What To Do

special events
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, 1 Paul Shaffer Drive, 684-4444. Toll free 1-800-463-8817 or order online www.tbca.com.
• Shrek, the Musical, Feb. 4 & 5.
• Yuk Yuks, Feb. 9.
• Diana Krall, Feb. 17.
• The Tenors, Feb. 22.
Fort William Historical Park, 473-2344 or 473-2333. Explore life in the Canadian fur trade. Visit: www.fwhp.ca, or e-mail: info@fwhp.ca. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• David Thompson Astronomical Observatory: Starwalk weekly evening program every Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30-9 p.m. Adults $10; seniors, students, youths 6-12, $8; kids under age 6, free. Call 473-2344.
• Junior March Break Day Camp, March 11-15, for ages 7-9 years. Exciting games, activities & unique crafts demonstrating how people coped with winter in 1815. Learn about War of 1812 soldiers & animal tracking. Enjoy a puppet show featuring endangered species.
• Senior March Break Day Camp, for ages 10-12 years. Make a craft, explore the wilderness on snowshoes, visit the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, and practice drills with War of 1812 soldiers. Aboriginal legends shared around the fire.
• Seasonal Walking Tours & Artisan Workshops available by group reservations. Call 473-2344 for more information.
• Bookings available for conferences, banquets, education, and community programs.
• Voyageur Winter Carnival, Feb. 16-18.
Gammondale Farm Family Fun, 475-9609. Visit www.gammondalefarm.com or email: farmfun@tbaytel.net. Located at 426 McCluskey Drive, 4 km west of Hwy. 61 about 15 km south of the Thunder Bay airport.
• Birthday parties, school tours, reunions, corporate and community events.
Bird Identification Workshop, hosted by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, with Dr. Nick Escott, Thursday, 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial Building (3rd floor), of Lakehead University, Room CB 3013 (biology lab). Parking is free in the evening on campus (Lot 5 off Oliver Road is closest). This workshop is for beginning birders. A power point presentation will cover visual identification and the calls of many of the birds seen in our area. Two field trips to consolidate the skills learned will follow in May and June. A fee of $5 ($10 for non-members) will be charged at the door to defray workshop costs. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call Dr. David Legge at 983-2155.
Parent Expo, Saturday at the Slovak Legion, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This Parent Expo is a combination of a children’s yard sale (same as a Mothers Market) & home-base/small businesses. Interested in renting a table, call, text or email Michelle at 629-7850 or mypizzi@shaw.ca. Doors open at 10 a.m. sharp. Admission is $1.
Free Winter Fundays, in the Festival Area of Prince Arthur’s Landing, every Sunday, 2-4 p.m. until March 17. Get a little active outside this weekend and enjoy some fresh air at Prince Arthur’s Landing. Info: 684-2060 or visit: www.thunderbay.ca/events.
Lakehead Conservation Foundation Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction 2013, tickets are on sale now. Event will take place, Thurs., Feb. 7 at The Da Vinci Centre. Tickets are $50, which includes a meal, and can be purchased directly from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority office at 130 Conservation Road, or call 345-2377. The evening will feature a fantastic live and silent auction, as well as several draws. All proceeds are donated to the LRCA Environmental Education Programming, in an effort to help educate school groups, community groups and the general public about the importance of conservation and why it is vital to have a healthy respect for, and understanding of, the natural would around us. Info: Phil 345-2377.
Kaministiquia Winter Carnival Days - A Tribute to Farming & 18th Annual Poker Run, will be held, Fri., Feb. 8, 9 & 10 at the Kaministiquia Community Centre, Hwy. 102, 25.5 km west of County Fair Plaza. Fri., Feb. 8: variety show featuring skits, music & song, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $1; Sat., Feb. 9: poker run, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., car or snowmachine run, or family ski run. Canteen open 12--5 p.m. prize presentation after 4 p.m. Entry fee $5 per hand. First prize is half the pot. Penny auction, door prizes & more; Sun., Feb. 10: pancake breakfast, 9-11 a.m., activities during the day, 12-4 p.m. Rubber boot throw, chuck a puck, pole guess, log saw, nail hammering, surprise draw & penny auction. All are welcome to come out for a weekend of fun.
A Winter Day of Gardening, hosted by the Thunder Bay & District Master Gardeners: Prairie-grown Asian Trees Could Green Your Neighbourhood, Sat., Feb. 9 at Confederation College, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Can the global economy impact the trees in our city? It can, and likely is, according to Rick Durand, the research coordinator for the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Durand will visit Thunder Bay to discuss early results of prairie tree trials that may guide Thunder Bay arborists and horticulturists in diversifying our urban forest. Durand will also discuss new trends in perennials, roses and shrubs. Gardeners of all experience levels will benefit from this high-calibre gardening event. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call Ralph at 767-2331 or LInda at 345-1103 for tickets. You can also visit: http://tbmastergardeners.homestead.com.
All Ages Show, Sun., Feb. 10 with JP Cormier at the Murillo Community Centre, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance, available at Wilson’s Store in Murillo, and in Thunder Bay at Calico Cafe on Bay St., PC Medic on Victoria Ave., and Steeper’s Tea on May St. There will also be some fundraising for the Underground Gym in Thunder Bay at the concert. For more information visit the artist’s website at www.jp-cormier.com.
Thunder Bay Farmers’ Market, Victoriaville, Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wilson Street Park, Saturdays, 9-11:30 a.m.
Thunder Bay Country Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CLE Dove Building. Over 70 local vendors. ‘We make it, bake it, grow it.’ Visit: wwwthunderbaycountrymarket.com.
Hillcrest Marketplace, open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Thunder Bay Centre of Change (formerly Hillcrest High School). Produce, baking, jewellery, home businesses & more. Free admission. 2nd entrance off Van Norman & Duke St. Info: 629-6556.

art
Art by Marilyn Morton. Landscapes, still lifes, abstracts & collages in oil, watercolour & ink. There are local scenes and scenes from distant places. Most are framed and ready to hang. Come by and enjoy. By appointment. Call 1-807-577-7347.
Baggage Building Arts Centre, located in Marina Park beside the Skate Park and across from the Splash Pad. Winter hours: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 12-4 p.m. Info: 684-2063. Visit: www.thunderbay.ca/artscentre. Gift Gallery hosts a selection of locally created artwork, textiles, stained glass, jewellery, soaps, lotions, books & woodworking.
• Local artist Lynne Lindsey will hold an exhibit for the full month of February. Works will include landscapes, florals, streetscapes, etc. in oils and acrylics. Meet the Artist, Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
• Free Family Day event, Mon., Feb. 18.
• A Superior Experience - BBAC Members Art Show, until March 28. Members of the gift gallery’s work will be showcased throughout the Arts Centre as well as at a fashion show and coffee house. Call the centre or visit the web site for more details.
• Life Drawing, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Adults only.
• Afternoons in the Arts with Willow Springs, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., until March 6.
• Arts for Youth with Willow Springs: ages 6-10, Saturdays, 12:30-2:30, until March 9; Ages 10-14, Sundays, 12:30-2:30, until March 10.
• Watercolour with Biljana Baker, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., until Feb. 16.
Biljana’s Art Gallery, 454 Ryerson Crescent. Come visit Biljana at her studio and see original watercolour paintings, reproductions, note cards, calendars and more. Call 577-7077 for your personal appointment.
Chenier Fine Arts, the purple gallery at 8 S. Court St., located in the Waterfront District. Info: Debra 346-0409. Visit: www.chenierfinearts.ca. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Open by appointment. Free admission.
• Visit Chenier’s Window Galerie and enjoy Mellow Yellow, a display of art using 2013’s forecasted color of the year. See small figurative bronze sculpture by local artist John Books and come in to the gallery and please touch John’s sculpture.
• New life drawings/watercolors by local artist Ron Vilim.
• New paintings of ballerinas by Kenora artist Pippi Johnson.
• New chlorite and 32” wonderstone abstract sculptures by local artist Jason Nelson.
• New portrait/abstract paintings by Lina Vandal and Paule Lagace.
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, lower level of former Eatons Bldg., 250 Park Ave., 344-3814. Visit: www.definitelysuperior.com. Tues.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. Admission by donation.
• Gallery 1 - Groundwork - Ann Clarke - New Exhibition of paintings - Regional/International, until Feb. 9.
• Gallery 2 - Redux 13 - Canadian Contemporary ARtists - International - Art Collection - Dr. Bob Chaudhurl, until Feb. 9.
• Gallery 3 - Creator Project Video Screenings - International, until Feb. 9.
Gallery 33, 33 S. Cumberland St. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & Sat., 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call 286-4233 or email: gallery.33thunderbay@gmail.com. An art gallery focused on displaying all of the amazing local artistic talent that Thunder Bay has to offer. Currently displaying over 60 different local artists and artisans. Two group exhibitions for January - Lakehead Visual Arts and The Water Colour Society. As always, it’s free to come and have a look at some of Thunder Bay’s amazing talent.
Lake Superior Art Gallery and Studio, 605 E. Victoria Ave. in Victoriaville Centre. Open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday or by appointment. Call 622-7573 or visit: www.LakeSuperiorArtGallery.com.
• Large selection of woodland art by regional First Nation artists.
• Peter Humeniuk - watercolour masterpieces of the many moods of Lake Superior.
• Photography & mixed media, including landscapes, still life, nature, portraits & abstracts.
Local Colour Art Gallery, now located inside the Picture Store at 269 Red River Road and also Intercity Shopping Centre. Local Thunder Bay & regional northwestern Ontario artists works on display and for sale. Info: 345-9989 or 622-9999.
• Paintings in oil, acrylic & watercolour
• Photography & mixed media, including landscapes, still life, nature, portraits & abstracts.
The Mystique of the North Gallery, features the art work of Evelyn Konrad. Visit the gallery to access a variety of original watercolour paintings, as well as prints and note cards. Visit: www.konradwatercolours.com. Visit the gallery anytime by appointment. Call 577-2155 or e-mail: hekonrad@shaw.ca.
Painted Turtle Art Studio Gallery, 33 S. Cumberland St. Open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays & 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit: www.paintedturtleart.com or call 344-4636 for more information.
• Walk a Mile, an exhibition of 70 watercolour paintings by Grade 7 & 8 students of Algonquin Public School, Feb. 2-March 30 with an opening reception, Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. Come by to see some of our young local artists of footwear. Some very, very impressive artwork is on display.
The Pictograph Gallery (Atikokan) presents, Pictograph Gallery Christmas Market, products from local artists & crafters, until Saturday. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 12-3 p.m.
• Time Well Spent - Sewing, Quilting, Applique by Barb Wiens, until Feb. 9.
Satellite Studio, 12A St. Paul St., a community based artistic venture undertaken by Carol Kajorinne & Rachel Vandenassem. Together the two artists strive to create original works in a variety of mediums while also offering classes for children & adults. For more information call 708-4612.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Confederation College campus. Info: 577-6427 or visit the website at www.tbag.ca. Admission: adults $3, seniors & students $1.50, gallery members & children under 12 years are free. Free admission Wed., sponsored by the John Andrews Foundation. Open Tues.-Thurs., 12-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 12-5 p.m.
• Exhibition: Carl Beam, until Feb. 24.
Window Light Photo Gallery, 581 Boundary Drive, west off Hwy. 61, Saturdays & Mondays only, or by appointment. A display of photography portraying the beauty of Northern Ontario & Lake Superior. Info: Susan 628-2772 or visit: www.susandykstra.com.