What to do.
Tuesday, June 15
Laurier Alumni presents Inspiring Conversations: Looking Back to Move Forward: Ensuring Indigenous Children Maintain Their Culture. Join this conversation to learn about the ways in which Indigenous people are working to help children to maintain their family relations, stay in community, provide psychological and social supports, develop programs within their territories and communities, and how everyone can be involved in this important work. Tuesday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to mend your own clothes to help keep loved items out of the landfill with Kitchener Public Library’s Repair-A-Thon at 6:30 p.m.
Looking to write the next great romance novel? Kitchener Public Library is hosting ImagineIt: Writing Romance a Creative Workshop with Farah Heron. This workshop will explore the craft of romance writing to help create believable, swoony, satisfying romance novels. Farah will cover the requirements of the genre and a discussion of all the subgenres, before diving into plot structure, setting, dialogue, scenes, and nailing the emotions to hook readers. Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 16
IdeaExchange invites you to Roman By The Book with Kayleigh Platz. This month, Kayleigh moderates a chat about The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. Wednesday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
SPECTRUM invites you to The Liberation Generation at 7 p.m. Join them for a panel of Rainbow elders answering questions from young LGBTQ2+ people. Moderated by MPP Laura Mae Lindo.
Thursday, June 17
The City of Kitchener has a virtual Strawberry Social at 6:30 p.m.
uxWaterloo hosts When Research Excludes with Meena Kothandaraman this Thursday at 12 p.m. Join Meena, co-founder of twig+fish as she shares where resource-poor research processes are not only vulnerable to neglecting the Black voice, but more likely to completely exclude it.
Join Kitchener Public Library for QueerKPL: Drag Then & Now to learn about drag history with special guests Russ Martin and Flare. Researcher Russ Martin presents and facilitates this program about the history of drag in Toronto & Canada. Russ will also be joined by internationally renowned drag king Flare to discuss where drag kings fit into drag history in Canada and beyond. Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
Join THEMUSEUM for Proud to Be, a variety show streamed right from THEMUSUEM for Pride 2021. Guests include TikTok Star and Canada’s Drag Race contestant, Kyne. From performances and activities, to cocktail demonstrations, you’re sure to find something for you as they celebrate LGBTQ2+ people in our community. Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 18
It’s Tacofest time! Order your tacos to go packages today for the event on Friday!
Saturday, June 19
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month at Kitchener Public Library with 85Green: Cooking with Chef Zerka. He’ll guide you through making Bannock, a type of fry-bread that is crispy golden on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
How well do you know Uptown Waterloo? Put you knowledge to the test with the Uptown BIA Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Clues start at 10 a.m. and your team has until 5 p.m. to submit your answers for chances to win some amazing prizes.
CAFKA presents Khadija Baker Performing Community Garden. Performing community garden is a participatory performance, and subsequent video work, where Baker employs story-telling and memories in a reciprocal relationship with community members. Wearing a hand-woven dress designed to hold a number of plants, Baker will share a plant with a name attached to it, with participants to take home with them. The names of the plants belong to primarily civilians who have been lost or displaced through violent situations as well as the names of survivors who have recently arrived in Canada.
Sunday, June 20
It’s Lando Day at Short Finger Brewing! Plus, you can grab some amazing food next door at Wooden Boat Food Co.
Ways to support local.
Cycling into the Future is raising funds to help get more kids riding bikes around Waterloo Region. They provide in-school instruction and supply bikes and helmets to those who can’t afford them. They’re holding a fundraiser from June 18-27 and the awesome folks at CycleWR have a team you can join – or create your own!
What to read.
The Side Hustle: Digital Disruptor, Anthony Ramsay (Community Edition)
Local podcast creators are connecting the community with interviews and more (Communitech News)
Land Back Camp returns, raises tipi at Laurel Creek (InsideWaterloo)