The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Planted atop 85 acres of open landscape, Western Fair District entertains visitors from near and far with year-round fair rides, concerts, and events. The not-for-profit organization bolsters the farmland knowledge of participants through agriculture exhibits such as a petting zoo, an interactive cow-milking area, and an animal maternity ward, where baby beasties cuddle with their moms and practice talking. Classrooms give way to fun zones with a ferris wheel, bumper cars, and demolition derby. Special events and shows delight and inform onlookers through music and activities, and all profits earned through Western Fair District's endeavours are reinvested into its grounds and products.
Sears Great Canadian Chill, a charity polar bear dip that raises funds and awareness for children?s oncology research and treatment, charges participants to brave shiver-inducing waters in the name of stopping kids? cancer cold. Event coordinators in Toronto and Ottawa partner up with chillers to participate in the frosty event and train for future careers as polar bears. All of the collected monies are sent to the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and evenly allocated to support local and national pediatric oncology initiatives. The Toronto Chill is in support of SickKids.
Since 2002, the Women's Lifestyle Show has gathered exhibitors, chefs, and entertainers from across the country to delight audiences with two days of female-focused activities. Rows of colourful exhibitor booths lavish wanderers with products and demonstrations by local spas and fashion boutiques, and the cooking stage grants glimpses of guest chefs sizzling and searing flavourful recipes to spark ideas for upcoming dinner dates, family meals, and tricks to teach robot maids.
The warm months of spring and summer bring plenty of reasons to celebrate for the citizens of London. One reason: East Park's Wally World Water Park opens, allowing guests to soar down its seven water slides, two speed slides, two mat rides. When not in the water, those same visitors can enjoy the good weather by playing mini golf, racing go-karts, and hitting balls at the batting cages. There's still plenty to do indoors, too. The Intake Grill serves up refreshments, a rock-climbing wall towers toward the ceiling, and skee-ball and arcade games beckon players with prize-redemption tickets.