Bite-sized news at June 21, 2024

Art inspired by the Madawaska Valley

Taylor Farquhar from the @theartofoutside is a featured artist at @Madawaska Coffee Co in downtown Barry’s Bay. She’s got loads of originals up on the walls, and also prints for budget conscious art shoppers. You can enjoy her work with your coffee in the cafe from now until July 22.

Enjoy art while cooling off at the Library

The Madawaska Valley Public Library is a local cooling centre during this heat wave. While you cool off, you can enjoy art work by Michael Dombroskie, the Library’s featured local artist this June. He works in all sorts of mediums including oil, acrylic and alcohol, chalk pastel and acrylic on embossed paper. Michael’s work is meant to be an exploration of the power of colours, and the still life and and landscapes in this exhibit help to facilitate this exploration.

Help for job seekers at MV Public Library

The Community Employment Services hosts another pop-up session at Madawaska Valley Public Library on Thursday, June 27th from 1 pm to 3 pm. CES representatives can assist job seekers with finding work, preparing resumes, and more. To make an appointment call CES at 613-628-1700 or email

Strawberry Festival at Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre

 This annual event will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is $14 per person, $7 for children (children 5 and under are admitted free of charge). Ottawa Valley Historical Society members pay $12 per person. The family rate of $35 (two adults and two children) also continues this year. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the museum office or on the day of the event. You may pay with cash, debit, credit, and email money transfers to

Special Olympics Ontario announces host for 2025 School Championships

The 2025 Special Olympics Ontario School Championships will be held June 3 – 5, 2025 at St. Patrick’s High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3. The organisers said at yesterday’s launch that next year’s School Championships will welcome over 1,000 secondary student athletes and educators from across Ontario and Canada to Ottawa. During the school year more than 10,000 high school athletes will compete across the province to qualify to represent their school at the 2025 School Championships.

Special Olympics Ontario provides sport programs to over 20,000 individuals with intellectual
disabilities in over 100 communities and 200 schools across Ontario. Through the power of sports,
people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our
athletes inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of
human talents and potential.

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