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If you want to do some charity, how will you feel doing so while enjoying yourself and having fun? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy and also help support over 21 Durham Region charities and community groups at the Pickering village United Church’s 16th tournament being held at the 4 Season’s Golf Club at Claremont.



There is nothing like enjoying the warm sun and lovely weather while playing at a charity golf tournament. You don’t get tired and your chances of hitting a birdie or par increase. And if you hit a Hole-in-One, there is nothing like it! In this charity event you are getting a chance to win $25,000 hole-in-one prize!

If that is not enough, hear this – the organizers are selling these hot tickets to participate in the tournament the price of which includes 18 holes of golf, shared cart, lunch, dinner and $35 tax receipt.

The event will take place on 19th June 2014 from 12-8 pm. For more information you can check here–mark-dailey-charity-golf-tounament/.


Pickering is a very vibrant part of Ontario, Canada, with all kinds of events taking place right through the year that cater to different interest groups. Perhaps you are sporty–well, there are all kinds of sports you can play or go to watch, depending on the season. Then, you will find all kinds of arts and crafts and hobbies that you can take up or that someone will demonstrate to a gathering.

If you have a mind that’s ticking away, wanting to do something different, Pickering might well be the home for it. In fact, there are two very interesting upcoming local events in Pickering scheduled for the near future in Pickering. Perhaps, you might like to join in and have some fun too?



The people of Pickering enjoy music–this statement is borne out by the huge crowds that you will be a part of at the Pickering Village JAM Festival (Jazz Arts and Music). A 10-year-old event in Pickering Village, what began as a jazz music festival has now extended to the arts too. It is now a weekend of the people of Pickering singing and dancing to all kinds of music genres like Rock n Roll, R and B, Blues, street music and hip hop. Others come to listen and cheer local talent. Jazz artistes from Toronto, known for its contribution to jazz, will also feature some of its talent here.

There are also traders selling their wares and the whole atmosphere is festive and fun.

Pickering is a fun place to be in, whether to live or to dine in or to enjoy the arts and music. If you do get an opportunity to come by, don’t pass it up.

Have been recently given the contract to cater to a select group of corporate honchos? Are you finding it intimidating or exciting? Corporate catering needs to be planned properly. However, before you roll up your sleeves and get to work, ask yourself what plan of action you have for this event. Are there any specific pointers you need to address to make a success of your corporate catering venture? Perhaps there are. What are they? Well, here are a few salient ones to get you going so that you meet the required levels of standard…

Find out the number of people you will be catering for every day. If you are catering for a special event for corporate staff, find out the type of event it’s going to be because the type of event determines the kind of food you’re going to serve. If it’s lunch you’re serving, a thumb rule is to make it lighter and simpler than dinner, and less formal too, but with lots of choices.



Speak to the office administrator and arrive at a firm decision about the budget for your catered food and extra for services. If you are going to do this on a daily basis, it will necessitate getting into a contract to protect you and your client. Ask for a deposit before you start work.

Get a confirmation from the office administrator on the kind of service the company expects. Do they expect a buffet or do they want waitstaff? Both these require different budgets so you will need to make up your budget.

Plan a menu that fits in your budget and which meets their expectations. Offer several menu plans to your client and allow them to choose, or mix and match. In all likelihood, you’d be doing a buffet, which will include cold cuts, sandwiches, salads and side dishes. However, if you’re going to give them table service, your menu could include soups and hot entrees.



Now that you know the numbers they want and the food they expect, put your team together. You need cooks at various levels with different specific talents. You also need staff to deliver the food, serve it and clean up afterwards.

Do you have enough crockery and cutlery? If you don’t, invest in it now. You will need plates, dishes, cups, silverware and napkins. Though you may have the exact numbers in place, it always helps to have a few extra, just in case there are guests for lunch. For heating the food at the office premises, you’re going to need hotplates too and chafing dishes to keep the food warm. Besides, you will need cooking pots and pans to cook the food on-site.

Buy your stores in bulk from wholesalers that cater to caterers like you. All the chicken, meat, fish, spices, vegetables, canned foods and other supplies can easily be procured here.


Time your cooking so well that office staff are not delayed. No matter what you decide to serve, it needs to be piping hot and ready from the time you promise to serve. That’s because people at offices often eat in batches, so you need to keep everything ready so you don’t delay them. Ensure that your staff is attentive to the staff’s needs, as often they don’t have the luxury of having a leisurely lunch.

You and your staff should be attentive to the staff’s needs. Check if they enjoy your food or if they want something extra like salt, pepper, tomato ketchup, etc. If there are small niggling problems, tackle them with a cool mind.


There are several factors to consider before taking on catering for office staff. But once you gear yourself up by being organized, you’ve set yourself up for success.

Heritage Day Celebration

Heritage Day Celebration

Heritage Day Celebration

Heritage Day Celebration

This February 22, 2014, the Pickering Advisory Committee on Diversity will be hosting a Heritage Day Celebration at the Pickering Town Centre. This event promises to be a dynamic celebration of Pickering’s rich heritage and cultural diversity as in previous years. It features performances and displays aimed at bringing the community together to celebrate diversity, heritage and culture. This is the day where people with different cultures gather together to celebrate this event.

If you are interested in this event you may call Tanya Ryce, (Acting) Supervisor, Culture & Recreation at 905.683.6582 ext. 3603 by January 9, 2014.  Selected participants will receive confirmation in January 2012.

Everyone may join this annual Heritage Day Celebration which starts at 11:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.

Seedy Saturday Garden Expo Pickering

Seedy Saturday Garden Expo Pickering

The annual Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo from Pickering Museum Village is back! It will be held on Saturday , Feb 15th at 11:00 am – 4:00pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex in the East and West Salons. It is organized by Bloomers & Britches Heritage Gardeners.

It will once again be a fun and festive afternoon at the Pickering Recreation Complex. There you can see all the different options for planning your spring garden as well as meet some local artisans and see their work.

Registration fee for vendors are $20, general admission is $3 and there is plenty of free parking. Currently Bloomers and Britches are looking for vendors and participants, if interested contact Mandy Smiles of Pickering Museum Village at 905-420-4660 extension 3715.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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