APRIL 2024 NEWSFLASH – May Court Club of Windsor; Windsor Soccer Club; Little Tomato Children’s Theatre & Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation 5/5 on The Drive

THE RUNDOWN

Windsor Soccer Club (Windsor SC) proudly announces its latest achievement in becoming a Quality Soccer Provider recognized by Canada Soccer. Under the program, Windsor SC proved that it meets Canada Soccer’s expectation that “all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants.” By meeting and exceeding Canada Soccer’s benchmarks, Windsor SC has demonstrated its dedication to providing high-quality coaching, player development, and administrative practices. The club is one of only a few leagues in Windsor Essex to achieve this designation. “We are thrilled to be recognized by Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer,” states Windsor SC Club President Paul Bortolo. “This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire team, from coaches and players to volunteers and administrators. It reinforces our mission to foster a love for soccer while promoting sportsmanship, teamwork, and skill development within our community.” Windsor SC continues its journey of excellence in soccer development with its 42nd season kicking off this spring. Registration is open until April 15 for youth ages four to 18, and families can get more information about the schedule online for details.

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Funding applications for the May Court Club of Windsor grant are now available to organizations that support child/youth mental or physical health. Their dedicated team is proud and pleased to be able to offer funding to organizations in the Windsor and Essex County area through an application process. Their mission is simple: to support organizations in our community that focus on children’s mental and physical health. They want frontline workers to continue to use their expertise to make a difference for all children and youth. Last year, over $50,000 was donated to child and youth programs in our area! President Sharon Pyke notes: “The process of accepting applications from organizations that work with children and then being able to grant them funding is one of the most gratifying things that we do as a club. Our members are incredibly dedicated to raising these monies to make a positive difference in our community. We encourage organizations to review our website to apply for these hard-earned funds.” The funding application is located online. Completed applications (with a deadline of April 15, 2024)can be submitted using the button on the website, or by emailing: [email protected]. The May Court Club of Windsor is celebrating its 90th year of serving the community and is a registered charitable organization. Revenue is generated by hosting unique fundraising events and by offering gently used (and sometimes new) clothing, shoes, and housewares, at the May Court Club Shoppe, 1122 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor. Its members and volunteers kindly donate their time and talents. The May Court Club of Windsor is also the 2023 Biz X Award winner for Exceptional Social Enterprise.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Little Tomato Children’s Theatre (LTCT) presents Annie Jr.,

April 19 to 21, 2024 at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, 120 Ellison Avenue in Leamington. This show features an amazingly talented cast of children from all over Leamington, Kingsville, Wheatley, Windsor Essex, and Kent counties, ranging in ages from seven to 18. The dedicated cast has been busy practicing since October of last year, rehearsing twice weekly. Director, Ruth Brown; Music Director, Nola McQueen, and Choreographer, Melissa Mack, along with a team of volunteers, have come together once again to ensure that these Little Tomatoes experience the magic of theatre. LTCT Presidentand producer, Sharon Clifford, along with the LTCT Board of Directors, continue to do their utmost to fulfill the company’s mission statement of providing “Theatre for Children BY Children”. Several long-time Little Tomatoes, as well as some new ones, have leading roles this year. Annie will be portrayed by Hannah Dick, with understudy Grace Burke, with the role of the loveable Daddy Warbucks played by Tristan Braun. The role of Grace, who is always calm, cool, and put-together, is shared by Arielle Friesen and Ella Rutgers, joined by Victoria Braun as the mean-spirited Miss Hannigan. Other favourite characters include Maeve Burke as the adorable Molly, Jane Larson and Emily Adjin as Rooster, and Molly Diemer and Shaevon Coates as Lily. And, how could we forget Annie’s canine friend Sandy, played by Paddington! Annie Jr. is presented through special arrangements, with and all authorized materials supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY Performances are held: Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. General Admission is $20 with children 12 and under able to attend for $10. For tickets please email: [email protected]. Tickets are also available at the door. Further questions? Find the answers online and facebook.

Now let’s taco ’bout another fun event . . . The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation (WECAF) presents 5/5 on the Drive, celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style, to benefit programs at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society (WECAS). Starting at 1 p.m. the afternoon of Sunday, May 5, 2024 at the J.P. Wiser’s Experience Centre (2072 Riverside Drive East), guests can enjoy a culinary experience of Mexican and Canadian cuisine, accompanied by a complimentary signature drink. There is also going to be Dream Pinata Raffle and a draw for a travel voucher for two to Mexico! Setting the mood to all these festivities, the air will be filled with the Latin Jazz sounds of Detroit’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Tumbao Bravo. The winner of the 2005, 2007 and 2013 Detroit Music Awards for Best Jazz Recording and Best World Music Band, this combo has performed at all the major Michigan jazz/music festivals. 5/5 on the Drive is sponsored by MisterHQ Group, Fortis Group, and Integrity Tool and Mold. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online.

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