Yeah stage 2 is cool. But have you moved to stage 3 with the rest of the province?

TL;WR for July 13 through July 19, 2021

What to do.

Tuesday, July 13

Take a tour of the Cambridge Butterly Conservatory with your Kitchener Public Library. Tuesday, July 13 at 1 p.m.

ProductTank Waterloo has Mike Adams, founder and CEO of Grain talking about their journey to product market fit. Tuesday, July 13 at 6 p.m.

Waterloo Public Library has author and artist Maria Sayde Hraiki introducing you to the art of Blackout Poetry - literary and visual pieces made by blacking out pages of already existing text. There is an option to pick up a kit for this program, or use materials you may already have around your home. Tuesday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

CAFKA Summer Reading Series: White Elephant Edition presents A Space for Race. University of Waterloo Professors Kathy Hogarth and Wendy L. Fletcher’s book A Space for Race critically examines and explores ongoing tensions, challenges, and inconsistencies around race relations embedded within policy and practice in Canada, and engages with history in a way that challenges the historical records that has informed our imaginings of belonging. Tuesday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14

What happens after the your green bins, blue bins, and trash are picked up? Join your Kitchener Public Library for Trash Talk, interactive presentation from Kathleen Barsoum, Waste Management Coordinator for the Region of Waterloo. She'll talk about pandemic related challenges, bust some common myths, and answer your questions. Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 15

uXwaterloo’s welcomes Ruth Kikin-Gil, Senior UX Designer at Microsoft. Kikin-Gil will be presenting “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”. She’ll explain why designing AI products responsibly is important, and clarify when to practice it, why should designers care, and what can you do to start tomorrow. Thursday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

The man, the myth, the legend, Chef Nick brings you “Butcher’s Block 101”. Explore different cuts and different cooking methods as well as some unique and easy accoutrements to adorn each beautifully prepared steak. Thursday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Kitchener Panther’s baseball is back with your Panthers taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Jack Couch Park. If they’re anything like the other Leafs, you know how this one will go. (Don’t get mad, we’re Florida Panther fans here.) Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Weather and COVID-19 may affect game time)

Trivial.Soup and IdeaExchange have a Disney Virtual Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m.

CAFKA presents BIG IDEAS in Art and Culture Lecture Series featuring Kathy Hogarth. This talk explores how race is represented and often misrepresented through various forms of arts and questions the role of arts and culture in advancing race relations in todays society and context. Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

The Uptown Waterloo Night Market is back starting this Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Join them Thursday evenings in the Communitech Data Hub parking lot (old police station next to Taco Farm) parking lot (Dupont and Albert Sts.) to shop from some amazing local food and artisan vendors.

Friday, July 16

Live music at the Duke? Yes please.

Saturday, July 17

Celebrate Eid al-Adha – the Feast of Sacrifice – with Waterloo Public Library. Eid Al-Adha is a time of devotion, kindness, and sharing observed by Muslims worldwide. The library team will be joined by their friends from the Coalition of Muslim Women to mark this Eid al-Adha with an afternoon of stories, crafts, and trivia. Saturday, July 17 at 12 p.m.

Click your heels three times and repeat after us…”There’s no place like Uptown. There’s no place like Uptown.” Princess Cinemas and Create Waterloo have an outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz at 8:30 p.m.

Happy 3rd birthday Fore Quarter Butcher Shop!

Monday, July 19

Join Kim Muskratt of the Hiawatha First Nations to learn about Medicine Wheel Gardens. Medicine Wheel Gardens are great way to connect with the healing power of nature, which is especially important in these difficult times. Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

BeccaHosts has 2000’s trivia - trends, fashion, tech, games, music, movies, sports, and more – at 8 p.m.

Ways to get involved locally.

Ever look at a building and think, ‘yeah, I could design better than that.’ Well, here’s your chance. Grab some markers or LEGO and design your ultimate tiny home in the City of Kitchener’s Backyard Home Design competition. Full details on their site.

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Byte Sized Co. and the Downtown Kitchener BIA have an awesome series profiling some of your favourite DTK businesses. Chapter 1 is all about the amazing food, drinks, and team at the Grand Surf Lounge on Ontario Street.

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Yet, giving drops significantly in the summer months. Thanks to a generous matching gift from Allan Bush of CIBC Wood Gundy, every dollar you give before August 31st will provide six healthy meals with the FoodBank of Waterloo Region’s Full Bellies campaign. You can give peace of mind to a child – and their parents – during the hot summer months.

Season 2 of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region’s She Is Your Neighbour podcast starts this week. Each episode explores the realities and complexities of domestic violence. You will hear real, raw stories from people of all walks of life. Each week, they address hard topics like the connection between addiction and abuse, how violence impacts South Asian communities, learning from domestic homicides, and more. 

Looking for a gift for the artist or writer in your life? Waterloo Region’s best pen and stationary store, Phidon Pens in Cambridge, has an amazing selection of pens, inks, sketch books, and more. They also have a 15% off sale on all in-stock Colorverse inks and notebooks. Sale runs from July 12 to Sunday, July 18. Check out their site for more info or visit them in Cambridge.

What to read.

Online sales allow Kitchener record store to spin an Encore (The Record)

The politics of the SRO program, and why it had to end (insideWaterloo)

Hyperlocal Travel: Eating And Art To Fill Another Summer Close To Home (Community Edition)

What’s Brewing This Summer? (Explore Waterloo Region)

MennoHomes partnership for affordable housing is now complete in Kitchener (Kitchener Today)

Former Kitchener charcuterie reinvented with ‘elevated menu’ in Waterloo core (Waterloo Chronicle)