Author: Jennifer Bieman

Whittamore’s Farm to close after one last season

  Markham’s farmyard, a summertime staple for more than 60 years, is bidding a fond farewell to the city that supported it for so long — but not without one last hurrah first. Whittamore’s Farm is closing to the public in November after one last action-packed season. “It was not an easy decision. My brother and I probably spent a couple of years talking about it,” said Mike Whittamore, co-owner of the farm. “We wanted to rebalance our lives… We were ready for a change. We needed a break.” The brothers talked about scaling back their summertime offerings and toyed...

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EMS Awareness Week

Sound the sirens and flash the lights, Paramedic Services Week is cause for celebration, stat!   York Region Paramedic Services is ringing in the annual awareness week – the 18th in its history – with dozens of events in Markham and beyond May 28 to June 3. Between open houses at stations and plenty of activity on social media, the public won’t have to search far to participate in the seven-day extravaganza.   “It brings together communities and paramedics to recognize the dedication of those who provide day to day lifesaving services on the front line,” said David Eeles,...

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Escape the next PA day

The Markham Public Library and Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) want you to get lost… in their pop-up escape room that is. For one day, the two organizations have banded together to set up the life-size, live-action puzzle in the Markham Village Library. They’re hoping students 10 and up will spend their Nov. 25 PA day solving their way out of the locked room, which will be filled to the brim with skill-testing puzzles and cryptic clues. “It’s become a really popular game right now in Toronto so we decided to have one in the library too,”...

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Have a dazzling time at Celebration of Hope

With a fashion show, trendy vendors and some haute cuisine to boot, philanthropy in Markham has never been this posh. The Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation is gearing up for a glamourous gala event Sunday Oct. 30—its 28th annual CIBC Celebration of Hope.   The highly-anticipated afternoon soiree is so much more than just a garden-variety luncheon. It’s part show, part award ceremony with giveaways, auctions, live entertainment, stirring speeches and nearly 50 boutiques for guests to peruse.   “The thing that we look forward to every year is seeing so many people come together for so many years for...

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Great adventures close to home

  Summertime is the best time to pack a lunch, hop in the car and enjoy the day. With day-trippers in mind, we rounded up a list of some stellar summer activities both near and far.   Ontario Science Centre: This summer, the centre has an exciting, limited-time exhibit they’re showing off — The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Kids and kids-at-heart can learn the science behind zombie ants, take a walk through a replica of a giant prehistoric snake and discover how circus performers swallow swords safely. Anyone who has a strong stomach for science can...

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