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Don't be Home Alone this December!

The end of the year is fast approaching, but before we start contemplating our resolutions and pulling cards to see what’s around the corner for us, there is still much to do and see!

We came together as a community to support Kimberly Black before, and December 2 is an opportunity to do it again. Join Kim at Ontario Tech University’s Charles Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. for The Kimberly Black Craft Show. The event is a fundraiser to support the Kimberly Black Graduate Scholarship, which is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the Faculty of Education who are committed to issues pertaining to women, including health and wellness, safety, and career growth. This is a season where we come together to take care of ourselves and each other. What better way to support our community than to participate in this fundraiser?

For patrons of all things thespian, here’s what is going on locally. There is still time to see Oshawa Little Theatre’s (62 Russett Avenue) rendition of Elf the Musical. A family classic, watch as Buddy makes the New Yorkers believe in the North Pole and all its magic.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Mariah Carey isn’t the only Christmas album royalty. Check out Elvis - A Christmas Special on Sunday, December 10 at the Regent Theatre. The matinee features Pete Paquette crooning some of the king’s hits, such as Blue Christmas, Here Comes Santa Clause, O Come, All Ye Faithful, and many other traditional fan favourites.

The same day, Oshawa Feed the Need is also hosting a concert series, perfect for cuddle season. Get closer to your honey by taking in the musical stylings of talent from around Durham. One heavy hitter in the lineup is Cale Crowe, who you would remember from his performance at the Convergence Oshawa Festival. He’s back to continue delivering his crowd-pleasing vocals, perfect for a third date or preamble before days and days of smiling with the in-laws.

As the website boasts, “The Concert to Feed the Need is a presentation of the Rotary Clubs of Durham Region. It brings together award-winning musicians from across the Region in support of Feed the Need in Durham, which collects and distributes food to over 65 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs, and other social service agencies. Feed the Need in Durham provides over 1.5 million meals to Durham residents annually.” These are all stellar reasons to support this concert, come one come all.

If you don’t have the energy or will to wrangle the kids and get them into matching flannel pyjamas, with the dog wearing her antler headband, and gingerbread cookies baking in the background for the photo you'll send to the whole family, all your neighbours, and circulate it around the office so everyone -EVERYONE- can appreciate your effort, go to The Outdoor Gallery instead. This handmade winter wonderland promises many photo ops, with décor built and painted by Santa himself! Patrons will have 30 minutes to peruse Santa’s Cottage grounds. This event takes place until December 23, so your holiday card will be ready in time to show the whole family how much fun you had without them!

Don't miss out on the incredible photo opportunities at Santa's Cottage.

Once we’ve celebrated Kwanzaa, Channukah, and sang our last Feliz Navidad, it is time to end the year. Oshawa Celebrates its 100th anniversary on December 31 at the Delpark Homes Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be swimming, skating, entertainment, children’s activities, and more! The free event will also have crafts, a zoo, dinosaurs, and a ticketed magic show in the library.

Tucker the kids out before letting loose at the New Year’s Eve gathering that you and your friends have been looking forward to! Fionn MacCool’s (214 Ritson Road North) is having an NYE party featuring entertainment from The Wave, as well as drink specials and merch giveaways. Dance, sing, and be merry as we show thanks for all the ways we have been supported by friends, family, community, and another year of being together.

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