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Championship Basketball Coming to Durham Region

Some of the best U15 Girls’ Basketball teams will be travelling to Durham Region this weekend to compete for the Ontario Basketball Association’s championship.

Forty-five (45) teams will compete for the Ontario Cup in six divisions, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, at various locations in the municipalities of Clarington, Oshawa and Whitby: Durham College, Abilities Centre, Brooklin High School, Father Leo Austin High School, Clarington Central Secondary School and Clarke High School.

Spectators are encouraged to attend, and there is no cost for admission to the games. You can find the Ontario Cup schedule online.

As part of the legacy for this championship, a donation will be made to Their Opportunity. This organization helps to ensure that more children have a chance to play sports, despite their economic situation.

Basketball is an important part of the fabric of our sports culture here in Durham Region. We love the sounds of “bounce, bounce, squeak” and of course, “swish!”

We’re proud that the Ontario Basketball Association is headquartered here, and we are appreciative of the opportunity to host this championship.

We’re proud of all our players with university and college teams in the NCAA, OUA and OCAA, including  three-time All Canadian Lindsay Panchan and all-time leading scorer Ajahmo Clarke, both with our Durham College Lords. Plus, we are especially proud of Cory Joseph of the Toronto Raptors, who grew up in Pickering!

We’re proud to partner on hosting these championships with the Whitby Wildcats and Clarington Basketball. We want to thank them for their efforts and we look forward to future partnership opportunities to help grow players, coaches and the sport.

Best wishes for a memorable weekend to all teams competing in the championship. We hope that you will find time to enjoy some fine restaurants, attractions, retail outlets, and experience the beauty of Durham Region. If you do, we know you will come back soon to visit.

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Easter weekend events in Durham Region

Colourful eggs, fluffy bunnies, chocolate and fun activities; it can only mean one thing, Easter! Various Easter weekend celebrations are happening all throughout Durham Region with events for children and families such as egg hunts, bouncy castles, contests and much more. Come celebrate in the region!

Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Fest Egg Hunt

Upon arrival children will receive their very own Easter basket to decorate and take home with them. They will also receive paper bunny ears that can be coloured! The hunt is not a set times – it runs all day long.  Eggs are scattered throughout the barnyard playland. The kids collect plastic eggs at their leisure and turn them in to the Egg Turn In Station where they will exchange them for an Easter Goody Bag. *It does not matter if the child collects 1 egg or 20 as they all receive the same goody bag

Admission: Children $14 and Adults $9. Kids 2 and under free.

Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Free Easter Community Fun Day

A free day of fun for the whole family with music, crafts, bouncy castles, obstacle courses and more!

Salvation Army Oshawa Temple
570 Thornton Road North, Oshawa
1 to 3 p.m.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Children and their parents are invited on a free tour of the Lynde House and Museum. Treats and activities included!

Lynde House and Museum
900 Brock Street South, Whitby
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for the young ones! The Pickering Public Library is organizing an egg hunt for children three to 12 years of age. The hunt begins at 10 a.m. outside the library.

Pickering Public Library, Central Library
One The Esplanade South, Pickering
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt & Colouring Contest

A Gift of Art is celebrating Easter in style with activities and contests. Prizes for the colouring contest and scavenger hunt include one week at summer camp!

A Gift of Art
187 King Avenue East, Newcastle
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 Easter Egg-stravanganza

The Easter bunny arrives in style this year—by plane! Don’t miss the landing at 1 p.m. With more than 8,000 eggs, this year’s Easter Hunt is set to be big one! There will also be plenty of opportunities to snap photos with the Easter bunny.

Oshawa Municipal Airport
1200 Airport Boulevard, Oshawa
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$10 per family. Food and pony rides are extra.

Bouncing Bunnies fundraiser   

Finch Flowers and LA Pet Grooming are teaming up to celebrate for a good cause.   There will be a live petting zoo with bunnies, chickens and a pony. Mani-Pedi for your pets, raffles and more! $2 of every bouquet sold will be donated to St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School.

Finch Flowers and LA Pet Grooming
1105 Finch Avenue, Pickering
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nutty Chocolatier’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

A fun-filled day for the whole family that includes an Easter Bonnet Parade, Easter Egg Hunt and a free goody bag for every child present!

The Nutty Chocolatier
Queen Street, Port Perry
Parade starts at noon
Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m.

Have any Durham Region events to add? Leave us a comment below! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

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Celebrate Creativity in Durham Region

Spring has sprung in Durham Region! If you look closely, the trees are starting to bud, the birds are singing, and the people in our communities have a spring in their step as we welcome more pleasing temperatures. April is a great time to get out and explore our vibrant local art scene. With so many incredible galleries and studios to visit, and events to participate in, Durham is a wonderful place to nurture your creative spirit. To learn more about the events and activities taking place during the month of April, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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Durham West Spring Studio Tour

Self-guided studio tours are an ideal way to enjoy creative arts with the whole family! You can experience them this spring during free events throughout Durham Region.

Expect the unexpected at the Durham West Spring Studio Tour, taking place April 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event showcases the work of new and returning artists at several unique, local settings in the Pickering and Uxbridge communities.

Plan your route based on your interests, and enjoy watching artists and their creative process from behind-the-scenes. For more creative ways to spend your time this April, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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National Canadian Film Day 150

Reel Canada’s National Canadian Film Day 150 is a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian Cinema and Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

This event is considered to be the world’s largest film festival, and will be held on April 19. Durham Region’s Film Office is proud to share that Township of Brock and Town of Ajax communities have been chosen as host sites for this event.

The Beaverton Special Events committee has organized a free, all-day cultural event to include Durham’s rich film heritage and talents. This event will include educational workshops, film screenings presented by Reel Canada, and an awards ceremony to honour Durham residents making significant contributions to the film industry.

The Town of Ajax is participating in this nationwide festival through TIFF’s Canada on Screen program. A free screening of The Sweet Hereafter will be hosted at the St. Francis Centre at 8 p.m. The event is free to attend and a cash bar and concessions will be available. We ask that you please enjoy responsibly. Those wishing to reserve a seat can RSVP by email or call 905-619-2529 ext. 2787.

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Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day

Spend the day fishing on Elgin Pond in Uxbridge with the whole family! The Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day will be taking place again this year on April 22, and you and your family are invited to participate in a fun-filled day of fishing and more.

With hundreds of fish just waiting to be caught, the free event will kick off at 9 a.m. with the Huck Finn parade through downtown Uxbridge, and includes a fishing derby at 10 a.m. Every young angler who is registered will go home with a prize. For full details about this event, visit the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) website.

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Easter Egg Hunts

What an egg-cellent time of year to take the kids to an outdoor Easter egg hunt! A variety of locations across Durham Region are set to host you and your family for special Easter events.

Visit Brooks Farms, April 8 to 9, and 14 to 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Easter Fest Egg Hunt, or head to the Oshawa Airport on April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Easter Egg-stravaganza – an egg hunt on the airport grounds. You can even watch the Easter Bunny fly his own plane, and enjoy games, pony rides and more!

For more Easter-themed events taking place in Durham this month, keep checking the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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Race your way into spring

Enjoy the pleasant spring weather by getting outdoors and participating in some races!

Runners can register to participate in the 10th-annual Uxbridge Run for the Diamond, an event that includes a half marathon, a five-or 10-kilometre trail run/walk and a kid’s dash, taking place April 15.

Do you love to mountain bike? The Ontario Cup (O-Cup) is one of Canada’s premier XC Mountain Bike racing series, and is designed for riders who enjoy challenging courses and competing with riders from all over the province. Riders can now register in the O-Cup Mountain Bike Race Series, kicking off in Durham on April 23 at Woodnewton.

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Home and Garden Show

April is the perfect time of year to think about updating your home and garden. Visit the Port Perry Home and Garden Show, taking place April 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Scugog Arena.

Get answers to your home décor, renovation and landscaping questions from up to 90 local vendors, and enjoy demonstrations, speakers, raffles and door prizes.

Bring the kids too! They will have a blast in the children’s entertainment zone, while you are busy planning your spectacular spring and summer projects. Go online for full details about this free event.

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Get your tickets to spend the day with Thomas the Tank Engine!

All aboard – it’s time to set friendship in motion with Thomas the Tank Engine! Little engineers are invited to spend a day of friendship and family fun with everyone’s favourite locomotive.

Tickets are now on sale for Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 taking place August 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, at the York Durham Heritage Railway in Uxbridge. Now in its 22nd year, this highly popular children’s tour will make 42 trips across the US and Canada, and will feature an array of friendship-inspired activities such as: photo opportunities, crafts and more.

Purchase your tickets early to have your choice of dates and train times, and secure a spot for your family. For full details and to purchase your tickets today, visit the York Durham Heritage Railway website.