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You are going shopping anyway so why not do this?

Bancroft Pregnancy CareI have recently been told of a program here in Bancroft that in my humble opinion is absolutely amazing. You can buy gift cards and support The Bancroft Pregnancy Care Centre … a win win!

How it works is you just purchase a card for the store of your choice (No Frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, or Foodland) from one of their pick up locations (Bancroft Pregnancy Centre, McMicheal Jewelers or Alice’s Pantry). You get the same value that you’ve paid for the card ($100 cash = $100 grocery card). The Pregnancy Centre receives 5% of the card value automatically. This is a huge help to them, since they rely completely on donations to keep their doors open, and it’s no extra money out of your pocket.

But if you think for a minute … it is an amazing budgeting tool as well. OK, I am going to come clean, it was actually Heather Johns that informed me of this program as she utilizes it herself in her work with clients. It is particularly helpful for people on a fixed income and people who like to spend money (which is all of us, right?) . Heck, they will be working great for me soon as I can be an impulse shopper.

With these cards, they make you think twice before tossing that extra bag on chips, or chocolate bar or…. into your cart. We all have a spending plan whether we realize it or not and sometimes can use that extra helping hand in order to to keep things on track.

My challenge to you is try it for one month (as I will be) not only are you supporting a great cause but you are also supporting yourself.

Urban Girl
xoxo

Community Partners Are Key

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CREATIVE PARTNERS: Claude and Beth Pepin and their local NoFrills store support the Bancroft Village Playhouse and Hospice North Hastings with the new event board that displays upcoming Playhouse shows. By becoming creative partners they support the Playhouse and also offer one more complimentary service to shoppers who now have up to date details on all the wonderful theatre events, concerts and films that are offered at our community theatre. Thanks to NoFrills for their support!

Submitted by Barb Shaw of Plan B

This Hour Has 22 Minutes Star coming to Hospice North Hastings

Cathy-Jones-Final-page-001-232x300Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones, is set to bring her one-woman show, “Stranger to Hard Work” to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Thursday, February 18.

In this new show, Cathy shares her unique perspective on a variety of topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. It’s a funny, thought provoking look at what she’s learned in life so far.

Master of a thousand voices, Cathy Jones is a Canadian television icon and an audience favourite for an unprecedented 25 years. She’s a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, past member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and has starred in every season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Cathy is as popular with her peers as she is with fans, winning an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see this Canadian icon in such an intimate setting,” says Playhouse Manager Heather Brough. “We can’t wait to see Cathy on our stage and because we like to get up close and personal with our favourite Canadian stars, we’ve invited Cathy to do a live audience Q &A right after the performance and she agreed!”

Tickets are now available at Hospice House, Posies, Harvest Moon or online atboxofficebancroft.com for $35 plus HST. This is a licensed event and all proceeds go to the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund. Please note, this is Cathy Jones so there is an “adult language” advisory in place.

Barbara Shaw

NowPlanB

613.334.4164

bjshaw@sympatico.ca

TIFF fans get your pass for here for the North of 7 Film Fest

TIFFfilmpass2Film fans across North Hastings can now purchase their seasons pass to the North of 7 Film Fest. The North of 7 Film Fest is operated in partnership with TIFF’s Film Circuit program and each month, between September and June, an independent film is screened at the Bancroft Village Playhouse. All proceeds from the Festival support programming provided by Hospice North Hastings, making the screenings a perfect example of caring through culture.

After the success of the 2014/15 season, Heather Brough had some tough decisions to make. As the Hospice Coordinator and Festival Programmer, she had to choose films that could live up to the standards of last year’s film selections.

“I think everyone will be really happy with these choices,” Brough said. “We’ve been running this festival for a while now so we have a pretty good idea what our audiences are looking for. The first four films are all sure to please.” Read More

Trip of a Lifetime

photo of winnersBetty and John Pilgrim enjoyed their trip of a lifetime to Ireland compliments of WestJet after Betty won the Gift of Flight at last year’s Fall Hike for Hospice. All hikers who raised $1,000 or more were entered to win this great prize. It was a great day for Betty to win because it was also her 80th birthday and her family joined her on the hike to celebrate. Visiting Ireland has always been a dream for Betty and we’re happy that this dream came true. Travelling with Betty and John were some much needed yellow Hospice umbrellas.

The Fall Hike for Hospice runs on October 4th and for those who raise $1,000 or more in pledges this year, Hospice North Hastings is offering a chance to win a one-week stay at an ocean front cottage in PEI.