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What's On, Newmarket

This weekend, drop in for a family art class, start your Christmas shopping, follow in the footsteps of William Lyon Mackenzie and the rebels of 1837, or take a walk with furry friends
Photo provided by Ontario SPCA

Bring some heart to your art

Family members of all ages (from age 6 and up) are welcome to Create Art with Heart tonight using a range of art materials and techniques at the Old Town Hall at 460 Botsford Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The session will feature different art-based activities and feature special guests, including local artists and storytellers. The program aims to build self-esteem and self-reliance for children, youth and adults. To register, go to or call 905-953-5313, ext.2844.

Stop and Shop Vendor Show supports IODE

Come out and browse, and you could even get an early start on your Christmas shopping at the IODE Holland Landing's 4th annual vendor show Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre at 200 Doug Duncan Drive. The proceeds go to IODE Holland Landing, a non-profit organization that has been helping local families, schools and those in need since 1987. Vendors include Ashley’s Awesome Eats, Becky’s Creations, Big Box Media, Epicure, Jamberry Nails, Thirty-One Gifts and many more. No admission charge. For more information, visit Facebook here

Rebel Heartland brings rebellion to downtown, Fairy Lake Park

Take a step back in time this weekend as Fairy Lake in Newmarket is transformed into a large-scale battlefield with rebels and militia skirmishing over the future of Upper Canada. Visit a military encampment, see costumed interpreters recreate early 19th-century life and be part of the action. The action kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday as "rebels" invade the Farmers Market and Main Street to recruit supporters. From there, participants will march to Main and Timothy streets to hear William Lyon Mackenzie’s speech. As the day goes on, there will be a prisoners march and escape, a capture and reward, a public hanging and a barn dance. More activities follow Sunday. The free, two-day event runs Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various downtown locations, including Fairy Lake Park, Water Street, RiverwalkCommons and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit here

Help animals in need on your Sunday morning walk with your dog

Join the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre for the Friends for Life! Walk Sunday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at 16586 Woodbine Ave. More than just a fundraising walk, the Friends for Life! Walk is a fun event offering a delicious breakfast, activities for the kids, dog agility competitions and a vendor marketplace. You don’t need to bring a dog or even own a pet to support animals in need. If you can’t make it to the walk, you can register to become a virtual walker and walk at your convenience. Register, $20, here 

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