FREE LUNAR NEW YEAR ACTIVITIES AT THE VARLEY ART GALLERY
Welcome the Year of the Dragon with a colourful blend of culture, arts, and storytelling this February at the Varley Art Gallery!
Lunar New Year Weekend – Drop-in on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, for free, engaging family activities. Registration is not required.
LunarFest – Drop-in on Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, for free family activities including games and workshops. Registration is not required.
Lunar Lanterns – FREE Mondays to Sundays, January 21 to March 3 – Explore the lunar lanterns in the courtyard where each one tells a unique story, casting a warm glow to symbolize new beginnings and a bright new year!
FREE BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES AT THE VARLEY ART GALLERY
Honour the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future through art and culture this February at the Varley Art Gallery. Discover a rich array of free weekend activities throughout the month including:
- Reading Series
- Silent Art Auction
- Bob Marley Tribute
- Fashion Show
- Steel Pan Performance
FREE HOME ENERGY CONSULTATION – MARKHAM POWER HOMES
Eligible Markham homeowners can complete a registration form to get a one-on-one home energy consultation with an energy expert. Home energy retrofits can save money, increase home comfort and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a LIMITED time offer so register today!
FREE MARKHAM CIVIC CENTRE OUTDOOR SKATING RINK NOW OPEN
Enjoy this quintessential Canadian tradition with family and friends! It was an honour to have helped officially open the rink in December 2011, in my former role as the local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), with a provincial contribution of $1 million.
Skate, helmet, hat and mitt rentals and skate sharpening are available at extra cost at the Civic Centre rink. For more information, including hours of operation (weather permitting status), safety rules, and other outdoor skating rinks in the City, please visit:
FREE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
The Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) is a one-stop source to start and grow your small business. The MSBC team can help you with:
- Business planning
- Start-up procedures
- Regulations and more!
Entrepreneurs meet one-on-one with our expert business consultants and have access to a variety of programs and support tailored to their needs. To learn about the FREE services offered and upcoming online events, visit here:
MARKHAM MUSEUM NEWS
There is always something exciting and engaging happening at the Markham Museum and listed below are some of the ways you can enjoy and support the Museum, open Wednesday to Sunday. For more information, please visit:
1) CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
2) VISIT SOME OF THE TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
Home. Place. Belonging. Explore, learn, and listen to the stories, traditions, and knowledge of the diverse Chinese Canadian community from Markham and York Region. On until February 25, 2024.
As the editorial cartoonist of local papers for 40+ years, the art of Pat Wheeler paints a picture of Markham and Stouffville development from the 1960’s to 2010’s.
From the Ground Up: A showcase of archaeological discoveries from excavations conducted on the Markham Museum grounds.
3) REGISTER FOR WINTER 2024 PROGRAMS
Registration is still open for a diverse range of high-quality, affordable programs, classes and workshops at the Museum, highlighting technologies such as pottery, metal working, and textiles. Program offerings include:
- Pre-school, children and teens programs
- Family and adult an older adult programs
- Camps and holidays programs
- And more!
Note: The free Winter 2024 Older Adult Classes are now fully registered.
3) PURCHASE A MEMBERSHIP OR MAKE A DONATION
Generations of donors, members and volunteers have worked together to support the Markham Museum. Contributions have expanded the collections, created exciting galleries and exhibitions, funded curatorial research expeditions around the world, and created stimulating programs for children. You can now purchase a one-year Museum Membership online through your City of Markham Program Registration and Facility Booking System account in a few simple steps!
Membership benefits include:
- Free general admission to Markham Museum and the Varley Art Gallery (excludes pre-registered, private and third-party events. Lunar Nights is classified as a third-party event.)
- 10% off Museum Summer Day Camps*
- 10% off Museum Children’s Birthday Parties*
- 15% off select purchases in the Museum and Varley Art Gallery gift shops
- Free admission to Lunch and Learn events at the Varley Art Gallery
- And much more!
*Available for Family Memberships only.
4) RENT SPACE AT THE MUSEUM
Unique and historical indoor and outdoor spaces within the Museum’s 25-acres are perfect for unforgettable celebrations including weddings, birthdays, family get-togethers, barbecues, parties, photography site visits, and so much more! They range from the Transportation Hall which holds up to 150 people banquet style to the 1000 sq. feet covered Pavilion that holds up to 120 people theatre style.
WINTER CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. ARE YOU READY?
Be prepared by having a 72-hour home emergency kit and a car emergency kit in your vehicle. Include flashlights, booster cables, non-perishable food, bottled water, warm clothes, and more. Learn more here: