#BurlON til March 13

March is here and while it may not seem like it with the weather, spring…

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#BurlON til Nov 14

There is always lots going on in #BurlON. We just had a very exciting weekend…

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Mother’s Day 2017

Mom, Mother, Mama…they go by many names and on Sunday May 14th we’ll be honouring them…

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Town seeking public input on future plan for active transportation in Oakville

Friday, June 17, 2016 – for immediate release

Town seeking public input on future plan for active transportation in Oakville

Share your ideas. Public workshop on June 22, 2016

Do you walk, bike, or even skateboard? Then you’re using active transportation. The town is updating its Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) and needs your input in shaping the future for walking and cycling in Oakville. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas online or by participating in an interactive public meeting and workshop on June 22, 2016.

“Council is committed to expanding our path system and supporting convenient, healthy alternatives for residents and visitors to get around Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re asking community members to help us build a long-term blueprint for active transportation by sharing their innovative vision and new ideas with the town.”

The town’s ATMP was first introduced in 2009 to respond to the need for an improved network of active transportation routes, and to ensure the town is a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly community for various user groups. Since then, the town has adopted supportive policies and implemented over 185 km of bike lanes, multi-use trails, signed bike routes and sidewalks.

Seven years later, it’s time for Oakville to update its ATMP to assess what’s been done, what still needs to be done, and priorities for the future. The update will cover a number of areas including: safety, environmental benefits, outreach, education, infrastructure and design standards.

The June 22, 2016, meeting will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a brief presentation followed by interactive and engaging activities meant to gather your thoughts on existing and future infrastructure and outreach programs.

The town is also offering two other ways to provide input:

An online questionnaire where you can answer questions about your current cycling and walking habits, the types of routes you like and what you want to see improved.
An online mapping tool where you can identify current walking and cycling routes that you think need to be reviewed, or routes that are not in the current 2009 ATMP that you would like to see considered as part of this update.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know before June 17, 2016 by contacting Chris Clapham at 905-845-6601, ext. 3306, (TTY: 905-338-4200), email chris.clapham@oakville.ca or fill out our accessible online feedback form

The ATMP update builds on the success of the town’s approved Transportation Master Plan, Switching Gears. Visit the Active Transportation Master Plan page to learn more.


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A look for every occasion

It looks like summer has finally arrived and fashionistas that want a look for every occasion are in luck, Mapleview Centre has your style needs covered.  Last week I headed out to meet some of the style experts at Mapleview Centre … Continue reading →

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Town seeks input to ensure culture continues to thrive in Oakville

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – for immediate release

Town seeks input to ensure culture continues to thrive in Oakville

Share your ideas at June 2, 2015, public meeting or through online survey

The Town of Oakville is updating its Cultural Plan and asking for the community’s help to determine the future role of culture in Oakville. Members of the public are invited to share their ideas at a public meeting on June 2 or through a short online survey.

“Community input is critical to ensure a long-term sustainable approach to culture,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and have your voice heard.”

The town’s first cultural plan, Enabling Culture to Thrive in Oakville: Oakville’s Strategic Directions for Culture, was based on two years of consultation, research and community collaboration. Since its introduction in 2009, significant progress has been made to support arts and culture, most notably the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, a dedicated arts and cultural facility and the Downtown Cultural Hub Study that is exploring opportunities to create a cultural and performing arts space downtown.

“The cultural landscape in Oakville has changed significantly and we’ve made great progress building on the many forms of culture that exist within the community,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Now we’re asking for the public’s help to build on that momentum so that culture continues to thrive well into Oakville’s future.”

The June 2 public consultation meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre at 2302 Bridge Road. Those planning to attend are asked to register by emailing sarah.douglas-murray@oakville.ca.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting but interested in providing input are encouraged to do so through a short online survey.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know by May 26, 2015 by contacting Sarah Douglas-Murray at 905-845-6601, ext. 3007 (TTY: 905-338-4200), sarah.douglas-murray@oakville.ca or by filling out the accessible online feedback form.


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Oakville Museum hosts 2014 Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

Monday, July 21, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum hosts 2014 Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

A celebration of history, courage and freedom on August 4, 2014

The Oakville Museum, in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, invites everyone to celebrate a significant achievement in Canadian history at the annual Emancipation Day Family Picnic on the grounds of Erchless Estate on Monday, August 4, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The special annual event commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. The Emancipation Day picnic dates back to 1850, when African Canadians from across the nation would gather at Oakville’s George’s Square to honour their journey to freedom.

“The port of Oakville was a gateway to freedom via the Underground Railroad,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This annual event is a welcomed opportunity to celebrate our town’s rich history.”

The free afternoon will feature music, dance, games, crafts and activities highlighting Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry to Canada.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic lunch or purchase delicious Caribbean food from Jerk + Ting. Enjoy lakeside performances by Tsingory Dance, the Hope Gospel Choir, Drums et al, and singer Geraldine DeFoe. Bring a drum and be part of the drum circle!

Join the Black History Bike Tour!

On the morning of the picnic, Cycle Oakville, Halton Environmental Network, Ecopartners and Whole Foods Market (Oakville) are hosting a Black History Bike Tour for individuals and families who are interested in a leisurely tour of historic sites that help tell the story of Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad. A 10-stop guided tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Taste of Colombia on Bronte Road. A shorter family bike tour will begin at Whole Foods Market on Cornwall Road at 10:45 a.m. and will feature a kids’ ride and face painting. Both tour groups will combine at Whole Foods for a barbecue lunch, then continue touring the remaining historic sites before reaching the final stop at the Emancipation Picnic. Participants will also be able to tour the Underground Railroad Exhibition at Erchless Estate. For more information, and an overview of Oakville’s Black History Bike Tour, visit the Cycle Oakville website.

Oakville Museum

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is located at 8 Navy Street in downtown Oakville and is easily accessible by foot, bike or public transit. Visit the Oakville Transit website for routes and schedules.

For more information on this event or other Oakville Museum programs and activities, visit the Oakville Museum page or call 905-338-4400.


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Oakville Museum presents 50 Shades of Black summer exhibition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum presents 50 Shades of Black summer exhibition

A dramatic display of 50 historic dresses from the museum’s costume collection

The Oakville Museum’s exciting new exhibition — 50 Shades of Black — will open for public viewing on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the Main Gallery at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, with a special opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall.

“The opening of this exhibition will kick off a broad array of great cultural events in Oakville this summer for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to take in this culturally-rich collection in the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.”

The collection, which includes 50 black dresses from the past 150 years, allows visitors to explore the historic journey of the grand dame of fashion colour from mandatory mourning garment to the fashion industry’s darling little black dress. Every dress in the exhibition has a story to tell about its origin, its owner and their shared adventures.

“How and when we wear the colour black has evolved through time; black can take you anywhere today,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections for the Oakville Museum. “This exhibition will take visitors through the changing symbolism of the shade in women’s clothing while sharing the story of why each featured dress became iconic in the Oakville community.”

The opening reception on June 26, 2014, will feature formal remarks, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Oakville Museum at 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca.

Be part of the exhibit!

Residents are encouraged to submit their own “My Black Dress Story” to the Oakville Museum for a chance to win an Oakville Place gift card. Send stories and photos to MyStory@oakville.ca, tweet @oakville_museum, or post on the Oakville Museum Facebook page.

The 50 Shades of Black exhibition runs until September 14, 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road.

Visit the Oakville Museum page for details.


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Local talent shines at Tune Up Music Night!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – for immediate release

Local talent shines at Tune Up Music Night!

Solo artists and bands will perform as part of Oakville’s Youth Week celebrations

Get ready to rock! On Saturday, May 3, 2014, local youth music acts will perform at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre’s Black Box Theatre as a highlight of this year’s Youth Week celebrations in Oakville.

Eighteen bands and solo artists auditioned for the show’s final line-up which will feature local youth ranging from 12 to 19 years of age. The judging panel, including Recreation and Culture department staff and local youth, has chosen the following performers for Saturday’s show:

Modern Beat (band)
Nick Bellingshausen
Robin Scheffler
Sophia & Luke (duets and solos)
Abbey McKay
Ian de Souza
Amy Kim
Paulina Morgan
Cliona Duah
The Problem Dog’s (band)
KNHO (band)

Tune Up Music Night takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. Oakville youth, aged 11 to 19, who have a Youth Week passport will be admitted for free.

Youth Week runs May 1 to 7, 2014, and is an annual event featuring lots of free activities and prizes for youth at community and youth centres across Oakville. Youth Week passports are available at any Oakville youth centre or community centre. For more information, please visit the Youth page.

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is located at 2302 Bridge Road.


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