Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca has been a regular contributor to Biz X Magazine since 2013. She writes and shoots photos for the magazine and her work has been published in various community publications. She is currently an instructor in St. Clair College’s Journalism and Public Relations programs. Through Biz X, she takes pride in connecting with the community’s business world and being able to share the stories of local entrepreneurs through her articles and photos.

Keeping The Family Happy & Healthy

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Ring In The New Year With A Commitment To Keeping The Family Happy & Healthy

January is a time for reflection. It’s a time to thoughtfully consider your life in terms of what you want out of it and what’s truly important to you. And so, as is typical for this time of year, people are starting new resolutions, revisiting past commitments, keeping traditions alive or starting new ones.

It’s about bettering yourself for your family, and finding new ways to spend time with the ones you love, to grow both as individuals and together.

At the heart of many of these resolutions is family.

Love and happiness is attained through caring for oneself as well as for others — both those related by blood and those friends who are so close they feel like family.

Read on to discover some ways you can become a better version of yourself through successfully committing to a variety of resolutions and traditions.

New Year’s Resolution: Have Weekly Family Outings

Across Windsor Essex, there is surely no shortage of family-friendly things to do. And where the region is located in Ontario is perfect — just a quick day trip to many unique adventures to explore. Planning a fun activity each week (and not just Saturday morning hockey practices), can give you quality family time together.

Superbowl Lanes

This family outing is sure to be right up your alley — bowling alley that is!

Check out Superbowl Lanes at 10000 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor for some friendly competition and relaxing good old fashioned entertainment.

“I think it’s a great idea to spend more time with your family in the New Year, and as much as you can,” states Cory Clarkson, who owns and operates Super Bowl Laneswith Mike Doidge.

The pair went from owning multiple bars — that didn’t have a family atmosphere — to owning this family business, and they say its worked out great.

“We get to be with our families more now and the kids love it,” says Clarkson. “Mike and I are lucky to own a bowling alley where it’s fun for all ages and it’s a great family activity.”

At Superbowl Lanes, you’ll also find a tasty, full menu with items sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. They also do kids parties, corporate parties and lots of fundraisers as well.


“We are the only locally owned 10-pin bowling alley in Windsor,” asserts Clarkson, adding, “We buy 95 percent of our products locally, we try to support local as much as we can.”

The business is a 2016 Biz X Award winner for “The Lanes That Bowl You Over.”

Be sure to schedule in their Rock ‘n’ Bowl every Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. to get your family moving and grooving while you bowl!

Elgin County Railway Museum

Just a two hour drive away, the Elgin County Railway Museum offers something for train fans of all ages, and is a great daytrip for families in Windsor Essex.  

“Located in a century-old, locomotive repair shop, visitors can take a step back in time and tour railway artifact displays, historical photographs, our impressive collection of railway rolling stock equipment and the very popular History in Motion Model Railway,” lists Dawn Miskelly, Executive Director. “Guests are also welcome to climb aboard and explore our Baggage Car Exhibit, the interior of a real caboose and cab of the enormous CN 5700 Steam Engine!”

There are train play tables for the little ones and the museum also offers special family-centred programs and events including “Touch a Truck, Touch a Train!” in the spring, and “A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine” in July.

The Elgin County Railway Museum is located in St. Thomas, Ontario. The drive from the Windsor region can either be made via Highway 401 or the slightly longer, more scenic route along Highway #3, according to Miskelly.

“We see a lot of families visiting the Railway Museum — not just parents and their children, but often multi-generational families with grandparents joining in or bringing the grandkids as a special trip,” comments Miskelly, adding that they have guided tours and the average family visit is about an hour.

The museum has seasonal hours, so it’s recommended visitors call or check their website to confirm it’s open before starting their journey.

“If you visit in the fall or winter, the locomotive repair shop section of our building is not heated — so make sure to dress warmly,” she advises.

With all of the technology surrounding kids and families in today’s society, taking day trips to places like museums gives families the opportunity to unplug, turn off the screens and spend time making memories together, Miskelly asserts.

New Year’s Resolution: Exercise & Eat Healthier

When it comes to feeling good inside and out, we all know that eating right and exercising is important, and there are many local options that can provide some extra help in achieving these goals and sticking to these very important resolutions.

Savoured RD Wellness & Breathe Pilates And Fitness Studio

Food is always around us and it can be a challenge to make nourishing choices. As Lauren Fleming notes, we truly are what we eat, so it is important to eat foods from a variety of food groups for us to feel our best and stay healthy, long term.

Fleming is a Community Dietitian and a Dietitian-Nutritionist at Savoured RD Wellness, which is a consulting services business, and a Yoga and Pilates Instructor at Breathe Pilates and Fitness Studio.

“As a nutrition professional and mind-body fitness instructor, my focus is supporting clients in making sustainable changes that fit within their lifestyle,” states Fleming. “My background in yoga allows me to integrate mindful practices into my counselling for a holistic approach — going beyond just what you eat to discussing what influences your eating habits and improving relationships with foods.” 

Working with a nutrition professional can help to clarify your goals, give you additional tools to help you achieve them, and a check in to support you along the way, Fleming points out.

“It can be really helpful for families to work with a dietitian in order to help them to build positive eating habits early on,” she suggests. “This often means that parents end up making some positive changes to act as role models for their kids.”

Fleming also wants everyone to keep in mind that healthy eating doesn’t have to mean avoiding fun foods that you enjoy.

“I think the most important thing is for people of all ages to learn to build a healthy relationship with food, where food remains a positive part of your life rather than a source of stress, guilt or discomfort,” she states.

City Of Windsor Recreation & Culture

The City of Windsor’s Recreation & Culturedepartment provides many opportunities for children, youth and adults to participate in a wide variety of leisure programs that promote good overall health.  

“There is extensive literature and studies that document the benefits of recreation and sport for children and youth,” notes Jennifer Valdez, Acting Manager for Community Programming, Recreation and Culture for the City of Windsor. “Benefits that are attributed to participating are increased self-esteem, enhanced physical development and improved health and lifestyle choices.”

Through the City of Windsor, the possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to exercise both your body and mind.

So consider cutting back on TV and screen time to take part in a wide range of city-run activities. There’s something for everyone at every age.

When it comes to dancing, they have classes like ballet, belly dancing, hip hop, line dancing, salsa and more.

Their fitness classes range from yoga, to boot camp, cycling, hiking, kickboxing, Pilates and more.

The City of Windsor also offers many organized sports opportunities, such as pickleball, volleyball, tennis and drop-in basketball.

Valdez mentions some of their most popular programs include: gymnastics, soccer and swimming lessons.

They also feature art activities that are diverse and interesting, including pottery workshops and glass fusion workshops, crochet and more.

In addition, they have parent and child cooking classes, and unique classes you wouldn’t even think of! Some examples are cartooning where you learn how to develop your doodling skills, or a class called Movie Makers, where kids are taught how to plan and shoot a short movie.

“We provide affordable recreation and our hope is that children and youth will try new things and develop a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age,” Valdez comments.

Their programs are offered at various venues across the city, including: Adie Knox Herman Recreation & Customer Care Complex, Adventure Bay Family Water Park, Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, Charles Clark Square, various arenas and community centres, Ojibway Nature Centre, Mackenzie Hall and more.

Valdez indicates that the City of Windsor has a new and improved online registration system that can be accessed at: ActiveWindsor.ca.

New Year’s Resolution: Take Better Care Of Our Bodies

Physical health is oftentimes top-of-mind for people at this time of year, and small changes, such as medical check-ups, can have a huge impact in the long run.

Story continues on PAGE 30 of the January 2019 issue.

21st Annual Biz X Awards

The 21st Annual Biz X Awards “Blackjack 21: A Run Of Good Luck!”

“Blackjack 21: A Run Of Good Luck!”  The 21st Annual Biz X Awards Tribute

Successful entrepreneurs are risk takers who create their own “luck” and know how to manage it. And if they “play their cards right” — good fortune — perhaps even a “jackpot” comes their way.
In business negotiations, it’s important that you don’t reveal your cards at the beginning or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. You also have to know when to “double down,” be “a high roller” or “surrender” if needed. At times it is “all or nothing” or your fate could just boil down to the “luck of the draw.”

Considering all the catch phrases associated with card games and how they relate to owning a business — added to the fact that Biz X magazine is celebrating 21 years of publishing and Blackjack is also known as “21” — the theme for our 2018 awards issue and gala became quite obvious. “Blackjack 21: A Run Of Good Luck” is an appropriate fit for the magazine as we enter the “age of responsibility” and our third decade of award winners.

Throughout the Biz X Awards edition you will see elements of this Blackjack 21/luck theme (graphics, references to music/movies and shiny red and black colouring like playing cards) on the story pages here and for those attending our gala, the décor of the room.

The mission of our annual awards edition is to honour the best in the biz that Windsor Essex has to offer and that starts with the business owners and people who constantly “let it ride” to overcome the odds (severe weather, high gas/energy, minimum wage increases etc.) to ensure their businesses survive for many years.

The loyal readers of Biz X magazine believe our nominees are the leaders in the local business community for exceptional customer service, selection, pricing and dedication to their companies/organizations.

The Awards recognize and honour the business men and women in the region who are constantly working hard to be #1 in their industries. Which businesses and people will receive the golden Biz X Award — the “pillars of success” — this year?

In 2018, our 21st annual awards story, 207 nominees competed in 24 categories. And this year the online voting poll conducted from September 13 until September 27 (see bullet #2 for further information) saw a record number of votes!

According to Jack Eisenberg, Database Analyst for Biz X magazine, “For the past two years, the Biz X Awards polling has been completely automated. As a testament to the growing influence of Biz X magazine in the local community, we received nearly 40,000 votes for this year’s awards, almost double the number from last year.”

Our award history goes back to 1998, and to date, over 680 Biz X Awards have been handed out. Like every year before, the new batch of nominees are simply the best our region has to offer and we congratulate every company, organization and individual listed throughout this entire cover story. In our view, all are exceptional business owners or top managers, but there can be only one winner of each category in the end.

These lucky recipients attend an exclusive awards gala on November 16, 2018 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts in an elegant setting with décor by Designs by Diane and an Awards Ceremony featuring expert technical services and lighting by Bigtime Presentations and entertainment with Pat & Nino. For this formal event, our Biz X men, Judges and celebrity presenters are outfitted by Collins Clothiers.

Winners also receive a plaque from The Trophy Boys, to display in their place of business (see accompanying graphic on this page). As well, their acceptance speeches are shown on YourTV (Channel HD 700) in January 2019 on the “Plugged In” show. Video footage, along with live social media updates, is also recorded by the Film Camp for Kids & Youth in partnership with MANAN Media.

Award sponsors include: Motor City Community Credit Union; The WindsorEssex Economic Development Small Business Centre; St. Clair College Alumni Association; Tecumseh Mall, and the Community Gaming & Entertainment Group. For a complete list of our gala suppliers and sponsors, please visit the Biz X Awards page.

So “what’s the deal” on how a business or individual became a nominee or an overall winner of their category? To start, let’s recap the rules for the Biz X Awards.

-Each year a list of award categories are published in the summer and September editions of Biz X magazine and online. Businesses and people can be nominated by customers, suppliers, and Biz X readers, from mid-July until early September, using an online form with a section for supporting evidence included. Only a single nomination is required to be in the voting poll, so everyone has a fair chance, especially if a small company.

-After the nomination period ended, nominees were made public on the Biz X website, when a voting poll in each category commenced for a two week period from mid-September until the end of the month. People could vote once per category per IP address only (reinforcing the fact this is not a popularity contest). Individuals could vote in all categories, if they wanted — or just one! Everything was totally confidential and no one could see who voted for who or how many votes a particular nominee had. The number of votes did not constitute an automatic win, and the voting results may or may not have had an impact on the judging process. Vote tallies are only a part of the overall selection process.

-The qualifications for nominees are simple. Businesses must be located in Windsor Essex, which includes the City of Windsor, LaSalle, Lakeshore, Tecumseh, Amherstburg and all of Essex County. For categories in the PEOPLE section, nominees must be 19 years of age or over and reside in Windsor Essex.

-Companies can be nominated for more than one category; however, businesses/people are only allowed to win one award per year.

-National chains/ franchises and non-profits are not eligible in most categories. Our mission is to reward start-up businesses in our region and not national companies. However, exceptions are made in the PEOPLE category as we do believe those individuals (working for national chains or working for a charity/non-profit) living in our area deserve to be recognized. Since this entire category (#8 to #13) is being judged on the individual and not the company itself, they are allowed to participate. *An exception for 2018 has also been made for non-profit organizations and charities to participate in categories #22 and #23.

-No media outlets can participate in any of the categories.

 -Nominees are given an opportunity to submit information on themselves and/or their company to Biz X magazine upon notification that they were nominated. The information from the nomination forms, a summary of the voting poll results and the company supplied information is then submitted to our panel of Judges for review and discussion. It is very important for all nominees to return this information as it is a way to check the information a nominator has submitted on the website form. The information provided is also used to compile the write-up on the company or person in the annual awards edition. Judges also research each nominee at their own discretion and visit as many nominees as possible. The Judges meet after the online voting poll closes and review the results and the backup information and select the final winners during “Judgment Night” in October.

-To avoid any conflict of interest, Biz X full time staff members are not permitted to participate in the judging process. This is to ensure impartiality to all advertisers, suppliers, and friends. As well, Judges cannot participate on “Judgment Night” conversations or final voting in any categories that friends, relatives, or their own business are being considered for. They also are not permitted to be involved in any part of the Judging process if their own business or workplace is a supplier to a nominee or pays a nominated company for any services they or their business may need. Please note that any biases declared by Judges are mentioned at the end of the write-up, if necessary.

-Businesses do not have to be an advertiser with the magazine to win. Every company, whether a Biz X advertiser or not, has an equal chance of winning. Once all nominations are in and the voting poll is closed (the end of September), companies may be contacted to purchase ads by Biz X Sales Associates to thank those who nominated/voted for them in the November/December awards issue. The Judges are unaware which companies advertise (or do not) when they make their final decisions and only see the completed awards issue at the same time the readers do. This ensures there are NO biases or conflicts of interest. Judges do not know who the final winners are on “Judgment Night” as they voted by secret ballot and are not told the results. All those nominees who chose to advertise in the November/December issue had nominee badges in their ads and, just before the magazine went to print, for those who won, the nominee badge was switched to a winner badge (without the knowledge of the advertiser). The entire process is kept top secret with only a select few knowing the final outcome ahead of time and no one seeing the winner badge in their ad until the magazine is released to the public.

“Blackjack 21: A Run Of Good Luck!”  The 21st Annual Biz X Awards Tribute HERE.

“Leaves Falling, Autumn Calling” Family Fun Starts Now!

“Leaves Falling, Autumn Calling” Family Fun Starts Now!

Photo: Both kids and adults who visit PéPé’s Pumpkin Patch enjoy having their face painted. Photo courtesy of Greg Rocheleau.

Leaves Falling, Autumn Calling” Family Fun Starts Now!

Fall is a fun time for family outings across Windsor Essex. From cozy traditions like apple picking to spooky-themed jaunts leading up to Halloween, locals will discover there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate this colourful season!

Read on to learn more about some of the festivities going on throughout the region during the month of October, as Biz X profiles just a handful of local businesses offering fall and Halloween experiences for the whole family.

Keeping It All In The Family

Nothing quite matches the fall feeling you get when apple picking.

The air is crisp, our apples are fresh and our spirits are high,” says Andrew Thiessen, Owner of Thiessen Orchards. “We love October on the farm!”

Located at 400 Talbot Road East in Leamington, Thiessen Orchards (ThiessenOrchards.com) has been open since 1975, but the Thiessen family has been in the community since 1940 operating greenhouses and a tobacco farm.

We have had the honour of becoming a tradition for families for 40 plus years,” states Thiessen. “We have so many people come up to us each and every year telling us how they used to come as kids and are now bringing their own children and grandchildren each year. We love being a part of families’ memories!”

Thiessen Orchards is a 20-acre orchard, which grows nine different varieties of mouth-watering apples.

Not only do we have apples, but we also offer our customers a five-acre pumpkin patch where they can find the perfect pumpkin,” adds Thiessen.

Their hope is that every customer who steps onto the property has a “farmtastic experience,” describes Thiessen. “Take a wagon ride through our orchard (available on weekends); try to solve our interactive corn maze; play a round of Farmer Pete’s Putt-Putt’ then visit our farm friends goats, piggies and bunnies. Let the little ones play in Farmer Pete’s Fun Acre’ full of climbing areas, farm equipment, swings, a bouncy castle, and barrel trains, available on weekends and PA days.”

Then, once you’ve worked up an appetite, he suggests a visit to their Kountry Kitchen where it’s a must to have one of their famous Mennonite sausages on a bun, a caramel apple, or a slice of homemade apple pie.

And of course, pick a bag of the freshest apples you can get,” Thiessen exclaims.

Open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until October 28, all activities are $5 each or pick any three for $10. Kids aged two and under are free.
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Play All Day Combo Pass is $20 and includes access to the fun acre, corn maze, mini golf, haunted barn, one cone of goat food, and the jump pad. A Seasonal Pass with unlimited use of all activities is $30.

Special activities are scheduled for each weekend in October including Thanksgiving, featuring live entertainment.

Sunday, October 14 we will be celebrating first responders and their families where they will receive All Day Passes as a thank you for everything they do for all of us,” states Thiessen. “And of course we are continuing with our annual Halloween Extravaganza,’ which will be held on October 20. All Day Passes on this day will only be $15. Dress in your costume and come do some trick or treating.”

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

Whether it’s for decorating your porch, balcony, stairs or deck — or you’re looking for one to carve a spooky jack-o-lantern — we are sure the gang from Peanuts and your family too will find a huge variety of classic orange and trendy white pumpkins at PéPé’s Pumpkin Patch.

Located at 2651 Front Road in LaSalle, PéPé’s (Facebook.com/pepespumpkinpatch) has a wide selection of gourds, straw, hay, corn stalks, mums and more, all great for creating a festive fall look for your home.

Greg Rocheleau, who owns the business with his father, Roger, and brother, James, says that on weekdays throughout the month of October, they’re kept very busy with students — with two field trip visits per day.

We have a hay ride, a train ride, face painting, a corn maze and then we have a village kids can play in with character houses and buildings,” describes Rocheleau, adding they also have a store with refreshments, including candy apples.

Their haunted house, called the “7th Chamber,” is open for the last three weekends of October.

Open seven days a week from 9-5, this is the 10th year they’ve been open in the community.

We have lots of fall activities, so come out with your family and have a fun day together,” says Rocheleau.

A Bushel Of Fun

Families that pick together stick together! That’s the sentiment declared by family owned and operated, Wagner Orchards & Estate Winery.

Picking fresh fruit is a fun, family activity, and a great way to spend an enjoyable afternoon,” states Harold Wagner, who owns the business with his wife, Janice. “Kids love to grab a fresh apple from a tree.”

Located at 1222 Lakeshore Road 103, Wagner Orchards (WagnerOrchards.com) began with the first planting of apple trees in 1986. Harold and his wife operate the farm with their children, Matt and Katrina.

At Wagner Orchards, you’ll find many varieties of apples, including royal gala, empire, mutsu, red delicious and more.

Our fruit trees have the minimal amount of chemicals needed to produce high quality fruit,” claims Wagner, adding they also raise their own beef, pork and poultry free of hormones, chemicals and antibiotics. “Wagner Orchards continuously seeks to improve food quality through sound environmental practices. Our food is grown in the healthiest way possible.”

Over the years, they have expanded to include a farm bakery, producing fresh homemade pies, strudels and desserts. They’re also a registered estate winery and produce unique high-quality fruit and grape wines and ciders.

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, they also have a small play area for kids and hay rides to the orchard on the weekends.

For many families visiting from the city, we know that this is the only farm experience they will have,” Wagner notes. “We are a working farm and we are always happy to discuss any and all farming practices with our guests.”

Mall Adventures

While sometimes kids can get antsy and impatient during a typical trip to the mall, they’ll be begging to hit up as many stores as they can at Tecumseh Mall, 7654 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor on October 27!

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on October 27, they’ll be holding their annual “Halloween Trick or Treat” event.

Dress up, drop in and collect treats from participating Tecumseh Mall retailers, while quantities last,” explains Marissa Goze, Marketing Director.

The event takes place throughout the entire mall at participating retailers. Look for the pumpkin sign in the storefront window to know which businesses are taking part on October 27.

On the same day, tag @TecumsehMall on your social media Halloween photos taken at the event, using #TMallLovesHalloween, and be entered to win a family four-pack of Windsor Spitfires tickets,” adds Goze.

The event is geared towards kids 12 years old and under and is in partnership with and sponsored by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.

Goze describes it as “a chance for kids to wear their costumes more than once, and it’s providing another easy, fun and family-oriented event that’s free for everyone in a safe, warm indoor environment.”

“Leaves Falling, Autumn Calling” Family Fun Starts Now! continues on Page 32

The Sky’s The Limit At Summer Day Camps . . . Outdoor Activities, Math & Science, Art & Building & More!

The Sky’s The Limit At Summer Day Camps

Photo: A group of youngsters gather for a photo on the green-filled grounds of Gesstwood Camp and Education Centre. Photo courtesy of Gesstwood Camp and Education Centre.

The Sky’s The Limit At Summer Day Camps . . . Outdoor Activities, Math & Science, Art & Building & More!

With summertime now in full swing, your young ones have a lot of free time on their hands. And Windsor Essex has no shortage of fun day camps for them to attend. Many of which are focused on keeping your kids learning and engaged on their break from school all while having a blast-making memories!

But, don’t let this be the only time your children enjoy these fun-filled local activities and experiences. And remember you can check these places out with your kids year-round as well!

For now, read on to learn about a handful of the day camps going on in the area this August in part two of our summer camp section. (for previous camps profiled please refer to the June back issue).

An Overnight Experience Not Too Far From Home

If you’re looking for a nostalgic and traditional overnight summer camp experience for your kids but are concerned about sending them far from home Gesstwood Camp and Education Centre, located right here in Essex County, maybe the ideal choice.

Summer camp is an amazing experience for children, and being able to attend Gesstwood Camp right here in Essex County is perfect for first time campers in particular, because they aren’t too far away from home, but still get the full summer camp experience,” states Executive Director Karen Seguin.

Located at 1034 Mole Road in Essex, just off Arner Townline and Highway 3, Gesstwood Camp offers overnight and day camp programs for children ages five to 15 throughout the summer.

In August specifically, they’ll have two overnight camps running. The first one is during the first week of the month. For kids ages seven to 11, the “Holiday Camp goes from July 29 to August 1, coinciding with “PeeWee Camp for kids ages five to seven from July 30 to August 1.

The second overnight camp they have, Olympic and Adventure, goes from August 19 to August 24. This one is for kids ages seven to 15.

Campers sleep in A-frame cabins with seven other children their age along with two staff members.

They participate in traditional camp games such as capture the flag, gaga ball, archery, water games, crafts, sports, swimming, pond exploration, creek stomping and much more,” describes Seguin. “We have a big cookout with backyard game competitions, campfire and sing songs with s’mores (a traditional campfire treat).

Campers also get to visit Gesstwood’s camp store each day and can purchase souvenirs and snacks.

Summer camp is about embracing nature, learning new things, making new friends and playing outdoors the good old fashioned way,” says Seguin, adding there are no electronic devices at the camp. “Summer camp is an experience of a lifetime. Every child needs a chance to spend a week at camp and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Day camps (not overnight) are also offered during the week of August 20 to August 24.

Gesstwood (GesstwoodCamp.com) has been open in the area for 60 years. Seguin is very proud of the fact that children who attend the camp for the first time love it and continue to come back year after year.

Over 50 percent of our campers end up becoming summer camp counsellors when they are old enough,” she notes. “A lot of people do not realize this camp is right here in Essex County. We have been referred to several times as the hidden gem of Essex County.’”

Good Times In The Town Of Tecumseh

Through the day camps offered by the Town of Tecumseh Parks & Recreation Department (TecumsehRec.ca), there’s a special focus on helping kids have fun while learning valuable knowledge and skills through participating in various special activities and events.

Our goal as a community is to promote a healthy lifestyle for children in the modern age of technology, with an emphasis on powering off electronic devices and instead enjoying screen-free fun and games,” explains Brett Palmer, Supervisor of Recreation Programs & Events.

You can sign your children up for Tecumseh Day Camp and have them either join daily or weekly for the month of August.

All kids spend the day participating in various themed activities all directed by Tecumseh Day Camp staff,” describes Palmer.

Tecumseh Day Camp is offered for kids five to 12 years old. Activities include sports, games, drama, crafts, movies, special events, swimming, skating and more.

A special event is scheduled every week, which may include off-site excursions,” Palmer mentions adding that due to limited space, advanced registration is required.

Camp hours run from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with early drop off and late pick up hours available starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

There are also a number of specialty camps offered on specific dates during the month of August through the Town of Tecumseh. In these camps, kids will learn a new skill and activity while enjoying all the benefits of their regular day camp.

 “Specialty campers will experience special instruction every camp morning and then join in with our regular camp for all the scheduled afternoon activities, including swimming, skating and off-site special events,” he states. “Specialty Camp fee includes the specialty camp instruction as well as a full day of supervised activities.”

Weekly Specialty Camps include: Junior Firefighter Camp, Art Camp, Mad Science Camp, Superstars Camp, Home Art Camp, Multi-Sport Camp, Bricks 4 Kidz with LEGO® Technic Camp, Master Chef Camp, and Tae Kwon Do Camp. Dates and further info about these specialty camps can be found online.

All day camps, through the Town of Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department, are held at the Tecumseh Leisure Pool, 590 Lacasse Boulevard.; St. Pius X Catholic School, 644 Lacasse Boulevard.; and Tecumseh Arena, 12021 McNorton Street.

Programs are both indoors and outdoors,” Palmer informs us. “We aim to promote outdoor fun and advertise the many outdoor recreation possibilities that are available in the Town of Tecumseh that are easy to access for kids and families.”

Discover The Science Behind Having Fun

For a thought-provoking and intriguing hands-on experience with safe, but exciting activities, that engage campers in the principles of science and their applications in the real world, you might want to consider signing your kids up for day camp at Canada South Science City.

It’s fun to discover science through hands-on activities and experiments,” states Dr. William E. Baylis, President of Canada South Science City. “Kids learn to appreciate the STEM topics of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in teamwork and problem solving, while they also experience the important role of art in guiding the discovery.”

While the centre is commonly known as Canada South Science City, Baylis points out that they are registered as a charity under the name, The Interactive Science and Technology Centre of Windsor, Inc.

Baylis lists how most of the sciences are represented at their day camp, including: physics (mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism), astronomy, chemistry, biology and geology. Each week brings a different theme to which daily activities contribute, he adds.

While specific details for camps running in August are still being finalized at the time of writing, Baylis indicates the themes will likely include weather, climate, thermal physics and gas laws.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and arrangements can be made for early drop off or late pickup.

Now located at the former Forster High School at 749 Felix Avenue, Canada South Science City (CSScienceCity.com) originally opened its doors on Marion Avenue in 2004. The move to their current location in the city’s west end took place in 2015.

The Forster building is our new home, and it offers an exciting time of rebuilding and development,” says Baylis, adding the entrance to the building is from the parking lot behind the school.

Baylis lets Biz X know they served about 10,000 visitors a year when located on Marion Avenue, and reaction was generally quite positive. The day camp is a great way to get young individuals interested in the various topics surrounding science and open their eyes to opportunities and ideas they may not have realized.

The camp can open the campers to possible future careers in the profitable advanced technology sector,” Baylis believes.

Summertime Somersaults

Gymnastics is filled with flips and turns, being active and acrobatic, maintaining balance and just having fun!

At Rose City Gymnastics, day camp options are available for full weeks in August, or if you’d like, you can just sign your child up for a full day (9 a.m. until 4 p.m.) or a half day here and there (either 9 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.), explains Jenny Stojkovski, Recreational Director.

Our goal is to enrich the lives of the children who come through our doors with physical fitness, health awareness, confidence, dedication and the ability to set and reach goals that are not always easy to achieve,” Stojkovski mentions.

Rose City Gymnastics (RoseCityGymnastics.com) is a non-profit organization that has been providing athletic services, through the sport of gymnastics, to families since 1976. It has been at its current location 4365 County Road 42 for about 30 years.

Kids love our camps,” asserts Stojkovski. 

Campers can participate in a variety of activities, not just gymnastics.

They play games, do crafts and Fridays is water day, where weather permitting they go outside to enjoy some activities involving water, like a water balloon fight and we have a baby pool they can splash around in,” describes Stojkovski.

She points out that parents love the flexibility of their day camp program and being able to choose either half day, full day or full week for their kids.

All children must be registered beforehand,” Stojkovski stresses. “They can register online, over the phone or in person.”

On August 10 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Rose City Gymnastics is holding an Open House to showcase their new renovations. There will be tours, demonstrations from different groups and vendors, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Right Equation For Avoiding The “Summer Slide”

Amit Modi, President of Nimble Brain Education Inc., runs day camps through his business using the Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS Mental Math Schools).

The UCMAS program is based on the ancient, simple but powerful, abacus tool that provides countable beads for children to visualize numbers,” explains Modi. “Children learn to manipulate those beads to perform arithmetic calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.”

UCMAS Summer Camp is developed by UCMAS Canada Inc. to provide standardized, consistent programming to all participating UCMAS centres in Canada, Modi states.

But, the camp entails more than just learning about math, he adds.

We are offering abacus, clay modelling, origami and puzzles in half-day camp, and full-day camp will have introductory abacus, robotics, clay modelling, origami, puzzles, board games and painting,” describes Modi.

Day camps are for kids ages six to 14 years and run for two weeks in August from August 13 to August 17 and from August 20 to August 24.

We offer two types of day camp: half-day from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and full-day from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.,” lists Modi. “We can also offer early drop off and late pick up if necessary.”

Located at 3020 Dougall Avenue, Unit 11, UCMAS has been running in the community for seven years. (more details at: UCMAS.ca)

Modi suggests you register your child in the UCMAS Summer Camp to avoid what some refer to as the “summer slide” a notion that suggests kids sometimes lose academic knowledge and skills during their break from school over the summer.

According to Modi, “The UCMAS Summer Camp 2018 is specially designed to productively engage a child and develop their cognitive skills.”

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Woofa Roo Pet Fest 2018

It’s Time To Race To The Woofa Roo Pet Fest!

Photo: Pets and their owners are eager and excited for the return of the weekend-long “Woofa~Roo Pet Fest.” Photographed in action, a few adorable little doggies make a break for the finish line during the “Wacky Weiner Dog Race” event at a past “Woofa Roo.” Photo courtesy of  Woofa Roo Pet Fest.

Who Let The Dogs Out? It’s Time To Race To The Woofa Roo Pet Fest!

Pets are considered family, so it’s always great when you come across an event where they’re invited to attend alongside with you.

Such is the case with the return of the unique, fun-filled Woofa Roo Pet Fest, which is back for its sixth year at the Libro Sports Complex, 3295 Meloche Road in Amherstburg.

We continue to be one of the most anticipated events of the year and hear of people adjusting their work and vacation schedules around Woofa~Roo,’” states Lorene Clayton, Director and Founder of the event.

Held a bit earlier this summer than last, the event takes place July 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 per person and children five and under are free to attend.

Our typical weekend in August was becoming very crowded with other festivals,” explains Clayton. “We’ve also heard people comment that they wished there were more events in July. When the Libro Sports Complex opened an opportunity for us to move to July, we took it!”

You and your family can enjoy a number of live demonstrations and presentations, such as the “Dock Diving,” “Dog Agility,” “Lure Coursing,” “Disc Dog” and “Dog Races.” And Clayton adds they have several new things coming to the festival “to round out our crazy fun weekend.”

The “Fetching Field” is new and provides an opportunity for canine friends with good recall to play fetch with a custom-built robot designed by A-Team Robotics. All proceeds from this event benefit the “Woofa~Roo” charities and rescues.

Woofa~Roo’s” new “Sterling Canine Citizen Award” is a test in canine manners. “We add something new every year to enable our public a chance to play, watch or participate in various events, many of which benefit our charities and rescues,” indicates Clayton.

Also new this year, the “Shaggy Chic Cafe” brought to you by Biz X Magazine is a pet and family friendly place to “meet, greet and eat,” she describes. It also features live entertainment arranged by Lee Watson Academy of Music.

We recognize the social aspect of our event and enlarged our indoor eating area to include live entertainment,” Clayton elaborates. “People come for the social aspect of our festival as much as they do to be entertained. Animals break social barriers and total strangers become fast friends.”

Last year about 10,000 people and 4,000 dogs attended. This year Clayton expects up to 12,000 people to attend.

One of the most beneficial aspects for the event’s charities and rescues is the silent auction, with hundreds of baskets that have been donated for their benefit.

It’s a great help for our charities and rescues and a fantastic deal for those bidding on some fantastic gift baskets,” she explains.

The charities benefitting from this year’s Woofa Roo Pet Fest include the following: Spay Neuter Assist Program for Cats (SNAPForCats.weebly.com); MotorCity Greyhound Rescue (MotorCityGreyhoundRescue.org); Windsor/Essex County Humane Society (WindsorHumane.org); St. John Ambulance therapy dog services (SJA.ca); Cat Assistance Team (see Cat Assistance Team on Facebook); Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue Purple Leash Campaign (PurpleLeash.com); Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (WingsRehab.ca); and Danes in Distress (DanesInDistress.com).

While there’s an “Adoption Circle” area at the event each year, they never sell or adopt pets out at the actual festival itself.

Applications are accepted at our festival for adoptions, foster homes and volunteers,” notes Clayton. “We never know the extent of our influence, but applications are still being fulfilled months after our festival.”

All sorts of businesses get involved in “Woofa Roo Pet Fest,” including some that are not typically pet-centred.

Sentry Windows & Doors is a great example of a non-pet related company who has been attending Woofa~Roo’ year after year,” states Clayton. “They draw interest to their pet doors, but ultimately get visitors to look at their other products as well.”

There are dozens of local businesses sponsoring this year’s Woofa Roo Pet Fest including presenting sponsor, Windsor Star; platinum sponsors Biz X magazine, AM800 CKLW and Clayton Studio and many more.

Read on to learn about just a handful of the many vendors at this year’s event, and be sure to check them out not only at “Woofa~Roo,” but year-round too!

Chiropractic Care For Your Pets

Keeping your pet happy and healthy is a priority for Dr. Ginette St. Pierre, Certified Animal Chiropractor and Owner of Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Centre.

Chiropractic care is not just for humans,” asserts St. Pierre. “In fact, it can be very beneficial to animals as well.”

This is the second year for Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Centre to be a vendor at Woofa Roo Pet Fest.

St. Pierre says they’ll be sharing information with visitors regarding the benefits of animal chiropractic care and answering questions owners have regarding their pets and how chiropractic care could potentially help them.

The company is offering adjustments at their booth as well, for those who would like to have their four-legged friends adjusted at the show.

At the Pet-Ucation Centre, you’ll also find St. Pierre offering an information session and demonstration by adjusting a few dogs.

Animals cannot tell us when they have small aches and pains,” explains St. Pierre. “They carry on by changing their gait, their behaviour and their movements to compensate for their discomfort.”

These changes may go unnoticed until obvious signs such as stiffness, limping, avoiding activities, or yelping occur. During an assessment, she is trained to detect these small changes, and subsequently provide treatment to prevent further injury.

St. Pierre points out a few signs to look for with your pet: pain or sensitivity to touch; changes in behaviour; difficulty getting up or down; asymmetric postures; abnormal gait; poor or decreased performance; changes in their ability to manage stairs, jump on furniture or into the car; or simply just noticing they’re “not moving right.”

Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Centre is located at 1350 Provincial Road in Windsor (and on the web at:HolisticWellnessCentre.com). They offer animal chiropractic services within the clinic for most animals and on-location for horses.

Chiropractic care is tremendously beneficial for healthy animals and can also be used to treat animals that are experiencing specific problems and conditions in a natural way,” describes St. Pierre.

She suggests that chiropractic care can help your pet for many reasons, including: relief from back, neck, leg and tail pain; dealing with strains, sprains, muscles spasms, nerve problems, movement issues, jaw problems or difficulty chewing; recovering from injuries from slips and falls; ensuring proper development of puppies; dealing with elderly and geriatric pet problems; coping with arthritis and osteoarthritis; enhancing athletic performance; treating asymmetric postures; and overall spinal health for animals of all ages

Since the nervous system controls the entire body, many owners bring their pets in for chiropractic care even when they are not clinically symptomatic or having a particular issue,” St. Pierre adds. “Chiropractic care helps your pet’s body function at its best and facilitates its ability to heal itself. In that regard, the possibilities are endless.”

Great Value And Selection For All Your Pet Needs

For convenience, quality, selection and expertise on a wide range of things pertaining to pets, Pet Valu has many locations throughout Windsor Essex.

Shelley Hekman, District Manager, informs Biz X this is the first time they are attending “Woofa Roo” as a vendor, although in the past some franchise business owners have participated.

We will be giving away samples of our private label food and treats, called Performatrin, and coupons for a free dog wash,” states Hekman.

The several Pet Valu (PetValu.com) locations throughout Windsor and Essex County can be found at: 288 Erie Street South in Leamington; 5844 Malden Road in LaSalle (which is the hosting store at “Woofa~Roo” this year); 39 Arthur Avenue in Essex; 410 Main Street East in Kingsville; 337 Notre Dame Street in Belle River; 13596 Tecumseh Road East in St. Clair Beach; and in Windsor at: 300 Tecumseh Road East, 3155 Howard Avenue, 5060 Tecumseh Road East, 8420 Wyandotte Street East.

At our stores, you’ll find a great selection of pet food, treats, toys and accessories, all at competitive prices,” Hekman claims. “Across all our stores, you’ll find friendly pet experts trained in pet care and nutrition through the University of California Davis Extension School. We pride ourselves on being pet experts and we want to use our knowledge and experience to help you find the right nutrition and other solutions for your pets.”

Some of the services Pet Valu provides include: dog washes, grooming and adoptions. They also carry a variety of small animals, freshwater fish, birds, small animals, reptiles, hermit crabs, crickets, worms and frozen feeders.

 Hekman concludes by stating that at both the Woofa Roo Pet Fest and at one of Pet Valu’s many area locations throughout the year, you’ll find friendly and knowledgeable people dedicated to helping you find the perfect product or service for your precious pet!

Humane Society Promotes Making A Difference

Participating in Woofa Roo Pet Fest once again, this year, is the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society (1375 Provincial Road; WindsorHumane.org).

At their booth, you’ll find several products to help support the shelter, along with a lot of information about the variety of services they offer, which some people may not know about, according to Events & Communication Relations Coordinator Emma Amlin.

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