Saturday, May 4
May the Fourth Be With You
7 p.m. Port Elgin United Church

Concert featuring Community Bands from Port Elgin and Southampton with guest group from Kincardine presenting music from such hits as Star Wars and Star Trek. Admission by donation, with funds going to youth music programs.

Wednesday, May 8
World Premiere Resilience: Transforming Our Community
Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound
Doors open 6:30 p.m. Showing begins at 7:00
Admission by donation.

This film about climate change impacts and solutions has been a labour of love by a lot of people in our community and beyond including poet and activist Liz Zetlin, film team John Anderson, Paul Eichhorn, Darlene Vanwyck, Tiffany Gray and musicians Larry Jensen, Matt Epp and Raymond King. More info at /

Thursdays, May 9 and 16
Writers' Round Table
2-4 p.m. Treasure Chest Museum
Queen Street North, Paisley

All writers in any genre are welcome to bring works-in-progress for friendly feedback. Having a few copies is an advantage. Bring own snack, tea available. Each contributes to $25 rental cost.

Friday, May 10
1:00 p.m.
Colonsay, Jewel of the Hebrides
Chesley Branch Library

A presentation by guest speaker Glenys Johnson, who visited the island in pursuit of personal genealogical research. Free admission.

Tuesday, May 14
Book Launch with Allan Thompson

6:30 p.m. Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Victoria Street, Southampton “Media and Mass Atrocity” is a new book edited by Professor Thompson, focusing on the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond. Twenty-five years later, there are still lessons to be learned from the failure of the world's journalists to present the true horror. Question and answer session follows his presentation. Copies available to purchase. Free admission, but please register online

Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18
Annual Garage and Plant Sale
Treasure Chest Museum, Paisley

Support your garden and this community museum. It's the opening weekend for summer hours at the Museum.

Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26
various venues in Wingham and Bayfield
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Award-winning authors, readings, panel discussions, and contest results. More details at

Saturday, May 25
11:30 am to 2 p.m.
Launch and Signing of “Birding Wetlands of Bruce & Nearby Grey-Bruce
Visitor Centre, MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

Author and birder Mike Pickup's fifth book, complete with maps and a checklist of birds. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be in progress; the book launch supports Friends of MacGregor. For more information,

Monday, May 27
Contest deadline for child and youth entries
William Wilfred Campbell Poetry Festival

Four $125 prizes available, open to poets in Grey & Bruce Submit original poetry in any style or theme, up to 45 lines. Prizes will be awarded at the Festival June 23 in Wiarton. NOTE adult poets – your deadline is June 10, same specs, two prizes of $500.00 and finalists MUST attend the Festival to read their work. More details at

Tuesday, May 28
7 -9 p.m.
Writers' BLOC
Activities Centre, Elgin Lodge, Mary Street, Port Elgin

An open, informal group that nine people attended in April to share responses to the monthly challenge. For May, up to 1,000 words, any style or format. Theme: a story that MUST be told. No fee, bring own refreshments, several copies for listeners/responders. Please sign in at the reception desk.

Friday, May 31
12 noon to 3 p.m.
Read Local with authors from here

Southampton Branch Library, High Street east of the traffic lights Participating authors will have books for sale, also an opportunity to chat about writing and local resources.

May 31 Contest Entry Deadline
Eden Mills Writers Festival

Categories of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry Send 4 copies along with entry fee too 39 Bushmils Crescent, Guelph, Ontario N1K 1T6 Also check online for further info and list of prizes to be awarded at the Festival in September