23/13 – Hunger Action Month Ends with Official Weigh-in
The Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration gathered at the Capital Area Food Bank and three Maryland Food Bank locations for an official weigh-in of food donations collected during Hunger Action Month 2013.

9/21/13 – Pack the Pantries Food Drives to Benefit the Capital Area Food Bank
“Day to Serve” is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Volunteers at two locations packed 1,300 emergency food boxes for distribution by the Capital Area Food Bank.

9/20/13 – Rent-A-Center Donates $20,000 and 10 Freezers to Capital Area Food Bank
Rent-A-Center donated $20,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank, in addition to 10 freezers which will be distributed to CAFB partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank is one of eleven food banks across the nation that is benefiting from $250,000 of Rent-A-Center funding for hunger relief this year. In support of Hunger Action Month this September, Rent-A-Center is also conducting a grassroots virtual hunger-relief campaign that encourages teh collection of cash donations at its 3,000-plus stores. The funds from this “Soup to Nuts” campaign will be distributed to food banks in the U.S. at the end of September.

8/28/13 – September is Hunger Action Month
The Capital Area Food Bank will join with civic and business leaders from the Washington metro area, and hunger advocates across the country this September to raise awareness of the issue of hunger affecting more than 50 million people in the US and 700,000 here in the nation’s capital and surrounding region.

7/17/13 – NFL Hometown Heroes Return Home to Help Nourish Residents in Need
Washington Redskins Josh Morgan and New York Giants Marvin Austin volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank.

7/9/13 – Bank of America Student Leaders Support DC Community by Volunteering at Capital Area Food Bank
The 200 participating students are part of a national program through which Bank of America recognizes high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving their own local communities.

7/8/13 – Skip Lunch, Feed a Bunch
The Capital Area Food Bank will host its annual Skip Lunch, Feed a Bunch campaign, in which individuals team up to donate what they would normally spend on lunch and compete to be the highest contributing team.

6/20/13 – Oakland Raiders Safety Volunteers at the Capital Area Food Bank
Superbowl 44 Champion Usama Young returns home to help nourish residents in need.

6/11/13 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Fifth Annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive Kick Off
This year’s campaign will be sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.

5/21/13 – Capital Area Food Bank Participates in Summer Food Service Program Funded by the US Department of Agriculture
Following a long tradition, the Capital Area Food Bank’s Food for Kids Department today announced that it will once again provide a feeding program to children throughout the Washington metro area.

5/21/13 – Food Lion Sponsors Food Distribution at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, MD
Food Lion donated $5,000 in food donations and gift cards to the Capital Area Food Bank’s mobile pantry site at Gwynn Park High School. The donations helped to feed 200 local families.

4/3/13 – Darden Supports More than 850 Nonprofits Across the Country Through its Restaurant Community Grants Program
The Capital Area Food Bank receives a $23,000 grant from 23 restaurants across the Washington metro area.

4/3/13 – DC Fitness Studio Adds Class to Benefit Local Food Bank
The Body You Want Fitness Solutions has added a metabolic acceleration class to its Sunday schedule. And instead of charging for the class, participants are asked to bring food for the Capital Area Food Bank.

3/28/13 – Peter Ackerman joins the Capital Area Food Bank’s Board of Directors
Ackerman is the founding investor of FreshDirect, the largest online grocer in the nation.

3/20/13 – The Easter Bunny Makes an Early Delivery to the Capital Area Food Bank
Sauder Eggs is helping in the struggle against hunger by donating more than 280,000 eggs to the Capital Area Food Bank.

2/21/13 – HoneyBaked Donates 10,000 Meals to Washington Metro Area Residents
HoneyBaked will donate 4,000 pounds of ham, equivalent to 10,000 meals, to the Capital Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America®.

1/31/13 – Safeway Invites Customers to “Round Up” Hunger in Our Community Throughout February
Safeway is again out to prove that a little change can go a long way to help neighbors in need with its annual Round Up Hunger campaign.

1/9/13 – Nancy E. Roman Succeeds Lynn Brantley as President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank
Nancy E. Roman, formerly a senior executive with the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), is the Capital Area Food Bank’s new President and CEO. She succeeds Lynn Brantley who retired at the end of 2012, after leading the hunger relief efforts in the Washington metro area since 1980.

12/13/12 – Rent-A-Center Matches $5,000 Gift from Anonymous Donor Earmarked for Freezers to Capital Area Food Bank, Partner Agencies
In a generous move, Rent-A-Center recently matched a $5000 donation from an anonymous donor and will deliver 35 new Kenmore freezers to the Capital Area Food Bank and 13 of its partner agencies.

12/4/12 – FedEx to Deliver Fresh Produce to Local Children in Need
There are 200,000 children at risk of hunger in the Washington metro region. To ensure that children have access to nutritious meals, the Capital Area Food Bank offers numerous programs such as Kids Cafe and the Weekend Bag Program, which provide children with food when they don’t have access to school meals.

11/28/12 – America’s Egg Farmers and SUBWAY® Restaurants Feed the Hungry
To help feed those in need, America’s egg farmers and SUBWAY® Restaurants in Washington, DC teamed up to donate 75,000 eggs to Capital Area Food Bank and bring a hot egg breakfast to food bank volunteers today.

11/26/12 – Lynn Brantley Retires After 32 Years of Leading the Capital Area Food Bank
Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank and the leader of hunger relief efforts in the Washington metro area since 1980, today announced she will be retiring at the end of this year.

11/21/12 – President Obama and Family Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank Day Before Thanksgiving
For the second year in a row, President and Mrs. Obama, their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and other family members and friends packed bags filled with holiday food and distributed them to over 100 children and seniors from throughout the region who visited the Capital Area Food Bank the day before Thanksgiving.

11/20/12 – William and Joanne Conway Donate $1 Million to Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank has received a $1 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. William E. Conway, Jr. through their charitable trust, The Bedford Falls Foundation, to ensure that partner agencies do not have to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables.

10/24/12 – Capital Area Food Bank Announces Healthy Food Initiative on Second Annual Food Day
The Capital Area Food Bank will announce its commitment to healthy food on the second annual Food Day, a nationwide initiative designated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

10/24/12 – Capital Area Food Bank Celebrates Second Annual Food Day
The Capital Area Food Bank will commemorate the second annual Food Day, a nationwide initiative created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

10/17/12 – The Capital Area Food Bank Challenges Community To Help End Hunger One Bowl At A Time
The Capital Area Food Bank will host its 5th Annual Empty Bowls event, a one-day fundraiser designed to shed light on the issue of hunger, in response to record numbers of residents in need throughout the Washington metro region. For a minimum donation of $25, guests will savor delicious soups and breads and leave with handcrafted bowls donated by local artists.

10/11/12 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Open House To Commemorate Move To New Facility
Capital Area Food Bank will host an Open House to commemorate the move on July 31 to its new 123,000 square foot Bedford Falls Foundation Distribution Center at 4900 Puerto Rico Ave., NE. The event is expected to attract 400 guests, including CAFB Partner Agencies, Board members, donors, friends and staff.

9/28/12 – Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit
The Capital Area Food Bank’s Partner Relations Department is hosting its 9th annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit which will help partner agencies and other organizations explore creative ways to respond to the increased demand for emergency food assistance in the Washington metro area.

9/27/12 – Magnoodles Pasta Makes Generous Donation to Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank will receive a generous donation from Magnoodles Pasta of more than 23,000 servings of multi-grain, vegetable-based pasta to feed local families struggling with hunger. Chef George Hirsch will lead a cooking demonatration for approximately 40 local children that will show them how to make a healthy meal with Magnoodles Pasta and food bank ingredients.

9/19/12 – Capital Area Food Bank Breaks Ground on Urban Demonstration Garden
Ground-breaking for the CAFB’s new 28,000 sq. ft. Urban Demonstration Garden located at the north side of the new food distribution center which will provide food growing and environmental educational opportunities for CAFB staff, partner agencies and the community

7/23/12 – Govenor O’Malley Declares September 19 Official Day to Help End Hunger
In honor of September’s National Hunger Action Month, Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, September 19 as “ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.” To recognize this special day, local dignitaries will help bag hunger at the ShopRite in White Oak to raise awareness and funds for food banks in their community.

8/17/12 – Canned Food Drive Takes New Shape with Canstruction® Design Competition
Twenty-two teams representing architecture and engineering firms throughout the DC Metro area will gather at the National Building Museum on September 1st to assemble their own works of edible architecture for Canstruction®.

8/16/12 – White House Chef Sam Kass Joins Grocery Retailer Save-A-Lot To Donate $2,500 and 55,000 School Supplies to the Capital Area Food Bank
White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass will join Save-A-Lot, one of the nation’s leading hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chains, on Thursday, Aug. 16, to donate $2,500 and 55,000 school supplies to the Capital Area Food Bank as part of Save-A-Lot’s 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip program.

7/23/12 – Capital Area Food Bank’s Distribution Capacity Will Double in New Facility
The Capital Area Food Bank is responding to the growing hunger crisis facing the Washington metro area by moving to a larger, newly-constructed food distribution center in Northeast DC that will enable it to double its food storage and distribution capacity over time and foster healthy eating.

6/21/12 – Smithfield and UFCW donate 30,000 pounds of protein to CAFB
With food banks and non-profits facing record requests for services, sourcing and providing protein is often a challenge. To help meet the high demands, Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will donate 30,000 pounds of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank.

6/21/12 – Super Bowl 44 Champ Usama Young Volunteers at CAFB
Super Bowl 44 Champion and Cleveland Browns Free Safety Usama Young will volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northeast facility to help pack and sort bags for the organization’s Weekend Bag Program, a service that provides 1000 children weekly with bags of food when they do not have access to school meals.

6/19/12 – Washington Nationals to Visit Capital Area Food Bank
As part of the team’s continuing efforts to support communities around the D.C. area, Washington Nationals players will make their annual visit to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) on Wednesday, June 20.

6/17/12 – Summer Fancy Food Show Announces Donation to Capital Area Food Bank Specialty Food Companies to Help Provide 115,000 Meals
Exhibitors at the Summer Fancy Food Show plan to donate more than 100,000 pounds of specialty foods and beverages to the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metropolitan area’s largest hunger relief organization.

6/13/12 – Land O’Lakes Donates 40000 Pounds of Cheese to the Capital Area Food Bank
Land O’Lakes, Inc. today donated 40,000 pounds of LAND O’ LAKES® American Cheese in five-pound loaves to the Capital Area Food Bank. The donation is part of Land O’Lakes First Run Program, a program dedicated to helping alleviate hunger locally, nationally and internationally.

5/30/12 – John Huffman Joins CAFB’s Board of Directors
The Capital Area Food Bank’s Board of Directors confirmed the appointment of John U. Huffman to the board for an initial three-year term.

5/12/12 – Nation’s Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger by Collecting Donations for Food Banks in Communities Across the Country
Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest single-day food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. On Saturday May 12, letter carriers across the country will be collecting non-perishable food donations left by residents outside mailboxes and inside post offices as part of the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

5/3/12 – CAFB Appoints New Board member John P. Hynes Jr.
At its recent annual meeting, the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metro region’s largest nonprofit hunger relief organization, confirmed the appointment of John P. Hynes Jr. to serve as a board member for an initial three year term.

5/1/12 – Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards $1,000 grant to the CAFB
The Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, VA has been awarded a $1,000 grant in the Beautification and Community Greening Category. The KVB grant program focuses greater resources and attention on organizations and individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education.

4/27/12 – Rising Food Prices and High Unemployment Undermine the Food Security of Those in Need
Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released “Map the Meal Gap 2012,” which provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level.

4/25/12 – The Capital Area Food Bank’s 9th Annual Blue Jeans Ball Raised Record Funds for Residents in Need
More than 900 denim-clad guests gathered at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Sunday for the Capital Area Food Bank’s 9th Annual Blue Jeans Ball, and helped raise $416,000 for residents struggling with hunger in the Washington metro area, exceeding last year’s total by $100,000.

4/20/12 – CAFB Hosts 32nd Annual Metro Area Hunger Conference
The Capital Area Food Bank’s 32nd annual Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference will feature key speakers and workshops providing fundamental skills and knowledge needed to operate effective and efficient feeding programs.

4/18/12 – Walmart Donates New Truck to Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank will be able to provide approximately 200,000 additional meals every month to Washington D.C. families with its new mobile food pantry truck donated by Walmart earlier in the year and officially unveiled on April 18.

3/28/12 – Farmers Donate 274,000 Eggs to CAFB
Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and across America are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in eight Americans will receive help in 2012 from local food banks. And among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein. To help, Sauder Eggs is donating a truckload of eggs (274,000 eggs) to the Capital Area Food Bank.

12/8/11 – PR Agencies Raise Food and Funds for CAFB
Area public relations agencies Edelman, Hill & Knowlton, Ketchum, Fleishman-Hillard and Ogilvy hosted a food drive challenge to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Firms challenge each other to donate the most goods per capita, assigning point values to CAFB’s most wanted list of goods. This is the fourth year of the food drive competition.

11/23/11 – President Obama and Family Volunteer at CAFB
When a group of low-income seniors and children from throughout the region visited the Capital Area Food Bank the day before Thanksgiving, they were stunned and delighted to find President and Mrs. Obama and member of their extended family packing and distributing bags filled with special
holiday food.

11/17/11 – Capitals Defenseman John Carlson Volunteers at CAFB
The Washington Capitals, Volkswagen, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3 and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to host a canned food drive at the Caps game Wednesday, Nov. 23, against the Winnipeg Jets.

11/14/11 – ShopRite Hosts Bowling Invitational Supporting Turkey Donation
In honor of ShopRite Partners In Caring’s Annual Turkey Donation, representatives from Baltimore and Washington D.C. have been invited to participate in ShopRite Partners In Caring’s first annual Maryland Turkey Bowling Invitational.

11/12/11 – Local Scout Council, CAFB, WUSA9-TV, Safeway and The Washington Examiner team up and launch 25th annual food drive to help end hunger
With area food demand up 25 percent, Boy Scouts today traveled 16 counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia to collect bags full of food that will help nourish the area’s hungry.

10/19/11 – CAFB Hosts Empty Bowls
The Capital Area Food Bank is responding to a 25 percent increase in the demand for food assistance by hosting its 4th Annual Empty Bowls – a one-day fundraiser designed to shed light on the issue of hunger.

10/12/11 – CAFB hosts community screening of Sesame Street special dealing with hunger in America
Screening features portions of Sesame Street’s primetime special featuring Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley and the Muppets.

9/30/11 – CAFB sponsors Northern Virginia Hunger Summit
The summit at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria will provide CAFB partner agencies with practical training on how to advocate on behalf of their clients a and their programs.

9/13/11 – Brad Paisley, WMZQ and Live Nation ask fans to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank at Sept. 24 concert at Jiffy Lube Live
With food bank shelves critically low and Washington area residents suffering from hunger, Brad Paisley will help the CAFB feed those in need.

8/23/11 – CAFB hosts topping out ceremony for Bedford Falls Foundation Distribution Center
The CAFB celebrates a milestone in the construction of its new 125,000 square foot food distribution center

7/6/11 – Washington Nationals volunteer at the CAFB and help pack bags for children in need.
Players from the Washington Nationals will make their annual visit to the CAFB as part of their continued efforts to address local hunger.

6/28/11 – CAFB Seeks Public Support as Region Faces Hunger Crisis
The Capital Area Food Bank is facing a 30 percent increase in transportation and food costs and is seeking $1 million in funding to reduce the costs that may have to be passed on to its 700 plus partner agencies. At issue is a potential shared maintenance fee of 10 cents a pound for fresh produce distributed to CAFB partner agencies, if the necessary funding is not found.

6/23/11 – Super Bowl Champion Usama Young Volunteers at CAFB
Super Bowl 44 Champion Usama Young will volunteer today at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northeast warehouse to help pack and sort bags for the organization’s Weekend Bag Program, a service that provides 1000 children weekly with bags of food when they do not have access to school meals.

6/15/11 – FedEx delivers fresh to area kids in need
FedEx continues support of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag Program brings three-year donation to $37,500.

5/26/11 – CAFB Hosts Feds Feeds Famlies Food Drive Kink-Off
During this national food drive occurring in June, July and August, federal employees deliver non-perishable produce to designated boxes within their agencies. The drive began two years ago when President Obama signed the Serve America Act and created “United We Serve,” calling on all Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by serving in their communities

5/10/11 – CAFB Partners with Letter Carriers Union on Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Mark McCaffrey, COO of the CAFB, announced that the food bank will partner regionally with the National Association of Letter Carriers Union on Stamp Out Hunger, the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

5/3/11 – CAFB Partners with DC Diaper Bank
The DC Diaper Bank will officially launch and invites the community to help get diapers to babies in need throughout the Washington metro region. The Capital Area Food Bank partnered with the DC Diaper Bank to meet an overwhelming need for young mothers who not only struggle daily to feed their children, but are unable in many instances to afford diapers for their young babies. The joint effort and strength of these two programs will serve and impact a vulnerable population in need of support.

4/29/11 – CAFB Hosts 31st Annual Metro Area Hunger Conference at Jericho City of Praise Church The conference features key speakers and workshops providing fundamental skills and knowledge need to operate effective and efficient feeding programs. Training includes: safe food handling, volunteer recruitment and management, budgeting, fundraising, and accounting.

3/24/11 – New Study Estimates $21.3 Billion Food Shortfall for Americans at Risk of Hunger
Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released a landmark study, “Map the Meal Gap,” providing insight for the first time about the number of meals missing from the tables of America’s hungry each year – an estimated 8.4 billion nationwide.

“We know that African Americans in this country struggle with hunger at a disproportionately high rate,” said Brian Banks, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach, Capitol Area Food Bank. “What this study does is help us focus our response to this overwhelming issue. With the first county-by-county data, we can tailor our response to each community.”

3/16/11 – Goya Foods Donates 75,000 Pounds of Food Through United Way of the National Capital Area
The Capital Area Food Bank hosted Goya Foods, UWNCA and 12 local food pantries at its warehouse where the food distribution and a cooking demonstration were held. Speakers included Bill Hanbury, President and CEO, UWNCA Luis Ramos, General Manager, Goya Virginia Lynn Brantley, President and CEO, and CAFB Mark Locraft, Executive Chef, Food & Friends.

3/10/11 – Capital Area Food Bank Selects TV Personality Paul Wharton as Ambassador against Hunger
With record numbers of Washington metro area residents struggling to get enough food to eat, the CAFB announced its partnership with TV Personality Paul Wharton, who participated in a cooking demonstration highlighting the CAFB’s economical $16 Bag program, that shows people how to eat healthily on a budget.

3/10/11 – National Survey on the Perceptions of Hunger Released at the National Press Club
Results of one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys ever conducted exclusively on attitudes and perceptions of hunger was released at a news conference at the National Press Club. The study was commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in collaboration with Tyson Foods, Inc. Speakers included: Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank James Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center John Tyson, Chairman, Tyson Foods, Inc. Sara Lilygren, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Guy Molyneaux, Hart Research Associates.

3/1/11 – Peace Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Capital Area Food Bank
Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams and Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and 100 Peace Corps staff members celebrate the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank.

2/8/2011 – Mayor Vincent C. Gray Chairs 8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball on April 10th
The Capital Area Food Bank’s 8th annual Blue Jeans Ball is a unique charitable event that encourages participants to dress in their most fashionable jeans and demonstrate their commitment to ending hunger in the Washington metro area. Participants will enjoy the area’s finest cuisine, dance to live entertainment and bid on live and silent auction items offering exceptional items and experiences.

1/11/2011 – STOMP on over to Safeway
Do you have any plans for Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm? Come out and join us at the Georgetown Safeway to view a special mini performance by some of the cast members of STOMP for a special version of STOMP Out Hunger benefitting the CAFB.

1/11/2011 – NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage Donates $10,000 to CAFB
NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S) today announced a donation of $10,000 to the CAFB to support the organization’s initiative of helping those in need.

1/5/2011 – Giant Food Announces Results of Recent Drives to Support Food Banks
“We are very grateful for Giant’s enormous support of the Capital Area Food Bank, helping alleviate hunger across the Washington metropolitan region. In 2010 alone, Giant donated more than 978,000 pounds of food which was distributed to our network of 700 food programs, enabling 752,375 meals to be provided to families struggling to put food on their table,” said Lynn Brantley, CAFB’s president and CEO.

12/23/2010 – Capital Area Food Bank Receives Victory Against Hunger Award
The Capital Area Food Bank has received a Victory Against Hunger award and an accompanying $1,000 grant from the Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Group in recognition of CAFB’s significant anti-hunger initiatives in the Washington metro area.

12/10/2010 – Food Network’s Paula Deen and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to Donate Hams to CAFB
The Capital Area Food Bank will be able to distribute 120,000 servings of protein to residents in need thanks to a generous donation to be delivered today from Smithfield, Food Network Star Paula Deen and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

12/7/2010 – Sesame Street Food for Thought Initiative
With one in two children under 18 in the District at risk of hunger, the Capital Area Food Bank today hosted Sesame Street’s nonprofit organization, Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget initiative.

11/22/2010 – New Food Distribution Center Will Double Food Aid to Those Struggling with Hunger
The Capital Area Food Bank, which last year distributed 27 million pounds of food to 700 partner agencies in the greater Washington area, announced today that it will begin construction by the end of the year on a new $37 million food distribution center

11/6/2010 – Food Glorious Food Art Show Benefits CAFB
Now in its sixth year, the Food Glorious Food art show and associated 2011 Calendar will be unveiled by the Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF) at Chevy Chase Pavilion on Wednesday, December 1 at a Calendar Launch Celebration & Silent Auction on the Terrace Level at Embassy Suites Hotel, from 6:30‐9:30pm.

10/8/2010 – America’s Egg Farmers and Subway Restaurants Feed the Hungry on World Egg Day
According to a recent study, more than 478,000 people are facing hunger in the Washington D.C. metro area 200,000 are children.

10/8/2010 – White House Chef Sam Kass, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan Help Bring Fresh Produce to DC Schools
With a national spotlight on child obesity, schoolchildren, White House Chef Sam Kass, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, the Capital Area Food Bank and community members across the District will celebrate D.C. Farm to School and D.C. School Garden Week October 12th through October 16th.

9/30/2010 – Tyson Foods Lends Helping Hand in Struggle Against Hunger
Tyson Foods donated 32,000 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank on Thursday, September 30th, in honor of their 10th Anniversary in the fight against hunger.

6/7/2010 – Feds Feed Families Launches Nationwide
On June 7, 2010, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry, Agency heads and Members of Congress will come together at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to kick off the second annual Feds Feed Families food drive.

5/6/2010 – Nationals Players Volunteer with CAFB’s Weekend Bag Program
Washington Nationals Players Alberto Gonzalez, Willie Harris, Wil Nieves and their wives- the First Ladies – will visit the Capital Area Food Bank on Thursday, May 6 in advance of the Nationals upcoming Food Drive.

2/2/2010 – Hunger in America 2010
Landmark new study reveals 25 percent increase in Washington metro area residents seeking emergency food assistance. Go to study

April 2009 – First Lady Celebrated First 100 Days Volunteering at Capital Area Food Bank
First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Capital Area Food Bank – a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network – on Wednesday to help pack bags for the food bank’s Weekend Bag Program, a service that provides 1000 children weekly with bags of food when they do not have access to school meals.

April 2009 – Weak Economy Compounds Hunger Problem in Washington Region, Food Banks Seeing Record Numbers
Food Banks across the National Capital Region are reporting record numbers of families, individuals and first-time visitors seeking food assistance in the wake of job losses and home foreclosures.

October 2008 – Breaking Ground, Building Hope … One Piece at a Time
The Capital Area Food Bank is breaking ground on a new facility that will help build a sustainable response to hunger for years to come.

September 2008 – Treasured Capital Area Food Bank Employee Passes
The Capital Area Food Bank is deeply saddened by the recent loss of our cherished colleague and friend, Reuben L. Gist, who passed on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. Gist, the director of Advocacy and Community Outreach, was employed at the Capital Area Food Bank since 1999.

July 2008 – Capital Area Food Bank Sees Fewer Contributions During Summer
As many residents in the nation’s capital plan vacations and seek refuge from the sweltering heat, more than 633,000 people are scrambling to find their next meal. Increases in the cost of food and medicine and record high gas prices have forced many local families into an economic crisis driving them to seek food assistance from the Capital Area Food Bank and its 700 partner agencies.

April 2008 – On This Night, Wearing Denim Can Make Thousands More Comfortable
A unique, exciting charitable gala, the Blue Jeans Ball strives to raise awareness and dollars in the struggle to end hunger in a fun way and this year it will be even more extraordinary.


Past Events

December 1st - Giving Tuesday + Gala Re-Watch Party

We always celebrate the givers in our community and invite others to join us on this global day of giving.

Because covid is on the rise, we decided to celebrate virtually. And since so many people experienced the wrath of hurricane Zeta and lost power the day of our gala, we held a re-watch party.

We were so glad we could share the impact our generous community has had in the midst of this wild year. Thank you to all the givers out there!

November 19th - Light After Loss Remembrance Walk

The Light After Loss Remembrance Walk created intentional space to share stories about those we love who are no longer physically here with us.

You can re-watch the event here if you’d like to do the walk on your own or watch the ending remembrance meditations at a later date.

We are so grateful to all those who joined us virtually with the fun glow accessories and thoughtful stories shared. Thank your for making this a successful first annual event! We hope next year, we can walk together in person and can’t wait to grow this event as our community builds.

November 8th - TEDx Chattanooga

Our founder, Ashley Jones, has been invited to speak on the TEDx stage to share How We Heal In Grief. This is a huge honor and we couldn’t be more excited to share the talk once it’s made public. Check back here for the link - we will also put it on our Media & Press page.

We will be sure to send out a newsletter and post the video on our social channels as soon as it’s ready to share. Make sure you follow us and/or subscribe to our newsletter to be in the know! Hopefully it won’t take too long before it’s ready.

Snapshots of Love 2020 - October 25-29th

Our Snapshots of Love Gala, like many things this year, went virtual… but it’s not what you might imagine. We brought a whole bunch of love and self-care experiences to your home to make this one of the best experiences of the year!

Our ticket holders have access to all of the content through the end of the year through our event app. If you missed it and want access for $35, we can get you set up in our app, just let us know!

December 3rd, Giving Tuesday Celebration Party in ATL

Giving Tuesday is the one day out of the whole year where people around the globe come together to make a world of impact, and we celebrated all of you givers! Whether you give time, money, services, love, introductions, or other amazing things, we want you to know how much your giving makes a difference - because small or large, IT MATTERS!

We raised $7,000 to serve 7 families and were able to celebrate together at the Elevator Factory from 6-9pm in Atlanta to have the best Tuesday of 2019!

This is becoming a tradition, so plan on spending next year’s Giving Tuesday with us again in Atlanta. We’d love to have you join us!

November 16th, Fall Family Cook-Off Competition in Canton, GA

Our chili cook-off and best BBQ competition provided some incredible food, while people of all ages enjoyed fall activities such as corn hole, hay rides, and s’mores around a bonfire.

Together, with an awesome community, we raised over $5,000! THANK YOU!

October 19th, Pancake Social Dine Out Night from 6:30-9 PM

Join us at Pancake Social from 6:30-9:00PM at Ponce City Market downtown ATL to support Love Not Lost through their Dine Out Night to Give Back.

10% of the profits will be given to Love Not Lost in support of our mission to revolutionize the way we grieve. Bring your friends, stuff your faces, and have a great time as you meet our founder, Ashley Jones, and learn more about our cause.

Truly, this is such a great excuse to eat your heart out! No reservations required - just show up to have a good time.

October 19th, CycleGiving Ride @ CycleBar Buckhead ATL - 11AM

CycleBar Buckhead is hosting a CycleGiving Ride to benefit Love Not Lost and we are pumped! Are you ready to sweat for a cause?! Improve your health and cardio, support Love Not Lost, make new friends, and take home some fun things too.

This group ride will be for 45 people starting at 11am on Saturday, October 19th. Spots will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Click the sign up link below, get registered through CycleBar, and select whatever amount you’d like to donate to join us for the ride.

October 11-13th: LumiSummit 2019

Ashley spoke at the LumiSummit in Atlanta, GA to share some of her new book material about self-awareness, self-care, and healing in grief. The summit focused on wellness, health, and healing in general. We were honored to be included in the line-up of speakers and look forward to staying connected in their community.

July 31 - Aug 2, ATL Ideas Festival in Atlanta, GA

We had a booth in the marketplace of the ATL Ideas Festival presented by Plywood People to celebrate their 10th year of hosting an incredible learning conference in Atlanta. We met so many incredible people, raised money, shared support tools, and connected with potential partners going forward. We can’t wait until next year!

March 9th, GUMPTION - Franklin, TN

GUMPTION is TED meets arts festival on a mission to foster creativity and hospitality in the South… And on March 9th, our founder & executive director was on their stage! Visit the GUMPTION event site to learn more!

Snapshots of Love March 1, 2019 - 4th Annual Celebration at King Plow in Atlanta, GA

Snapshots of Love was designed as a celebration party to give you hope, fill you with good food and drink, and leave you empowered with wonderful memories to enjoy. For three years, with the help of our donors, we've been serving families through photography as we celebrate life, preserve memories, and support people in grief. In our fourth year, we announced our new digital support tool and a new program that’s coming this year. Here are the highlights captured by one of our amazing Love Not Lost photographer volunteers, This Modern Love Photography - enjoy!

February 16th, Connect Concert by Refuge Dance Company - Marietta, GA

The Refuge Dance Company chose Love Not Lost as inspiration to choreograph a dance to communicate our mission! It was a beautiful night and an incredible job by Refuge Dance! We’ll have a video to share with you soon!

February 11th, Conscious Capitalism Civic Dinner in Atlanta, GA

The Conscious Capitalism team invited Ashley to be a civic dinner host for their Love and Humanity in Business discussion. The dinner was hosted at Lure in Midtown and brought together 8 diverse and unique perspectives to the table for a beautiful evening that challenged, inspired, and grew our own views. We hope to do this again soon!

Kendra Scott at Perimeter Mall Gives Back - February 6, 2019 & December 7, 2018

The Kendra Scott Store at Perimeter Mall helped us raise funds as they gave 20% of all proceeds the night of the shop for a cause events to Love Not Lost. We are so excited for this continued partnership and hope you’ll come join us for the next one!

November 8th - Sum + Substance Storytelling Event

Come hear our Founder, Ashley Jones, share her story alongside of four other incredible humans who have all found purpose through work. The lineup includes Jeff Hilimire (Co-founder and CEO of Dragon Army), Terri-Nichelle Bradley (Founder of Brown Toy Box), Joel Iverson (Co-owner of Monday Night Brewing), and Derreck Kayongo (Human Rights Activist).

Food Through Flowers Garden Dinner Party - June 23, 2018

Tony and Diane Riffel hosted an incredible culinary experience through 5 courses, each artfully paired with edible flowers compliments of Julia Schneider, Private Chef.

Flowers can be a symbol of empathy or celebration, both are core values of Love Not Lost. At the dinner, we shared how guests are helping us celebrate life, preserve memories, and support people in grief. We told the story of our beginnings, shared where we are today, and set a vision for where we hope to be as we grow. At the end of the night, everyone left with tangible ways to show up for the people they care about.

If you attended the dinner and wanted to make a donation outside of your ticket purchase, please click below to donate and help us on our mission to love people better in grief. Thank you for your generosity and support. You are making a difference in Atlanta!

Sip, Sparkle, & Shop with Kendra Scott on May 9, 2018

The Kendra Scott store at Perimeter Mall hosted us for an awesome event to help people shop for Mother's Day and also give back through their purchases, since 20% of all proceeds were given to Love Not Lost. With your help, we raised over $600 and had a great night!

Love Not Lost 3rd Annual Auction Celebration

On March 1, 2018, we had an incredible time at the King Plow Arts Center! We shared a blog post highlighting the night, which you can read here. We had so much fun and were able to raise over $25,000 with the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and supporters. Thank you.

Photo by Molly Weir Photography

Giving Tuesday Party in Atlanta - November 28, 2017

We celebrated our #LoveItForward campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 28th at Monday Night Brewing!

It was a wonderful night meeting new people, connecting with old friends, and updating all of our supporters with the great things to come in the future!


The Beeronaut

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ ZooBrew at the Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL (708) 688-8000
Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales…all at Brookfield Zoo’s fourth annual ZooBrew on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015. Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over*, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers. Ticket plans and a full beer list available at this link

Friday, August 21

4:20 – 7:00 pm ♦ SweetWater Brewery Mini Tap Takeover & Cubs Ticket Giveaway
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Join us and the SweetWater Brewing Company Crew. Every SweetWater draft you purchase from 4:20pm-7pm enters you in a raffle for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturdays (8/22) Cubs V’s Brave game at Wrigley Field!
We’re tapping 4:20 Pale, IPA, Hop Hash, & Water Keeper (Hefeweizen

5:00 pm ♦ Pollyanna Lemont -vs- Everybody Tapping & Meet N’ Drink.
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Welcome Pollyanna Brewing Co. for an exclusive release of this year’s Illinois Craft Brewers Guild ReplicAle, Lemont -vs- Everybody. This sour saison uses 10% rye malt along with German hop varieties and an Australian Summer hop to make a truly beautiful sour.
Along with the release of this beer, head brewer Brian Pawola will be on had talking shop and handing out a limited number of complementary Pollyanna glassware and stickers.

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Style Series Night: Farmhouse/Saison
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
Once a month we will showcase a certain style of beer and all the variations that come with it.
The third iteration in this series is dedicated to all kinds of saisons and farmhouse ales! Come hang out with us on Friday, where all of our draft lines will have a different kind of farmhouse ale! Plus, Chicago Pizza Boss will be here cooking up some delicious artisan pizzas!
DRAFT LINE UP : Off Color‘s Apex Predator (farmhouse ale) Hailstorm‘s Farmhouse Sour with Apricots (farmhouse ale) Logsdon Farmhouse Ales‘ Seizoen Bretta (saison) Pipeworks‘ War Bird (saison) Upland Sundial (farmhouse) + 3 more to be announced soon!

6:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Noctis BA Imperial Stout Release and Cellar Hour with Framboos
Pazzo’s Bar & Grill, 23 E Jackson Blvd – Downstairs, Chicago 312-386-9400
Join Pazzo’s for the release of MobCraft Noctis, a Bourbon Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout aged on Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cacao Nibs, and Craisins, a recipe crafted by homebrewer Brian Barclay. This beer was featured by Mobcraft Brewing at the Great Taste of the Midwest. It is limited and will never be made again, so get it while you can.
We will also be pouring some amazing beers from our cellar, including 3 Fonteinen Framboos. Some of the beer we have is bottle only and limited, and some is in Kegs. See the list below.
On Tap (subject to change – for better or worse):
Mobcraft Noctis (Cask) Perennial Savant Beersel 󈧓, Suburban Beverage, Regalia Prairie Bomb! Allagash Neddles, Golden Brett Trois Dames l’Amoureuse Rouge Petrus 50/50
Bottles (3oz Pours): Drie Fontenin Framboos (limited to 25 x 3oz pours – $8) (one per email – duplicates will be deleted) Upland Kiwi, Persimmon, Peach, Vino Synth Red, Paw Paw, Orchid, Sour Reserve #6 Priarie Pirate Noir.

6:30 pm ♦ Wildfire Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
Join us for a summer beer dinner featuring a four course custom menu paired with craft brews from Lagunitas Brewing Co.. A representative from the brewery will be on hand as guest speaker for the evening. The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Tina or Samantha at 847-279-7900. View the menu here.

7:00 pm ♦ Maplewood Tap Takeover
Kuma’s Corner Schaumburg, 1570 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL (847) 240-1200
It’s going to be a magical evening at the new Kuma’s in Schaumburg on the 21st! Expect the usual antics of the Maplewood Crew as Kuma’s beer mastermind Peter Martinez runs some Charlatan through a Randall for the first time ever!
5 On Tap : Lemondrop American Wheat Ale, Creepy Ginger Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Fat Pug Milk Stout, The Charlatan Pale Ale & The Charlatan Randall: Grapefruit, Lemon, and Rhubarb

7:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover at Links Taproom
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Featuring: Bourbon County Stout, Kisetsu, Sofie, Recommended Pilsner, Rambler IPA, SVE Kölsch

7:00 pm ♦ SkaBQ: 10 years of Ska Brewing in Chicago
Feast, 1616 N Damen Ave, Chicago 773-772-7100
SKA brewery is celebrating their 10th year in Chicago coinciding with their 20th year as a Brewer. Come celebrate with a BBQ & a special tasting at Feast Restaurant in Bucktown.
Feast will be paring their BBQ menu inspired by our new chef Theodore E Dimitriou with a selection of SKA beers – includes a debut tasting of the newest brew. Complimentary SKA beer glass with each ticket purchase.
Join us for a night of mingling, BBQ, beer & DJs spinning SKA music at this private event.
*Two drinks included per ticket. Buffet style menu.

8:00 – 9:30 pm ♦ Revolution Sampling
Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 8 N. Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL
We’ll be sampling out Revolution Brewing Rosa.

Saturday, August 22

9:00 am ♦ Almanac Beer Brunch
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago 773-276-7110
Come help close out Almanac Beer Co.’s Chicago launch week with a beer brunch at Longman & Eagle. Menu and beer pairings TBA! No reservations required!

9:00 am – 11:00 pm ♦ The Seven Seals: Conquest beer release party
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville IL
Conquest is our collaboration with The Bruery–a Belgian-style tripel with cocoa nibs, toasted coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon. The bottles will be released on Saturday, August 22nd at 9AM at Solemn Oath Brewery.
Purchasing one or more bottles at $21.85 through this pre-sale grants you the following:
– A wax-dipped, ensconced 22 oz. bottle of Conquest, each packed with a poster printed on Yupo paper by our artist, Jourdon Gullett, up to six bottles.
– Peace of mind that your bottles are reserved for you to pick up–no lining up early or wondering if there will be any left. Come grab your bottle whenever on August 22nd, party will run from 9AM to 7PM.
– Entry to the release party in the barrel room at the brewery. One person admitted per bottle purchased.
– A draft pour of Conquest when you arrive at the release party, one per person admitted. Our three beer taproom limit still applies. Your pour is only valid on the day of the release party.
On August 22nd the taproom will also be open from 9AM to 11PM, business as usual except for the early start. The pre-sale will end at 11:59PM central time on Friday, August 21st, or when bottles are sold out, whichever comes first.

11:00 am – 12:00 am ♦ Hopstring Fest
Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr. (At Jefferson St.) Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 722-2287
Chicago Street Pub and Silver Cross Field have again partnered together to bring you the 4th Annual Hopstring Fest.
Admission: $20 presale (at the Festival website)/$30 at door
Hopstring Fest is a 12 hour celebration of craft beer & roots rock, the brainchild of Mike and Kathy Trizna (Owners of Chicago Street Pub, and Bill Waliewski (Joliet Slammers President).
During the festival people will be able to experience an amazing cross section of the many styles of beer from around the world… Brewed right in their own backyard. While they are drinking some of these beers, they will also have the opportunity to taste the local wares from several Joliet restaurants.

The festival is an all-ages show, and will be fun for the whole family. Food, adult beverages and soft drinks will be available to purchase.
Anyone caught purchasing or drinking alcohol under age will be handed to the police and dealt with appropriately.
Check the website link above for the latest update on bands, beers, and food vendors.

11:00 am – 11:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Pop Up Street Pub
Emmett St. parking lot, by the Logan Square Metra station (Kedzie & Milwaukee), Chicago
It’s the ultimate block party! Deschutes Brewery is shutting down the streets in cities across the United States this year with our newest traveling event called: Street Pub – Crafted for Community. We’re excited to bring our tour to Chicago where you’ll see the 400+ foot bar set up creating a pub of epic proportions. The bar is crafted from reclaimed wood and steel from Oregon, and the Street Pub is a one stop shop to try lots of our beers – from the coveted Reserve Series rarities (think The Abyss) all the way to year-round favorites like Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. We’ll pair these beers up with culinary creations from Chef, Jeff Usinowicz, add in some live local music, and tie it in with a non-profit partner. Proceeds from Street Pub Chicago benefit Alliance for the Great Lakes who aim to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.
Want to know what it’s all about? Watch our Bend Street Pub video here:
Free entry and family friendly. Grab your friends, family & join us!

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ♦ Six-Year Anniversary Party at the Division Ale House
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
Wicker Park’s Irish bar celebrates with a party featuring all-you-can-eat smoked meats, a Three Floyds tap takeover, and more
The Division Ale House, which opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in the summer of 2009, celebrates the six-year mark with an afternoon patio party including all-you-can-eat meats smoked by executive chef Wally Rouse, unlimited sides, two draft beers from Munster, Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing, and one Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey shot or cocktail.
Smoked meats include beef brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken with accompaniments such as classic coleslaw, Asian coleslaw, corn on the cob, house chips, baked beans and German-style potato salad. There will be an array of housemade condiments at the fixings station from spicy honey-Sriracha sauce to savory Jameson barbecue sauce. Three Floyds draft beers include Deesko, Gumballhead, Zombie Dust, Jinx Proof, Dreadnaught IPA, Yum Yum and Alpha King. Additional beers are available for $6-$8 each (cash bar available).
$30 per person for unlimited smoked meats, unlimited sides and fixings, two Three Floyds drafts, and one Tullamore Dew shot or cocktail. Tickets are available at hastickets.com. Must be 21 to attend with a valid ID. Rain or shine event (seating available indoors). Ticket price does not include gratuity.

1:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Midwest Brewers Fest 2015
1 Village Circle, Willow Springs, IL
A true craft beer festival with over 150 unique beers.
Celebrating our 5th year running with new features as well as the classic ones you already love! Cask Ales are coming back for all of those folks craving ultra-fresh goodness as well as a special serving area dishing out top shelf beers hand-picked by the Brewery Committee.
Since it isn’t a Brewer’s Fest without the brewers, in addition to the Pro brewers we’ll keep up the tradition of featuring home brew from some of the best home brew clubs in the Midwest.
Now to the new stuff. . .What could be better than a beer fest with all this craft goodness? How about a brewery On-Site? We’ll be setting up shop from the Village Hall right up to the front door of Imperial Oak Brewing Company.
In addition to all that we’ll have Food Trucks, Live Music, and new this year CRAFT DISTILLERS.
General Admission is from 1p – 5p, but if you can’t wait to check out the best selections, then sign up for Early Entry and get in 1-hour early AND get a collectible glass snifter to celebrate your excellent choice. Tickets are $45 general admission $65 early admission, at www.midwestbrewersfest.org

2:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Event: Half Acre Beer Company
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL 60124, United States
Half Acre‘s coming out for the first time for an event and Alan (noted Half Acre geek) couldn’t be happier!
We’ll be pouring 6 Half Acre beers in the tap room: Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Lead Feather Black Ale, Meat Wave English IPA, Navaja Double IPA, Azzaca Pale Ale, plus one surprise.
We’ll also have a cash only Can Bar set up by the bag sets in the back yard, featuring cans of Akari Shogun American Wheat Ale, Valejo IPA, Pony Pilsner.
We have some other ideas that we’re kicking around. We’ll keep you updated. All beers listed are subject, but unlikely, to change.
Half Acre’s very own Chef Nick Lacasse will be cooking us food for this event! Chef Nick will be serving up some great Asian barbecue…we think sort ribs…Alan’s pretty sure they talked about short ribs. Either way, we’re really stoked to have him here and excited to devour his delicious food.

2:00 pm ♦ 3 Sheeps Tasting
Beer Bazaar, 17 W. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville, IL (847) 986-6473
Jacquie from 3 Sheeps Brewing Company will be pouring some delicious beer for this free tasting.

3:50 – 9:00 pm ♦ 350 Fest
Tinely Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park, IL
350 Brewing holds its own beer festival at the Tinley Park Convention Center off Harlem Ave. Tickets are $35 through the Event site.

4:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ Only Child Taproom Grand Opening
Only Child Brewing Co., 1350 Tri State Pkwy, Gurnee, IL (224) 656-5241
Our Taproom is finally opening its doors! Come say hello, check the place out, and most importantly, Drink Some Beer!

Sunday, August 23

1:00 – 4:00 pm ♦ Curious Craft Beer Bash
Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, 550 N. Ogden Ave., Chicago 312-733-2121
Benefiting Variety, the Children’s Charity, Mahoney’s Craft Beer Bash will be an afternoon of unique craft beer and sausage sampling. A variety of 3 oz. samples of over 30 craft beers along with bite-sized samples of complementing sausages for only $25 per person (or $30 at the door the day of the event).
Representatives of each brewery will be in attendance to speak about each of their beers. Contests, prizes, free giveaways, and more will be taking place — rain or shine.

4:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ The 2015 Homebrewer’s Ball
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St., Chicago (773)-837-0145
Marz Community Brewing and the Mash Tun Society invites you to help us select the winning brew at the Homebrewer’s Ball. This is just one of the ways we like collaborating with our friends in the brewing community.
RSVP tickets are available at Eventbrite.
For $25 you get:

  • Tastes of all the competing brews
  • A Mash Tun Tasting Glass and copy of Mash Tun Journal
  • A silk screened Homebrewer’s Ball T-shirt by Teetsy
  • Vittles by Kimski, our new Korean Polish Street Food joint
  • A vote for best brews in the competition. & The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company
  • Marz Community Brewing Co. beers & the debut of the Marz Slushie

Featuring beers by: Eric Franklin and Joe Sumrall, Alexander Wolos, Charlie Hoyt, Hunter Owens, Jim Vondracek and Matt Omura, Tyler Jackson, JD Blythin & Renee Weinberger, Sean Talmage, Brian Davids, Anthony Boutsikakis, Evan Devries & others.
Lumpen Radio, WLPN, 105.5 fm will be live broadcasting the event with featured WLPN DJs.

4:00 pm ♦ Sonoma Cider Showcase
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
What’s better than a crisp, cold cider on a hot summer day? We’re showcasing Sonoma Cider Anvil and Hatchet.


B.good Holds Their 10th Annual BBQ Aug. 4th - Recipes

A delegation of five Russian attorneys received an inside look last week at Americas judicial system, highlighting the practices and principles underpinning the rule of law in the United States.

The group was participating in an exchange promoted by the Open World Leadership Center, a partnership program that builds U.S.-Eurasian cooperation and mutual understanding, according to Regan Watson-Krdu, program coordinator for the International Visitors Council Detroit.

Russia made significant rule of law gains in the early and mid-1990s, and passed major judicial and legal reforms in 2001-2002, Watson-Krdu indicated. Open Worlds rule of law programming is designed to build on the gains made during the 1990s, to support the implementation of more recent reforms, and to provide comparative insights into legal education, juvenile justice, and the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking and domestic violence.

The Russian attorneys included Zoya Malykhina, head of the legal department for the Troitsk Administration Vladimir Zyablitsev, chair of the board for the Magnitogorsk Consumer Protection Association Yelena Yegorova, a lawyer with the Humanitarian-Legal Center Yelena Rylova, an attorney with the Interregional Bar Association and Sergey Kosenko, head of the legal department for the Belgorod Region Department of Physical Education, Sports and Tourism. They were accompanied by translators Irina Jesionowski and Maria Sveshnikova.

During their weeklong visit to Michigan, the group visited Wayne State University Law School for a comparative analysis of Russian and U.S. constitutional law the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, receiving an overview of the federal court system the U.S. Attorneys Office in Detroit for an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the office the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, receiving an introduction to the mission of the ACLU, highlights of recent cases, and a look at its advocacy and education work The Detroit Legal News, touring its printing facility and gaining an understanding of the role of the media in the legal profession and in the U.S. the State Bar of Michigan the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center the Oakland County Circuit Court the Troy City Attorneys Office and the Auburn Hills Campus of Cooley Law School.

They also met with officials at the District office of Congressman Gary Peters to discuss constituent services, according to Watson-Krdu.


Year in Review part 8


Events and updates in the downtown core were shared among Thorold&rsquos business community at a monthly BIA meeting held Wednesday.
Art on the Front invites shoppers to enjoy a rotating selection of art and artists appearing downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Participating venues include the Yoga Centre of Niagara, Chapel Street Designs, Figg Street Company, and Shannon Passero&rsquos Post Office.
Plans are underway for Thorold&rsquos annual Car Show July 21, continuing partnerships with the Thorold Lions Club and Youth Unlimited organizations and featuring a barbecue at the Thorold Community Credit Union.
Building on last year&rsquos successful Puppy Parade, a second is planned&mdashwelcoming owners and dogs to parade throughout Thorold dressed in Halloween costumes&mdashfor Saturday, Oct. 27.
Jean D&rsquoAmelio Swyer urged business owners to make their shops more age-friendly. As chair of Thorold&rsquos Age Friendly committee, she explained those efforts will benefit not only people aged 55 and older but all citizens&mdashincluding those using wheelchairs and walkers and parents pushing strollers, among others.
Provincial rules mandate that by 2025, &ldquoThey will have to be age-friendly,&rdquo she said. &ldquoHopefully, within the next couple years we will have some improvements to sidewalks&rdquo and other public areas.
D&rsquoAmelio Swyer said those merchants who have met the criteria&mdashsuch as ensuring entrances have ramps and buildings are free of indoor and outdoor hazards&mdashwill be presented with certificates and window stickers during an Info Fair to be held at the Seniors&rsquo Centre on June 20. The fair starts at 9 a.m. and certificates will be handed out at 10 a.m. Bowls of chili will be available for $2, and city staff will announce the senior citizen of the year.
Scott Davidson of Lumina Media invited merchants to advertise on his outdoor bins, which double as receptacles for litter as well as recyclable products.
&ldquoIt&rsquos recycling, which cleans up the streets, plus it&rsquos an inexpensive way to advertise 24-7,&rdquo he stated.
According to Davidson, business owners have told him that &ldquoLitter has gone down drastically&rdquo since the dozen or so bins have been installed on pads downtown.

Help Adam fight


Thorold Fire Chief Brian Dickson said it will be all hands on deck this Saturday to raise funds to help eight-year-old Adam Egerter as he battles Stage 4 brain cancer.
&ldquoFirefighters from every station, from both full-time and volunteer ranks, will be at Richmond Street School to help run a charity car wash and barbeque,&rdquo said the Chief &ldquoeveryone will be there.&rdquo
Dickson told ThoroldNews they&rsquore holding the event at the school because, &ldquoAdam&rsquos classmates and the school have been so amazing in their support of his fight. This is a member of our family the son of a firefighter at (Fire) Station 4. &rdquo
Adam has been undergoing treatment at McMaster Sick Kids and Juravinski hospitals in Hamilton.
&ldquoThe car wash will be offered for a donation, but we will be selling food,&rdquo said Dickson. &ldquoThere will also be fire trucks and mascot Sparky on hand for the kids.&rdquo
The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 19, and all proceeds will go to support the Egerter family. The school is at 153 Richmond St., Thorold.

Denis Morris take Henderson Pharmacy baseball tournament

It was Denis Morris emerging as the championship in the Henderson Pharmacy High School Baseball tournament this week. Four teams competed from Governor Simcoe, Sir Winston Churchill, Thorold Secondary School and Denis Morris.

Thorold and Denis Morris squared off in the finals after both teams had two wins and one loss in the earlier rounds.Thorold and Governor Simcoe played a tough semi-final game with the lead changing hands four times. Governor Simcoe jumped out to a 4-1 lead early, but in the end Thorold won 7-6 to advance against Denis Morris.

Kyle D'Angela from DM was named the tournament MVP and he lead the team in the final game to a 13-3 victory. He had an inside the park Grand Slam and &RBI's to take the award.

Community hops on board to Help Beaverdams Church


&ldquoHow Great Thou Art&rdquo was the theme that united art-lovers with local photographers, sculptors and artists Sunday, as The Friends of Beaverdams Church kick-started their latest campaign: to replace aged, crumbling clapboard on the historic church&rsquos exterior.
Artists and art-lovers alike filled Club Capri Sunday for the Friends &rsquo third fundraising lunch, art show and silent auction, united in restoring the heritage site to its former glory.
Despite the $90,000 estimate to replace the siding, Friends President David Cowan remains undaunted.
&ldquoIt sounds scary,&rdquo he addressed the crowd, reminding them that the Friends have already raised $85,000 to lay a new foundation, $10,000 for a new metal roof, and a substantial sum for custom windows.
&ldquoThis time last year, we were hoping to pay for some windows,&rdquo stated Cowan, &ldquoand now they are all paid for. An exact replica of an 1832 window costs $2,000 to build so we needed to raise between $50,000 to $60,000 and we were able to raise that in six months.&rdquo
After acknowledging the $25,000 and $10,000 contributions made by the Ontario Paper Company and Ontario Power Generation, respectively, Cowan said, &ldquoBut mostly, they were just everyday donations from people like us.&rdquo
While a dozen windows have already been installed, the remaining 14 are expected to go in this month. Once complete, the windows will be &ldquoexactly as it appeared in 1832,&rdquo he said, since some &ldquowere covered over 110 years ago.&rdquo
&ldquoThe new siding will arrive pre-painted with two coats of paint and a 50-year warranty against decay.&rdquo
Cowan also thanked consulting engineer Mark Shoalts for guiding the group since the restoration project&rsquos inception. &ldquoHe advises us who the best contractors are to do it properly and not too expensively. We just could not do it without him.&rdquo
Shoalts said the new windows and siding will make a dramatic difference in the church&rsquos overall appearance.
&ldquoWe&rsquore looking forward to the real visual impact that&rsquos going to make,&rdquo he said. &ldquoThis is the one everybody&rsquos going to see and get excited about.&rdquo
Addressing the issue of siding colour, &ldquoWhite is maybe boring,&rdquo said Shoalts, &ldquobut meeting houses were done almost entirely in white,&rdquo and the Friends want it to look authentic.
While pointing out that $2,000 will buy 100 square feet of clapboards, $250 will buy 10 square feet, and $200 will purchase trim for the gable, Cowan said donations of less than $100 will help buy needed hardware and nails. He emphasized that any and all donations will be gratefully received.

Downtown Thorold Market grand opening

Since ancient times, townspeople have made the trek to their local marketplace to buy food.

Saturday, June 9 marks the grand opening of Thorold&rsquos Downtown Market, located at 6 Ormond Street South.

From 8 a.m. till noon, every Saturday morning until the end of September, shoppers can purchase local, fresh produce, homemade perogies and pies, freshly made hummus and peanut butter, artisan breads and specialty items like pickled carrots, green beans, tomato jam and marmalade, lavender shortbread and food-grade lavender, exotic jellies, jams and honey, along with herbed butters, relishes and pickles.

In addition to food, the market will feature succulents and plants, fresh cut sunflowers, bee items and handmade soy and citronella candles, along with essential oils and aromatherapy jewellery.

Other vendors and artisans will sell everything from weighted blankets to children&rsquos books on a rotating basis throughout the summer.

No need to worry about inclement weather, since there&rsquos also an indoor component to the market.

&ldquoWe are so excited to be able to bring this venue to the Thorold community and people in the surrounding areas, said Carrie Cottage, operator of the Downtown Thorold Market. &ldquoAs most of us know, Thorold&rsquos downtown core has come a long way in a short time, thanks to local investors, new thinkers and local business people. It is so good to see new interest, growth and positive change.&rdquo

The intent of the market, she added, is to produce a positive cultural and economic impact for the local downtown core, with the market becoming a key piece in the vibrancy of the community. As more residents live in the downtown area, the market will naturally become a local option for their food and wholesome lifestyle supplies, and is expected to grow in popularity as more people choose to live, dine, work, play, and shop downtown.

&ldquoThe Downtown Thorold Market is a definite draw to this area and will prosper with the community&rsquos support as we all grow together.&rdquo

Cirque de Soleil comes to Thorold fundraiser

A glimmer into the world of Cirque de Soleil appeared last Friday evening at John Michael's Banquet Centre in Thorold South.

Revel Realty hosted a black-tie gala in support of Project Share.

Michelle Tworek, Executive Host for Revel Realty and MC for the evening told the Thorold News, &ldquoWe're focused on giving back to the community and host various events through the year in support of Project Share and those in need, which is why we added the amazing dimension to the Revel brand &ndash Our Revel Charity Ball.&rdquo

Revel president Ryan Serravelle welcomed Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati as his special guest at the impressive event. The banquet centre was filled with 360 guests. They and 10 sponsors helped Revel to make a donation of $21,400 to Project Share.


Play volleyball, help Sick Kids

The passing of a beloved four-year-old boy 11 years ago has been responsible for raising more than $80,000 for sick children and their families.

&ldquoOn May 1, 2007, we lost the most important person in our lives due to a sudden illness,&rdquo said Jennifer Douthwaite &ldquoour four-year-old son, Aiden. Through our experience, we have made it our mission to honour our son&rsquos short life by raising funds for Toronto SickKids Hospital Critical Care Unit.&rdquo

During their son&rsquos illness, Jennifer and her husband Mark spent a great deal of time at the hospital, where she said &ldquoAiden received the most amazing care by some of the top doctors and nurses in the world. They genuinely cared for our son and not only tended to his medical needs but showed a great amount of love and care for him and our family. I have never been to a hospital that showed so much compassion and truly cared about what was happening. His team of doctors went to every extreme to try and save him but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. They made sure they were with us right until the end, supporting us and guiding us through the most difficult and heartbreaking time of our lives.&rdquo

After their lives &ldquoturned in a direction completely unexpected,&rdquo the Doutwaites decided to raise money for families experiencing similar heartbreaking circumstances.

&ldquoUntil you are there, you don&rsquot realize how many children and families from the Niagara Region need the special care that SickKids offers,&rdquo said Douthwaite, who works as Recreation & Leisure Coordinator at the Thorold Community Activities Group (TCAG).

In 2008, a stag and doe type fundraiser kicked off the couple&rsquos mission then in 2009 changed to Smash 4 SickKids, a co-ed volleyball tournament &ldquoa fun and easy way for people to contribute and include their families. We really wanted an event that would bring people together and share in the joy of family and friends.&rdquo

From 12 teams that first year, the event has grown to 28 teams, including many returning participants from across Niagara&mdashwith the majority from St. Catharines and Thorold&mdashand new teams signing up each year. Their smashing success has enabled the couple to donate more than $80,000 to The SickKids Foundation&rsquos Critical Care Unit, in memory of Aiden.

&ldquoThe continued support is just incredible and we are so grateful to all our participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers giving us the opportunity to run this event every year,&rdquo said Douthwaite.

Saturday, August 11 will mark their 10th Annual Smash 4 SickKids at Sunset Beach in St. Catharines. The tournament takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features both recreational and intermediate 6's divisions.

&ldquoBecause of the support received through this event, important advances have been made in child health,&rdquo said Emily Clark, of the SickKids Foundation Events Department. &ldquoThe future promise of SickKids rests upon the availability of more funds to provide support services for new advances in diagnosis, treatment and care. The proceeds from this event will help us fulfill this promise. The (Smash 4 SickKids) organizers are both passionate advocates of paediatric health and loyal supporters of SickKids. We hope that you will join them in making an indelible mark on The Hospital for Sick Children.&rdquo

Anyone wishing to donate a prize or sign up to play can call 289-213-4901 or e-mail [email protected]


Henderson headlining to help historic church


Donna Cowan foresees great things in the future for Beaverdams.
While she and her husband David continue leading the charge to restore the village&rsquos 1832 iconic church, they envision weddings, quilt shows and a host of cultural events taking place at the completion of its heritage restoration.
&ldquoAnyone who lived in Beaverdams and went to that church said it was such a wonderful experience,&rdquo she explained. &ldquoWe&rsquove got the oldest member who went to Sunday school and young families, and now we&rsquore starting to draw on the next generation&rdquo among its many determined restoration supporters.
&ldquoWe want it to be used by the community.&rdquo
To make that happen, the Cowans and their Friends of Beaverdams fundraising group plans to feature four events in the next five weeks.
First up, volunteers are welcome to help clean the church and grounds as the Friends hold their annual opening and cleanup morning on Saturday, May 26.
The event will run rain or shine, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., though helpers will be welcome &ldquoeven if they can come for an hour,&rdquo she added. &ldquoLunch will be provided, thanks to the Beaverdams neighbours.&rdquo
The cleanup is being held to prepare for the annual church service at Beaverdams, which welcomes Trinity United Church members, and anyone else who wishes to attend, on Sunday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, June 9, St. Andrew&rsquos Presbyterian Church will present a concert by its former organist Andrew Henderson, who&rsquos now organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Henderson is planning to visit his hometown Thorold that week, and &ldquograciously offered&rdquo to lend his support towards the Beaverdams church restoration efforts by playing at his childhood church, explained Cowan. A reception will follow in St. Andrew&rsquos church hall, located on the corner of Clairmont and Ormond Streets.
The fourth event takes place Saturday, June 16 as the Friends host a yard sale at Beaverdams Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Marlatts Road. Volunteers are needed to help make the event a success, and can call Donna at 905-227-7556 for information. A rain date is scheduled for June 23.

Grow Your Power with Introduction to Mediumship

Dorry Rice was not yet three years old when she had her first spiritual encounter.

&ldquoI saw spirit in my bedroom at 31 months old on the occasion of my 17-month-old sister&rsquos death,&rdquo she told the Thorold News.

A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, she came to Canada at age six.

&ldquoWhen I was in my 20s, a medium who came to visit me because she felt I needed healing&mdashwhich I did at the time&mdashstood behind me after the energy healing and asked me to share what I was experiencing. First I smelled something then I saw stone walls, low lights a rectangular object in front of me with light shining down on it. I could hear murmuring, or chanting in the background.&rdquo

On her 2006 trip to Assisi, Rice said she was still numb and grieving the loss of her husband two years previously.

&ldquoHe died in 2004, but I had a business to run and didn&rsquot give into grief at the time, and I had been railing at God to tell me what I was supposed to do with my life.&rdquo

What happened next was life-altering.

&ldquoIn the lower crypt I was sitting in a pew with my eyes closed, again, letting God have it, when a loud masculine voice boomed inside my head, &lsquoIn all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.&rsquo That Bible verse was inscribed in a Bible I got when I was 17 and I had put it away and never looked at it again.&rdquo

&ldquoWhen I looked up, I saw stone walls, very low lights there was murmuring from far off as the monks were saying a mass. There was a rectangular object in front of me: the bier of St. Francis of Assisi and there was a light shining down upon it. When I realized this was my vision from over 30 years ago, I burst into tears and my friend had to help me outside. When I calmed, an amazing sense of bliss overcame me&mdashlasting maybe 10 seconds. The despair was gone and I never again felt it.&rdquo

As if to reassure her, that same Bible verse has repeatedly shown up in odd places ever since, stated Rice, who bought a throw with the phrase written on it, spotted while having lunch at a restaurant.

After having careers that ranged from secretary corporate law clerk to Florida real estate agent, and 13 years as a business owner, Rice studied mediumship formally with teachers from Lily Dale, NY, Florida, Canada and the UK. She practiced Buddhist Meditation and currently leads a mediumship development Circle at Spiritualist Society of Burlington, where she&rsquos attended since 2011.

&ldquoEveryone searches for meaning and purpose in life and developing a relationship with your inner self is the first step on any spiritual journey,&rdquo she believes.

&ldquoIt is my earnest desire to leave breadcrumbs on the spiritual path so you may find your own way to growth, empowerment, happiness and peace.&rdquo
Rice will lead an Introduction to Mediumship workshop this Saturday, June 2 at the Yoga Centre of Niagara, 24A Front Street South. The $70 event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and covers a variety of topics, including: the differences between a psychic and medium, growing your power, meditation&mdashthe pathway to awareness, altered states of consciousness, and others.

Yoga Centre owner Laurie-Anne Lamothe said Rice taught her to trust her instincts and intuition, and she&rsquos hosting this &ldquolife-affirming workshop&rdquo to teach people how to discover and develop their own sense of connection.

&ldquoAt one time, self-doubt ruled me,&rdquo said Lamothe. &ldquoI didn&rsquot really trust myself and I certainly didn&rsquot trust my intuition. I was not grounded and easily swayed. All that changed when I met Dorry Rice. She slowly and carefully taught me how to rebuild my self-confidence and renew my connection to my intuitive voice. Dorry is a skilled and very patient teacher. She taught me the difference between discernment and dependence. I learned how to step into my own gifts and stand on my own two feet.&rdquo

&ldquoSpiritual development and mediumship development is also personal development and everyone benefits from meditation, reflection and introspection,&rdquo said Rice. &ldquoBecoming mindful, awake and aware makes for a kinder, more compassionate individual.&rdquo


Jenkins cooking up a new life in Thorold

The seventh best &ldquohome cook&rdquo in the country just moved to Thorold.

After proving she could conjure up everything from complicated desserts to fancy full-course feasts&mdashall on extremely tight deadlines&mdashDawson Creek native Jen Jenkins was eliminated from this week&rsquos MasterChef Canada competition, foiled by a single peppercorn.

Having never shucked or prepared an oyster in her life, the recent Grande Prairie, Alberta resident faced an intensely fast-paced oyster &ldquoshuck-off&rdquo against two competitors then had to prepare three different types of oyster dishes. The competition was so close, the three chef judges said it came down to not grinding just one peppercorn coarsely enough that sent Jenkins packing&mdashto her new home in Thorold.

After a month-long absence from her husband&mdashThorold native Devon Jenkins&mdashand the couple&rsquos three-year-old daughter Scarlett, &ldquoMy husband could not be happier,&rdquo Jenkins told the Thorold News, to be back in his hometown with his family.

&ldquoThis has been a long time coming for him. He planned on coming home after only a year out west, but once we met and started our relationship, it kept him there much longer than he anticipated. Totally worth the wait. He left Thorold with a hockey bag and came back with a wife and child.&rdquo

Jenkins, age 28, said she has &ldquoyet to be recognized here in Thorold, but back in Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie, I did many times&rdquo since her weekly appearances on the popular TV cooking program.

Plagued by self-doubts in the past, &ldquoI learned that I am so much better than I could have ever imagined,&rdquo she told ThoroldNews. &ldquoYears ago, I had the chance to go to cooking school but I thought, &lsquoWhy would they want someone like me&rsquo? I&rsquom done standing in my own way.&rdquo

Jenkins said contestants were not supplied with any instructions after being told what dish to make.

&ldquoThere were absolutely no recipes you had to go off of what you knew, and what you could come up with, even if it meant improvising. They allowed us to taste and look but no direction given to aid in our completion. The most surprising for me was how well I work under pressure. I always assumed that I would crack under pressure but I didn&rsquot. I surprise myself more and more.&rdquo

From cooking dozens of donuts for dog owners in a park kitchen to preparing a three-course feast for seven famous Order of Canada recipients at the McMichael Art Gallery, Jenkins passed several high-pressure solo and group tests during her MasterChef stint.

&ldquoWe have no doubt that you are one of the finest home cooks in this country,&rdquo said chef/judge Michael Bonacini, congratulating her for also being &ldquoa team player and a friend which is why you are a great role model for your daughter&rdquo the main reason Jenkins cited for entering the contest.

Fuelled by newfound confidence, Jenkins said there&rsquos &ldquoabsolutely&rdquo a food truck in her future, her lifelong dream.

&ldquoI plan on getting into the harvesting community as well as the restaurant world before I start (culinary) school in October of this year, and look forward to honing my skills and eventually creating my food truck to be a farm-to-food truck.&rdquo


Lion Dance Steals Show at Pho 18


Joined by their daughter Tiffany and sons Kevin Tang and Dylan Tang, owners Andy Tang and his wife Jenny Tran held their restaurant&rsquos official grand opening Saturday. Located at the corner of Clairmont and Ormond Streets, Pho 18 serves fresh Vietnamese and Asian fusion food.
Servers Sammie Nguyen and Linh Pham wore traditional Vietnamese garb for the official opening.
Celebratory drumming and the clashing of cymbals accompanied a special Lion Dance at Pho 18 Saturday. The centuries-old tradition dates back to ancient times, &ldquowhen animals would come and destroy the crops,&rdquo said Kin Sze, of Bamboo Kung Fu, hired by Pho 18 owners to entertain invited guests at the opening. &ldquoSo they used loud noises and lion puppets to scare them away. When there is a business opening, it&rsquos part of the culture&rdquo and designed to bring good luck, he told ThoroldNews.

Measner Left Green Mark on Thorold


Don Measner was a native of Wisconsin, but during his decades as a Thorold resident, he planted many deep roots and left a legacy of community contributions.
Raised on a family farm on the St. Croix River, Measner moved to Thorold in 1970 and passed away on May 4, 2018 in Hamilton at age 93.
As a Thorold Horticultural Society board member for several continuous terms, he initiated the Tree of Life planting program at Lakeview Cemetery to honour members who died in the preceding year, which still continues to this day.
Under his leadership, the Society&rsquos annual plant sale grew from a small pre-meeting event to a major fundraiser, and long-time THS member Patsy Ingoldsby said Measner also revived Arbor Day plantings in Thorold, joining THS members in donating trees and shrubs to plant at Thorold schools, assisted by students and teachers. Afterward, he took &ldquokeen delight&rdquo in driving past the schools to see how &ldquoour trees&rdquo were doing.
For 27 years, he produced the Green Thumb newsletter writing, editing, photocopying and delivering monthly issues to help local gardeners.
Ingoldsby found it &ldquoAmazing how he went from isolated poverty (in childhood) to being a prof at Brock&rdquo University, where he met&mdashand married Josephine (&ldquoJo&rdquo) Meeker, who was a professor there as well.
With $110 in his pocket ($100 for tuition and $10 to live on until he found part-time employment), the young Measner attended the University of Michigan, determined to study Landscape Architecture. At one time, he held five different part-time jobs and a full schedule of studies.
At the end of the first year, he was drafted and served in the European Front as a radio operator in the heavy artillery battalion. When war ended in Europe, he returned to the U.S. battalion for re-deployment of the battalion for the invasion of Japan.
He returned to university and during the Korean War, served as Landscape Architect for a new area of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., before being assigned as a geographic attaché with the American Embassy in Turkey. Following the services, Measner entered private life as a cartographer and map editor at Rand McNally, and at Hagstrom&rsquos in New York City, also working for a company which sent him to Toronto to establish a branch of mapping and architectural drafting.
He took pride in helping edit The Historical Atlas of Canada, Vol. 2, the 19th Century, which has won universal acclaim and is found in libraries all over the world.
Measner passionately promoted horticultural and environmental issues to Thorold city council, and was awarded the Canada 125 Medal by the Canadian government for his environmental efforts, including his pursuit to having the milkweed plant removed from the noxious weed list, years before it actually happened.
At Don&rsquos request, there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will take place in July at McMaster University, where he and Jo were married.

Canadian comedy premiere coming to Thorold


Almost everyone has taken trips that were nothing like the travel brochure.
Actress/singer Catherine Clarkson and her husband spent a week in Puerto Vallarta that went so horribly wrong, she wrote a comedy show about it.
Called Mr. & Miss Adventure, the World Premiere of her one-woman show was unleashed in Mexico to a sold-out audience last year, and in two weeks she&rsquoll perform the Canadian Premiere in Thorold.
The special dinner theatre show is being presented by Thorold Community Theatre and Trinity United Church as a fundraiser for the church on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at Trinity&rsquos Community Hall.
&ldquoThe fundraiser is my way of paying Thorold Community Theatre back for all the years I worked on their stage,&rdquo Clarkson told the Thorold News. &ldquoWhenever I auditioned, they gave me a part and Thorold&rsquos kind of a sweet spot.&rdquo
Born in Toronto, Clarkson moved to Niagara as a child, and began vocal lessons at age 15. Classical voice lessons followed, launching her into Niagara&rsquos music scene as sole vocalist for several bands. In addition to acting in and directing many Niagara theatre productions, Clarkson starred in solo musical performances at the Oakville Performing Arts Centre, captured both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in Starfire Theatre One Act Festival, and played Blanche in a vignette from Street Car Named Desire for Shaw Festival&rsquos Grown-Up Theatre Club Showcase.

Graduating to Conservatory with Second City, she was hostess for a live television talk show on Cogeco Cable TV and a principal actor in corporate videos, commercials and many independent films, and appeared in the world&rsquos largest and longest running Lip Sync Production as well as regular live singing gigs with Larry Sulky in Mexico, where she&rsquos actively involved in the theatre and live music scene.

And while she&rsquos performed in several comedic shows with TCT and other troupes, Mr. & Miss Adventure marked her first stab at stand-up.

&ldquoThe first time ever that I attempted stand-up, it was pretty scary,&rdquo she confessed, &ldquobut it&rsquos my story, so it makes it easier if it&rsquos a true story. I was always keen to make people laugh and I always gravitate to them (Thorold Community Theatre). TCT has an incredible following and they fill the seats. It&rsquos a wonderful experience and I&rsquom still pinching myself. I feel so blessed to perform it.&rdquo
The &ldquomisadventure&rdquo happened about five years ago, she said, during a trip that turned into &ldquoa series of unfortunate events. The things that happened to us, you wouldn&rsquot believe.&rdquo
&ldquoBut that has nothing to do with Mexicans themselves,&rdquo she hastened to add. At the Mexican premiere, &ldquoWe had the theatre director announce that we still love the Mexican people. It could happen to anyone on any trip anywhere. There are only two bits that are stretching the truth, so I will get people to guess what they were&rdquo at the end of the show.

Book Depot become Thorold&rsquos largest employer

The book business is here to stay, says Book Depot CEO Wilf Wikkerink.

Most people envisioned the demise of books as the rolling digital age swept away newspapers, magazines, phone books, encyclopedias and television guides. And while those reading e-books and online publications rose quickly in numbers, they have begun to recede at a substantial pace.

One might expect the CEO of the world's second largest book reseller to make these claims but Wikkerink has the facts, figures and success stories to back his claim. The Book Depot took over the abandoned paper mill on Front St. North in 2002 and has grown into Thorold's biggest employer. Today is boasts 210 employees with another 40 set to start later this month so a second shift can be added.

Niagara Music Awards launches

Niagara is teeming with talent, says Todd Brown, and its thriving musical fan base fuels the economy.
The man at the helm of the Niagara Music Awards has made it his mission to marry the area&rsquos many venue owners and promoters with the wealth of performers who draw tourists as well as locals.
Welland singer Jessica Wilson kicked off this year&rsquos official Niagara Music Awards launch party at Johnny Rocco&rsquos Restaurant in St. Catharines Wednesday night.
The proud winner of the People&rsquos Choice trophy at last year&rsquos Awards, Wilson is in demand, playing hundreds of gigs a year, including the upcoming Springlicious Street Festival in Niagara Falls.
&ldquoI started singing before I could talk,&rdquo she told ThoroldNews. Performing publicly since age 11, she &ldquopicked up the guitar at 15, and was playing across Niagara at age 16.&rdquo Trained in the Triple Threat musical theatre arts program, she also dances and acts, and now has her sights set on musical theatre.
It&rsquos precisely people like Wilson that Brown loves to promote.
Brad Battle is another. Last year, he captured Country Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, two major NMA awards, and just this week launched his first single, Crazy Beautiful, that&rsquos getting airplay on the radio.
The St. Catharines resident is headed to the Country Music Association of Ontario awards on June 3.
The 2018 NMA will highlight a week-long Niagara talent showcase, kicking off Sept. 22 and ending with the 11th Red Carpet Event Sept. 30. A live NMA website&mdashincluding countdown&mdashwas launched May 24.
This year, 32 awards will be handed out, up from 25 last year, said Cooper Smith, &ldquoand we&rsquore keeping the location a secret.&rdquo
Smith, the NMA&rsquos marketing, media and sponsorship guru, said, &ldquoWe&rsquore excited to welcome back our performers and a number of new locations have opened up&mdashbrand new venues, and we&rsquore super excited to partner with a number of musical artists,&rdquo he added.
&ldquoThis (NMA) platform allows everyone in all genres to come together and enhance their work and their creativity, as well as bring recognition to the artists. This year, we have so many sponsors saying they want to be included and we&rsquore providing the hub for artists and helping them be successful.&rdquo
Smith named notable NMA winners, such as Ron Sexsmith, Tim Hicks, Spencer MacKenzie, and Street Pharmacy. &ldquoThey have all gone on to huge platforms,&rdquo like the TD Jazz Festival and the winter Winefest.
&ldquoSince day one of these awards, it&rsquos infusing tourism, economic development and being part of the downtown cores and the wineries that have come on board, and we cannot wait to work with the Canal Bank Shuffle,&rdquo he added, which collaborated with the NMA for the first time last summer by sponsoring a blues showcase at Donnelly&rsquos Pub in Thorold.
Brown has been involved since year five. &ldquoEverything is based on &lsquoTogether, we accomplish more.&rsquo We can do that through NMA to make them more successful.&rdquo
With 300,000 NMA Facebook visits, &ldquoArtists are getting more hits on their Spotify page and now we&rsquove taken on the role of ambassador through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. We&rsquove met with the mayors and tourism boards and engaged people to build that for us and engaged in our exciting growth and physical presence, which will be unprecedented in the region.&rdquo
Brown cited Daisy Duke&rsquos as one example. The popular new St. Catharines bar &ldquowas an empty space so we did our pop-up there and made minor changes and made it country-based and brought in Nashville musicians, and now they&rsquore running three nights a week and hired five staff and musicians. So we know it works. We drive traffic to it.&rdquo
More info is available at https://niagaramusicawards.ca

See Thorold from two wheels


If anyone&rsquos ever wanted to see the world from a Segway, Guillaume Donnat can teach you how in about a minute. His new Thorold business is rolling right along, and taking tourists and residents for a ride.
During the spring/summer season, Niagara Segway Tours offers different tours on two wheels one that glides along the Welland Canal&rsquos Twin Locks&mdashwhich takes an hour&mdashand a second that tours Lock 7, about an hour and a half in length.
His personal transporter tours aren&rsquot limited to Thorold, though as Donnat also escorts groups of up to eight Segway riders through Port Dalhousie, as well as around Henry of Pelham&rsquos rolling vineyards, saving a tasting in the underground cellar as the final stop.
For those who prefer firmer ground, Donnat is also hosting walking tours which start in the historic Battle of Beaverdams Park and stroll to Lock 7 while also highlighting local businesses downtown.
&ldquoIt&rsquos a history tour but I&rsquom trying to involve as many businesses as possible,&rdquo he explained. &ldquoI&rsquom doing some tours as well on the Mini Pro (a smaller version, with no handle), which is &ldquoeasier for older people. Lots of people have it on their bucket list,&rdquo he said, adding that frequently his customers come to celebrate their birthdays.
&ldquoWhen you just want to have fun but it&rsquos safe and slow, it&rsquos fun to ride Segways.&rdquo
The city&rsquos tourism agent, Sue Morin, said, &ldquoHeritage was identified as a priority by city council, and therefore, it&rsquos part of our mandate to deliver on anything that capitalizes on our Prince Charles heritage award and designation,&rdquo Morin added. &ldquoI think it&rsquos visionary for Donnat to include the businesses&rdquo in his tours, she said. &ldquoAs a person who&rsquos been in tourism for many years, I can tell you that&rsquos what sells.&rdquo
Having spent time living in his wife&rsquos native Chile, Australia and Dublin, Ireland, Donnat bought the Segway business last year when the former owner retired, and moved to Thorold from Mississauga with his wife and two children.

Further details are available at www.niagarasegway.ca

Port Robinson walkway, part 2


Exactly one month after Port Robinson residents packed their community centre to question why their pedestrian bridge was blocked, a second public meeting was held, updating them on the pathway&rsquos progress.
Taking into consideration concerns ranging from residents&rsquo safety to turtles&rsquo nesting seasons, city staff has been pondering the best way to proceed, and decided to construct a temporary asphalt walkway&mdashabout 1.5 metres in width&mdash at a cost of $125,000.
A much smaller crowd attended the second public meeting Wednesday night, in which engineering manager Sean Dunsmore outlined the city&rsquos options.
&ldquoWe took the feedback from our last public meeting and identified that there is a need for a connection&rdquo from the south side of Port Robinson to the hamlet&rsquos hub, he said, where a park, restaurant and other services are located. He said that asphalt is the &ldquoeasiest, cheapest, and it accommodates wheelchairs.&rdquo
He also addressed Port Robinson resident Ron Devereux&rsquos concerns about construction destroying the area&rsquos nesting turtles, expressed at the previous meeting.
&ldquoWe&rsquove been talking to the NPCA and the Ministry of Natural Resources, and are thinking of creating a habitat for them so we can use that trail. We can see them starting to burrow into the road, so we&rsquore contemplating putting in a habitat for them. Our schedule for the temporary work is as soon as possible, but not interfering with the turtles. I believe their nesting season is in June, but haven&rsquot got clarification from the MNR on that, so we may do it immediately after that.&rdquo
Dunsmore has a contractor ready to do the work, and said construction of the walkway would take from three to four weeks. The next phase is &ldquoto go through the environmental process as to what to do with the bridge,&rdquo which means more public meetings will be held throughout the summer and fall.
Devereux said that building the temporary sidewalk along the lower shelf is &ldquoDoing a lot more work than you need to do. What happened to the one lane of traffic on the road with the traffic lights?&rdquo
It would be &ldquoabout double the cost to do the light scenario,&rdquo replied Dunsmore, referring to Coun. Jim Handley&rsquos suggestion made at the April 23 meeting to install stoplights and barriers to reduce traffic to one lane, forcing cars to slow down and make the road safer if pedestrians were rerouted to the busy street. That project&rsquos cost would range from about $250,000 to $275,000.
Asked, &ldquoWhy not just go ahead and get the bridge fixed?&rdquo Dunsmore said, &ldquoThat&rsquos going to take us two years,&rdquo so a solution is needed in the meantime.
He explained an environmental assessment isn&rsquot required to demolish the bridge, but acts &ldquoas a tool to help with decisions. The decision needs to be made as to whether we&rsquore going to repair the bridge or not.&rdquo
Dunsmore said the city is bound by the Environmental Assessment Act. &ldquoOnce we decide we&rsquore not going to tear down the bridge, we have to go through the process and further study, and we will absolutely do that. It&rsquos going to evaluate the option of rehabilitating versus replacing or demolishing it. All we&rsquore trying to do is create a temporary solution so that you aren&rsquot inconvenienced.&rdquo
Inviting residents to record all their comments in written forms provided at the meeting, Dunsmore said the city met with &ldquothree or four contractors,&rdquo and quoted the bridge&rsquos demolition at a cost of $400,000.
He added, &ldquoThere is opportunity for doing some structural rehab but that&rsquos going to be expensive, too. As a quick estimate from my experience, repairing is a half million (dollars). Replacing is in the $200,000 to $300,000&rdquo range, and rehab&mdashif done&mdashwould &ldquoprobably&rdquo take place next summer.
While some residents continued to argue that the bridge is safe to walk across, Dunsmore reiterated the city&rsquos position that the deteriorating support structures below &ldquothe relic&rdquo bridge make it unsafe.
&ldquoSomething has to be done to get you safely across the canal for the time being,&rdquo said Coun. Tim Whalen. &ldquoIt&rsquos a temporary and safe solution. The last thing we want is for someone to get hurt.&rdquo

Bargains, books, barbecue in Port Robinson

If you love a good bargain, Port Robinson&rsquos the place to be on the weekend of June 2 and June 3.

Garage sales spanning multiple homes in Port Robinson as well as the nearby Cooks Mills community will start bright and early at 8 a.m. and run&mdashregardless of the weather&mdashuntil 2 p.m. on Saturday.

On average, about 40 homes take part in the annual event, said Port Robinson Proud member Nancy Waters.

Volunteers from the Port Robinson Community Centre Board will also host a fundraising barbecue at the Centre Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as a book sale, offering &ldquoall the books you can carry in a bag&rdquo at the discount price of just $2 per bag.

On Sunday, all are welcome to attend a free community Pancake breakfast at the community centre immediately following the monthly Port Robinson Community Church service, led by Allanburg resident, Pastor Clint Sears from 11 a.m. to noon. The event will also feature children's activities and crafts.


Restricted parking pilot program in West Confederation

The fire department&rsquos inability to respond to a fire call has resulted in a restricted parking pilot program being created in the West Confederation community.

Narrow streets compounded with the problem of double-parking prevented fire trucks from getting through to a call last year, which created safety concerns, explained the city&rsquos Engineering Technician, Kory Yungblut.

At its May 15 meeting, Thorold council passed a bylaw to regulate parking and traffic related to restricted parking on various streets narrower than 7.8 metres in width, which will be enforced when all the signs are installed, said Yungblut, &ldquoprobably in the next one or two weeks.&rdquo

The city is in the process of distributing notices in the next couple days to inform residents who live within the pilot program area, he added.

&ldquoIt&rsquos a pilot program for now, and after a while, we&rsquore going to review it and see what other neighbourhoods&rdquo might require parking reduced to one side of the street.

Below is a chart outlining the affected streets.

Books are Thorold&rsquos biggest business


A city that was built on paper is now being carried forward by the book business.
&ldquoThe book business is here to stay,&rdquo says Book Depot CEO Wilf Wikkerink.
One might expect the CEO of the world's second largest book reseller to make these claims but Wikkerink has the facts, figures and success stories to back his assertion.
Most people envisioned the demise of books as the rolling waves of the digital age swept away newspapers, magazines, phone books, encyclopedias and television guides.
And while those reading e-books and online publications rose quickly in numbers, they have begun to recede at a substantial pace.
It&rsquos fitting that The Book Depot took over the abandoned paper mill on Front St. North in 2002. This city once relied on the paper industry as its key employer but now the Book Depot has grown into Thorold&rsquos biggest workplace. Today it boasts 210 employees with another 40 set to start later this month when a second shift is added.
The business buys remainder books from publishers and resells them online at www.bookdepot.com, through its own retail Book Outlet on Welland Avenue in St. Catharines, or back to original retail outlets like Chapters or Coles.
In an interview with ThoroldNews, Wikkerink said, "We've seen a marked decline in the amount of e-books sold in the last three or four years. They peaked at about 30 per cent of the overall revenue of a particular book. But that's been in decline and I believe the recent stats show that less than 20 per cent of books are read electronically."
In addition to the decline in e-readership, Wikkerink says they have grown through acquisition of other resellers and through automation. In 2010, the warehouse operation began to automate its sorting and inventory capabilities. They have invested nearly $1 million annually since then. Robots, scanners and an extensive conveyor system have greatly increased efficiency and freed up space.
You might expect automation to result in job reductions but the opposite has happened at the Book Depot.
"Automation helps with better utilization of space, allowing us to grow and so we need more people. When we use the space more efficiently, processing more books through the sorting machine, that drives up demand which means we have to pack and ship more books," explained Wikkerink. "All that means we still need lots of good people."
"In fact, up until two years ago, we sorted books manually. But that takes up a ton of space. It used to take up 50,000 square feet of our operation but automation has reduced that to 10,000 square feet. So we're sorting more books in a much smaller footprint."
And the growth doesn't end with automation. Last week they entered into a new chapter in their growth.
"We purchased the intellectual property of a small publishing house now making us publishers of children's books. This is new. As much as we have millions of books in this warehouse, we weren&rsquot previously publishers," explained the CEO.
"It's a milestone for us as a company. We now own content and we can create products. It's a new line of business for us and it opens up new opportunities here. Selling more books in the market place means we need more hands here to sell, to package the books, to ship them out, etc. Since it was an intellectual purchase there was no physical property but there are writers, creators, and illustrators who will stay with the business," he explained.
Wikkerink says, "We're all about physical books - that's the business we're in. We're good at it."
He concluded, "We're excited to be part of the Niagara community and providing employment to many people. We want to thank the many loyal customers who frequent our Book Outlet store in St. Catharines but also to our many, many loyal team members, some of whom have been here for many years. We have a lot of great people and great customers."

Buy meat, support a local athlete

Just in time for barbecue season, the Thorold Elite Track Club is selling boxes of Big Red Meats.

Coach and club founder Steven Fife said organizers of the fundraiser will accept meat orders until Friday, May 11. By e-mailing him at [email protected] or calling 905-348-2214, people can purchase 11-pound boxes of bacon, chicken fingers, burgers, and Lesters jumbo hot dogs for $45 each peameal bacon for $40 and breakfast sausage for $35. Orders will be available the following week.

The Thorold Elite Track club was founded in 2016 with the goal of increasing participation in the sport by creating a club for any and all athletes in track and field that was affordable and would remove some of the other potential barriers to participation, explained Fife.

The money raised from the meat sale will help fund equipment as well as defray the cost of competing at the Youth National Track and Field Championships in August in Brandon, Manitoba&mdashan event that will cost approximately $1,000 per athlete. Last year, five athletes from the club competed, including one who was selected to represent Team Ontario. This year, Fife said the club expects to have double the number of athletes qualify to compete among the best in Canada.

Although originally based in Thorold, the club welcomes athletes all across Niagara and currently has almost 50 members ranging from grade 3 to grade 12. Most athletes are in the grade 6-10 age group and range in skill levels from those who are new to training to those who have competed at the provincial or national level. The club offers training for all event groups in track and field, including sprints, hurdles, distance/cross country, jumping, and throwing.

Besides Fife, who coaches all the event groups, there are now four part-time coaches as well. As the club continues to expand, Fife hopes to further increase the coaching staff and raise funds to meet the growing group&rsquos needs and support future training and competition endeavours.

In addition to the meat sale, the club is holding an ongoing bottle drive. If you have any empty liquor cans or bottles you would like to donate, Fife asks that you contact him and a club member would be happy to pick them up.

More information about the Thorold Elite Track Club is available at www.thoroldelitetc.ca.

Serravalle Signs three-book deal


As a child, Dean Serravalle &ldquoused to secretly escape to the Thorold Library all the time,&rdquo drawn by his profound passion for literature.
Since then, the author has twice been nominated for the prestigious Journey Prize of Canada and The National Magazine Award.
&ldquoI used to cover the Raptors,&rdquo said the former journalist/sports writer, &ldquobut my first love is fiction.&rdquo
His first book, Reliving Charley, was published eight years ago, and tells the tale of &ldquosomeone who made a choice to live his life in reverse&mdashfrom old age to youth, retaining the knowledge he attained.&rdquo
Now 45, the Thorold native has just signed a new three-book deal.
The first, Chameleon (Days), was released last month, and Serravalle will be signing books at Coles Book Store at the Pen Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 26. Published by Now or Never Press in Vancouver, it&rsquos about &ldquoAn author who has a psychotic break,&rdquo Serravalle told the Thorold News, adding it&rsquos filed under the &ldquothriller&rdquo and &ldquoliterary&rdquo genres at Chapters.
Governor General Award-winning author Di Brandt calls Chameleon (Days) &ldquoAn extraordinarily ambitious and moving story. Gangster toughness and complex international military intrigue meet domestic sensitivity and the exigencies of familial love, all woven together with intense doses of self-reflexivity and shape-shifting of mythical proportions. A deep novel for our troubled time.&rdquo
Author Mark Anthony Jarman calls it &ldquoA high-concept tale spun with whimsy and empathy and stylish magic. Messengers and martyrs move through plain rooms and deserts and the cedars of Lebanon, and domestic worlds are spliced with larger worlds of international intrigue in a slippery narrative of stories within stories, exuberant and ambitious and beautiful.&rdquo
Serravalle described the novel&rsquos writing process as &ldquoDefinitely therapeutic. I was at a point in my life when one of my closest cousins passed from cancer and things started to spiral. I felt like I was kind of on the verge of a breakdown. Then I wrote this about a guy who chases a terrorist who had 23 surgeries to disguise his identity. It was a way of making sense of all the tragic things happening at that time. One of my sons has Downs (Syndrome) and I based a character on him in Chameleon (Days).&rdquo
The father of four kids, aged three, six, eight, and 14, Serravalle teaches English Literature at St. Michael&rsquos Catholic Secondary School, teaches poetry and songwriting at Niagara College, and freelances as a copywriter for his brother&rsquos realty business.
&ldquoI come from a business family. I had to keep up appearances by doing normal teenage things but I&rsquove always been an observer. My dad was pretty ambitious and his accident forced us to find our own way before we were ready to,&rdquo said Serravalle, adding the life-changing accident happened to his father when Dean was 21. Some parts of his books are based on real events, like when he &ldquoearned a fellowship but got poor grades for a while because my dad was sick.&rdquo
&ldquoYou dream a lot when you are in a small town and want something bigger. I&rsquom proud to say that I&rsquom from Thorold,&rdquo he said, adding it can be &ldquorisky writing certain things because people ask, &lsquoDid this happen to you&rsquo?&rdquo
To honour his contract, he&rsquos working on two more books&mdashincluding one coming out in the fall, called Lock 7, &ldquoabout a mercenary who has been away from his hometown and comes home after 20 years to attend his high school sweetheart&rsquos wedding.&rdquo
Next spring, he&rsquoll release Where I Fall, Where She Rises, published by Inanna Press in Toronto, about a journalist who gets kidnapped in Baghdad with a male reporter.

Thorold stands behind Adam

For more than four hours, the stream of cars didn&rsquot stop. Even when the raindrops started falling during the final hour or so of the fundraiser, people kept pulling into the Richmond Street School parking lot Saturday to get their cars washed in support of Adam Egerter.
The eight-year-old Thorold boy, who&rsquos been battling brain cancer, took his turn at the controls of the aerial fire truck, releasing a spray of water over the vehicles while an army of volunteers soaped and scrubbed.
&ldquoIt&rsquos been like this all morning,&rdquo said Tanya, Adam&rsquos mom. &ldquoInsane. Crazy. This is truly overwhelming that the community itself is rallying not just the fire hall but the community as well.&rdquo
She added that at one point, cars were lined up along Collier Road &ldquoalmost to Highway 58.&rdquo
&ldquoIt&rsquos a fantastic turnout,&rdquo said Terry Dixon, professional full-time firefighter from Station 1. &ldquoIt&rsquos been lined up like this since 10 a.m. Everybody from every station is here.&rdquo
Taking his turn selling hotdogs and drinks, &ldquoWe&rsquore making our third trip back to the grocery store,&rdquo Dixon added, to keep up with demand.
Thorold Fire Chief Brian Dickson called the event &ldquoA great outpouring of support from the community for The Thorold Fire Department. In our time of need, it&rsquos nice to see everyone come out to help us. It&rsquos been like a family event here. For me as the Fire Chief, it&rsquos great to see everybody pitching in, from full-time to volunteers, with their families. Nobody thought there would be this many cars.&rdquo
The fundraiser was held to help Tanya and her husband Jeramy with expenses since they&rsquore currently taking time off work to take their son to McMaster Sick Kids and Juravinski hospitals for his ongoing treatments.

Thorold opening for tourist season

The Tourist Information Centre is ready to show off its newly renovated facility, and is scheduled to open May 7.

The Chapel Street Centre has undergone extensive construction this winter, including a new deck along with a ramp and an accessible washroom for visitors.

In May, the Centre will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and visiting hours will increase to 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. starting June 4, continuing through the fall.

Historical walking tours highlighting Thorold&rsquos heritage will be available to visitors and locals alike.
&ldquoWe are publishing a new brochure of our designated buildings and objects to guide people,&rdquo Heritage LACAC Chair Craig Findlay told the Thorold News. The city&rsquos historically significant sites now number 50, he added, and a different walking tour is being developed by a private agent.
LACAC and Thorold&rsquos tourism committee are expected to meet next month to &ldquodiscuss apps and walking tour possibilities,&rdquo said Findlay. The two groups will also examine the Battle of Beaverdams Park in terms of &ldquoarchitectural design, to see what can be done with it.&rdquo
&ldquoHeritage Thorold has done well because of strong leadership,&rdquo said Findlay, naming recently-retired long-time LACAC volunteer Pam Minns, along with fellow board members and city councillor Michael Charron for helping Thorold to rise so prominently in heritage in recent years.
&ldquoRight now, our emphasis is heritage tourism, so we want to maintain our heritage character,&rdquo he stated. &ldquoSo many cities have lost it.&rdquo
&ldquoHendersons were pioneers,&rdquo said Findlay, remarking how owner John Henderson got the ball rolling by restoring his family pharmacy storefront to its vintage look years ago.
&ldquoWhen you think of a city, you think of its downtown, like it or not. Quaint sells and heritage sells. I have talked to so many people outside of Thorold who have come to see the Quebec Bank, which has been restored to its original authentic condition. &ldquo
He also credits Shannon Passero for bringing &ldquodestination shopping&rdquo to Front Street&rsquos former Post Office, now a women&rsquos retail store of the same name.
&ldquoThey worked with us every step of the way to keep its character.&rdquo Constructed in 1936 as a federal building, &ldquoThat&rsquos the anchor store and it&rsquos heritage,&rdquo he added. &ldquoIt&rsquos absolutely what we needed.&rdquo
After hearing rumours of its possible departure from Front Street, Findlay is glad the Summit Tavern is staying. Built in 1855, the building was called the British North American Tavern years ago, he said.
&ldquoNot a lot happened at one time downtown. Changing perception has happened by chance but it&rsquos been purposeful as well and I think it&rsquos the best thing that has ever happened. We&rsquore not a mill town anymore.&rdquo


Springtime Sexy

Bourbon Barrel Sexual Chocolate time is here – earlier in the year than ever before.

This year, for the first time, we’re releasing this NC Beer rarity in the spring, on Saturday May 21. We received a fresh batch of bourbon barrels late last year and, not wanting to wait to fill them, brewed a special batch of Sexual Chocolate just for barrel aging. And they’re ready.

It’s created sort of a perfect storm for this most sought-after of beers since we weren’t pulling a percentage of the overall yield for barrel aging, like we normally do, there’s a little more available this year than there has ever been – so much so we are upping the bottle limit for this year.

So if you’ve ever thought about coming to Sexual Chocolate Release, this is the year to do it. The release of this beer is one of the biggest parties on the NC craft beer scene. For those who’ve never come, and as a refresher for you veterans, here’s a few guidelines to having the best, um, Sexual experience:

– We always throw a Bottle Share Pre-Release Party on the Friday night before the Saturday event. On May 20th beginning at 7:00 pm-ish, we’ll open up the brewery in back of our brewpub at 638 West 4th Street in Winston-Salem for anyone who wants to come and hang out. Chef Shane puts out a terrific (complimentary) spread of appetizers. Price of admission is a bottle or two (or three or four) of something rare, unique or coveted in the craft beer world. Interpretation of that description is up to you but show up with a 6-pack of Shock Top and mocking is sure to ensue.

– The line to buy bombers (22-oz. bottles) starts on the sidewalk outside the front door of the pub. You’re welcome to queue up any time after we close at 2:00 am the previous evening. Hey, for once you don’t have to actually go home at closing time.

– City police officers will be on hand overnight. This will no doubt prove unnecessary, since we all know what a well-behaved and chill crowd craft beer drinkers are. #lookingatyou

– There’s a rumor that those nice officers will let you enjoy your own refreshments until daylight. We can neither confirm nor deny . . . we will, however, refer you to the aforementioned good behavior.

– There will be portable restroom facilities in the back parking lot. You’re welcome.

– Around 7:00 am our way-too-cheerful-for-this-early-on-a-Saturday staff will begin distributing numbered wristbands that denote your place in line. (Captain Obvious says make sure you have your ID with you.)

– The pub opens at 8:00 am. BBA Sexual Chocolate will be tapped and waiting. We’ll also have breakfast available for purchase. Actual food, not beer. Not judging, just saying.

Bottle sales commence at 9:00 am. You’ll be summoned by your wristband number in groups of 50. Bottles are $20 each, limit 12 per person . Any questions about that? Then the answer is 20 and 12. And yes, that is a one-time increase on the bottle limit, thanks to our terrific yield this year. We take all forms of payment — cash, credit cards, first born . . .

IMPORTANT: Bottles and draft both tend to move quickly. Please plan accordingly. If you show up and complain bitterly that there’s none left, you will only create bad karma for yourself. That and the staff will be doing impressions of you until next year’s release. Also, please do not ask us on Facebook or Twitter what time you should get there to get bottles. WE DON’T KNOW. Every year is different.

ALSO IMPORTANT: if you’re getting your limit, then we’ll have a box for your beer. If not, we will not have a lot of extra boxes or bags – that would uncomfortably expand our carbon footprint. Please bring something to safely cart away your newly purchased liquid treasures. How big? About (insert number you’re buying) bottles big.

– In the history of mankind, there have never been growler fills of BBA Sexual Chocolate. That trend will continue.

– We’ll have some nifty Sexual Chocolate Teku glasses for sale, $15 each. No limit. Buy a case if you want.

Stay up to date on all the latest leading up to the event by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Also check back to this blog, we’ll update it frequently with new info. In fact I just added this sentence.


Firestone Walker Announces Generation 1 IPA – Limited Release

If you want to get noticed in today’s craft beer World, you can’t rest on your laurels. You’ve got to continue to innovate and keep coming out with new and interesting beers to keep the buzz going. Firestone Walker Brewing Company understand this and it’s part of the reason they retired their Proprietor’s Reserve Series of beers – which included Opal (Dry Hopped Saison), Wookey Jack (Cascadian Dark Ale) and their wildly popular Double Jack Imperial IPA.

Around the same time they retired the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, Firestone Walker proceeded to release two new series of IPAs: The Luponic Distorion Series (Currently on #6) and the Leo v. Ursus Series (which consists so far of Fortem and Adversus). Now, Firestone Walker is preparing to release a new,limited-release IPA named Generation 1 IPA.


This $27 Nordic Ware Pan Is the Secret to Making Baked Goods Look So Much More Special

Even if you’re not a contestant on The Great British Baking Show, home bakers know that presentation is just as important as flavor, especially when you’re serving up something special for loved ones. One easy way to make baked goods look fancier than they really are is to buy a decorative baking dish—just like grandma used to have. Of course, you won’t want to sacrifice practicality for design, so we suggest checking out some of Nordic Ware’s top-notch decorative bakers, like this wildflower loaf pan you can get on Amazon.

It’s no secret Nordic Ware is a favorite bakeware brand among Southern Living editors. One food editor says the brand makes the best sheet pans, and even more writers have been paying attention to its best-selling bundt pans. Now, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Nordic Ware find: a wildflower loaf pan that makes average cakes and breads look store-bought from the bakery.

The aluminum toffee-colored pan measures 10-by-10-by-1.5 inches and can hold up to six cups of batter. Because it’s made of aluminum, you can expect it to heat evenly, remain durable, and clean easily, just like Nordic Ware’s other customer-favorite bakeware.

It also features an arrangement of ferns and flowers on the bottom so when your loaf is baked you can flip it out of the pan to reveal a gorgeous spring design. Whether you’re making banana bread, lemon loaf, or a sweet cake, this pan makes even the most basic recipes look elevated.

Buy It: $27.23 amazon.com

Hundreds of Amazon shoppers have made eye-catching desserts in their Nordic Ware wildflower pans (just take a look at the photos in the review section to see for yourself). Many say it’s sturdy, nonstick, and turns out decorative loafs nicely.

“I have a wonderful recipe for a cake-type bread and wanted a special pan to use when making this recipe for gifts,” one reviewer wrote. “The results were amazing. The pan is so well made and balanced that the cake was perfectly browned, and after cooling on a rack, it slid easily from the pan with not a crumb left in it.”

For special occasions or everyday bakes, the pan instantly takes any recipe to the next level. “The design is beautiful,” said another shopper. “Overall, it’s a great way to upgrade a traditional loaf cake.”

With Mother’s Day (and the brunches that tend to come along with it) just around the corner, now’s the time to add Nordic Ware’s wildflower loaf pan to your collection. Pick one up from Amazon today.