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The Speak Easy Cafe promises the fastest breakfast in town (photo: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough - Part 3by Eva Fisher

This week, Hank and daughter Eva visit The Speak Easy Cafe and talk about eggs, a breakfast lottery, and unusual breakfast meats.

An unrecognizable Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, the godlike supermutant who wants to destroy humanity in X-Men: Apocalypse

False idols - a review of X-Men: Apocalypseby Elliott Burton

Latest installment of superhero franchise brilliantly returns to social justice roots

In The Laramie Project, a play about the 1998 murder of LGBTQ college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, 14 Lakefield College School students take on almost 70 different roles (photo: Geoff Bemrose)

Lakefield College School actors tackle intense subject in The Laramie Projectby Sam Tweedle

Production about 1998 murder of LGBTQ college student Matthew Shepard runs at Bryan Jones Theatre May 26 to 28.

Washboard Hank's breakfast at the Lock Street Diner featured perfectly cooked yellow yolked eggs (photo: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough - Part 2by Eva Fisher

This week, Hank and daughter Eva visit Lock Street Diner and talk about Matt Shaughnessy, toast, and digestion.

South Pond Farms owner Danielle French demonstrates one of her recipes for a new reality show called Taste of the Country on the Makeful channel (photo: Blue Ant Media)

New television series captures life on South Pond Farms in Pontypoolby Eva Fisher

"Taste of the Country" follows Danielle French and her staff through supper clubs, butter tart tastings, house concerts, and more.

Kate Story as Estragon and Dan Smith as Vladimir are Waiting for Godot in The Theatre on King's production of Samuel Beckett's most well-known play (photo: Andy Carroll)

Hope deferred - a review of Waiting for Godotby Sam Tweedle

Final production in Beckett Fest at The Theatre on King in Peterborough runs from May 18 to 21.

Monica Dottor as Laura O'Brien and Liam Davidson as George O'Brien in the original 4th Line Theatre production of The Hero of Hunter Street, written by Maja Adral and directed by Kim Blackwell. The play premieres this June at the Winslow Farm in Millbrook. (Photo: Rebekah Littlejohn,  courtesy of 4th Line Theatre)

4th Line Theatre brings the story of 1916 Quaker Oats factory fire to lifeby Sam Tweedle

"The Hero of Hunter Street", premiering in Millbrook this summer, tells the story of the O'Brien family.

Quebec-based blues singer Angel Forrest performs at the Nexicom Studio on June 9; Irish blues singer and guitarist Grainne Duffy opens the fall Elite Blues Series at the Nexicom Studio on September 15

Showplace's Elite Blues Series bookends seasons with two powerful singersby Paul Rellinger

Angel Forrest closes out current season June 9 in the Nexicom Studio; Grainne Duffy welcome blues music fans back Sept. 15 for a new season.

In this four-part series, food writer Eva Fiaher's dad Washboard Hank is your guide to the best breakfasts in Peterborough (photos: Eva Fisher / kawarthaNOW)

Washboard Hank's guide to the best breakfasts in Peterboroughby Eva Fisher

Local musician and greasy spoon expert guides his daughter Eva through some of the best diners in Peterborough.

The Tres Hombres food rave offered a variety of innovative dishes, including this white chocolate and local chevre mousse presented in an empty marrow bone and topped with bone marrow truffles, candied bacon and popping sugar (photo: Eva Fisher)

KNosh News - May 2016by Eva Fisher

Featuring Tres Hombres, Peterborough EATS, The Endeavour Centre, Peterborough Wednesday Farmer's Market, and more.

Millbrook native Serena Ryder opens the 30th anniversary season of Peterborough Musicfest with a free concert at Del Crary Park on Saturday, June 25 (publicity photo)

Peterborough Musicfest announces line-up for its milestone 30th seasonby Paul Rellinger

Multiple Juno Award winner Serena Ryder opens 19-concert series June 25; Kiefer Sutherland among those who will take to the Fred Anderson Stage.

Legendary children's performer Fred Penner will be taking the stage at Nicholls Oval this August during the Peterborough Folk Festival

Peterborough Folk Festival announces first acts performing at August music festivalby kawarthaNOW

Line up includes Fred Penner, Born Ruffians, Reuben and The Dark, Craig Cardiff, and Megan Bonnell.

50/50, Artspace's annual gala art draw and aution, takes place on Friday, May 6 in Peterborough (photo: Artspace)

Art on the Street - May 2016by Elizabeth Fennell

Exhibits in Cobourg, Peterborough, Lindsay, and Warkworth featuring artists Mike Smalley, Anne Renouf, the Leitmotif group, and more.

Super-talented Jimmy Bowskill performs a show with harmonica virtuouso Carlos del Junco in Cobourg on May 13 and then a solo show in Maynooth on May 14 (photo: Jeremy Kelly)

musicNOW - May 2016by Josh Fewings

Featuring Rae Spoon, The Lazy Devils, Willie Stratton, Riishi Von Rex, Petunia, Jimmy Bowskill, Kennedy Cult, Peter and The Wolves, and more.

Emily Blunt as Freya and Charlize Theron as Ravenna in Huntsman: Winter's War

Happily never after - a review of Huntsman: Winter's Warby Elliott Burton

Perplexing prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" opens in theatres on April 22.

Peterborough author Andrew Forbes' latest book is The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays

Baseball's essential boredomby Andrew Forbes

An excerpt from "The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays" by Peterborough author Andrew Forbes

Feature Stories
The design concept for the new location of The Canadian Canoe Museum, looking south from the Peterborough Lift Lock. At a public meeting on May 26, museum officials and representatives from the design architect team shared the inspiration behind the new design. (Photo: Samantha Moss / kawarthaNOW)

Inspiration behind design for new Canadian Canoe Museum revealed at public meetingby Paul Rellinger

Site for new facility near Peterborough Lift Lock expected to be "shovel ready" in 2017

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The Hicks family: Mitchell, Linda, Cameron (on poster), Andrew, and Gord. The family founded Cam's Kids in honour of Cam who, after overcoming anxiety issues as a teenager, was tragically killed by a motor vehicle at the age of 19 early in his first year at the University of Ottawa (photo courtesy of Cam's Kids)

Cam's Kids raising awareness and support for youth struggling with anxietyby Paul Rellinger

Hicks family launches foundation to honour the memory of their son and brother Cameron.

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While a portion of King Street in downtown Millbrook undergoes reconstruction, merchants remain open for business (photo courtesy of the Township of Cavan Monaghan)

Downtown Millbrook open for business during reconstruction of King Streetby kawarthaNOW

Initial phase of revitalization project expected to be complete at the end of May.

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Breast cancer survivor Michelle Thornton (left) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease in 2014, after she was called back to PRHC's Breast Assessment Centre six months after a routine screening there. She and Marilyn Buxton (right) are both members of the Survivors Abreast paddling team. (Photo: Robert Boudreau)

Michelle Thornton is living proof that breast cancer screening saves livesby Jeanne Pengelly

Donations to PRHC Foundation will fund new state-of-the-art screening equipment at Breast Assessment Centre.

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The Galvin Team at RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. Brokerage: Sales Representative Lorrie Tom, Broker Andrew Galvin, Sales Representative/Marketing Sharon Ford, and Sales Representative Eric Mickee (photo: The Galvin Team)

The Galvin Team: when you hire one of them, you hire all of themby Jeanne Pengelly

Each member of Andrew Galvin's #1 team at RE/MAX brings a unique strength to help you buy or sell your property.

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Peterborough natives Chad Maker and Kirk Comrie of A71 Entertainment are bringing Prisoner X, a sci-fi thriller starring Julian Richings and Michelle Nolden, to Peterborough's Market Hall on May 11. Additional films are screening throughout 2016.  (Photo: Sam Pryce-Phillips, courtesy of Avi Federgreen)

A71 Entertainment bringing more Canadian indie films to Market Hall in Peterboroughby Sam Tweedle

Prisoner X screens on May 11, featuring Q&A with star Michelle Nolden, followed by The Rainbow Kid on June 9.

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Musical generations (front to back) Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins, Kris Kristofferson, Robin Hawkins, Ryan Weber, James McKenty, and Sam Weber (photo: Leah Hawk / Facebook)

Music legends Kris Kristofferson and Gordon Lightfoot join The Hawk at his Stoney Lake studioby kawarthaNOW

Local musicians join icons for a secret recording session

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Summer is synonymous with beer, and the return of the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in June is one sure sign summer is on the way (photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

Eight sure signs summer is coming to The Kawarthasby Bruce Head

BBQ, cafes, farmers' markets, outdoor music, drive-ins, camping, beer, and more.

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YWCA's START program is available every Monday for any woman in the Kawarthas, young or old, looking for help to escape an abusive relationship

It takes a community to help a woman leave an abusive partnerby Jeanne Pengelly

YWCA's START program provides abused women, including seniors, single-point access to community services and support.

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Kathy McConnell raises alpacas at Hubbert Farms while her partner Donna Simmonds helps sell retail products made from alpaca fibre at The Alpaca Shop

Chance meets ingenuity in local alpaca businessby Jeanne Pengelly

Entrepreneurs Kathy McConnell and Donna Simmonds team up to breed alpacas and bring products to market.

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Community News & Profiles
At the Peterborough Children's Water Festival this week, Glen Caradus led students through the history of the Otonabee River from a cultural and environmental perspective by following the story of the river while children interact with a watershed model and find ways to conserve and restore the river (photo: Karen Halley, GreenUp)

15 years of watering young minds at Peterborough Children's Water Festivalby GreenUP

Almost 1,400 elementary school students participating at annual water education event at Riverview Park and Zoo.

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre presents "The Power of Our Voices - Building Community for Victims and Survivors of Crime" on Thursday, June 2 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough. The event features a reading from Judith Thompson's new play Who Killed Snow White?, a talk from former longtime OPP criminal profiler and author Kate Lines, and a panel presentation and discussion.

Raising the voices of victims and survivors of crimeby Paul Rellinger

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre presents June 2 survivors' event at Peterborough's Market Hall to coincide with sexual consent conference.

Toronto-based The Law Studio is opening offices in Times Square as of June 1st

The Business Beat for May 23, 2016by Stu Harrison

Featuring The Law Studio, Fransky Mechanical, Delectable Fine Foods, Dandelion Day, and more.

Have some fun for a great cause at the Activity Haven Golf Classic on June 4 at the Heron Landing Golf Club in Peterborough

Get your golf on and help support Activity Havenby kawarthaNOW

Recreation centre's 4th annual golf classic fundraiser takes place on June 4.

At a design charette for the Active Neighbourhoods Canada Peterborough Project last November, community members, local stakeholders, and City of Peterborough representatives discussed the Bethune Street redevelopment. On the table is the Stewart Street neighbourhood model which community members used to identify places they love, play, travel, and live. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUP)

Peterborough's Bethune Street is getting a complete makeoverby GreenUP

City's flood reduction reconstruction project offers opportunity to create a more livable urban streetscape

The main branch of the Peterborough Public Library will be located on the lower level of Peterborough Square in downtown Peterborough while renovations are made to the building on Alymer Street (photo: Peterborough Public Library)

Peterborough Public Library reopens in Peterborough Square on May 19by kawarthaNOW

Library will operate at temporary location until summer 2017 while Alymer Street location undergoes renovation.

Eric Petersiel playing guitar with his daughter Lilah, a neuroblastoma survivor, at the annual James Fund Neuroblastoma Family Retreat. The 9th annual Nexicom James Fund Golf Classic on June 6 raises funds to support families attending the retreat, where kids with neuroblastoma can play at camp and their families can come together to share their struggles. (Photo: Kristian Partington)

Sharing memories and inspiring hope at the James Fund Neuroblastoma Family Retreatby Kristian Partington

9th Annual Nexicom James Fund Golf Classic on June 6 raises funds to support families living with the childhood cancer.

Even a small garden bed can bring beauty to your living space and great bounty to your dinner table. Narrow raised beds alongside the The GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough flourished last summer with species of squash, tomato, sunflowers, and herbs. (Photo: GreenUP)

Container gardening is for everyoneby GreenUP

GreenUp's Karen Halley shares her experience and tips for creating your own mini garden.

Summer is synonymous with beer, and the return of the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in June is one sure sign summer is on the way (photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

Eight sure signs summer is coming to The Kawarthasby Bruce Head

BBQ, cafes, farmers' markets, outdoor music, drive-ins, camping, beer, and more.

Ontario is building more electric vehicle charging stations across the province (photo: Government of Ontario)

Nine electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at six locations in Peterborough areaby kawarthaNOW

Provincial government investing $20 million to expand electric vehicle infrastructure across Ontario.

The Shifting Gears program is among the most successful transportation demand management initiatives implemented in Canada. Shifting Gears significantly reduces the number of Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) trips made during the month of May by encouraging community members to walk, cycle, carpool, or ride the bus. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Shift gears during the month of May and connect with your cityby GreenUP

Walk, cycle, carpool, take the bus, and more during Peterborough's annual transportation challenge.

Port Hope's historic downtown, waterfront trails and beaches, and proximity to the Ganaraska River put it on Cottage Life's list (photo: Christopher Pelletier)

Lindsay and Port Hope are two of the quaintest towns in Ontarioby kawarthaNOW

Cottage Life magazine bravely selects 10 Ontario towns that balance charm, culture, and community

Unlike the privately owned 407 ETR (pictured here at Woodbine Avenue), the extension of Highway 407 east from Brock Road to Highway 35/115 is a separate toll road owned and operated by the Province of Ontario (photo: Wikipedia)

Highway 407 extension to 115 on schedule for 2019 openingby kawarthaNOW

Expect to see more impacts on traffic as construction activity increases with warm weather.

A new study has identified an old-growth forest along the shores of Jackson Creek in Peterborough (photo courtesy of Ancient Forest Exploration & Research)

250-year-old trees identified in Peterborough's Jackson Parkby kawarthaNOW

Jackson Creek Old-Growth Forest is one of eight urban old-growth forests in Ontario.

What's On Now - Events in The Kawarthas
Pubs & Clubs
One of our most popular columns! Find out who's playing where this weekend, from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh to Peterborough.
Publisher's Picks
Major, interesting and unusual events that our editors have deemed to be worthy of our endorsement and promotion across The Kawarthas.
Art, Performance & Culture
Gallery openings, exhibitions, theatre, performance art, dance and more! Celebrate local talent and the venues that attract great talent.
Business Events
From networking meetings to conferences to Chambers of Commerce, we are the only online source for business events anywhere in the Kawarthas.
Concerts & Live Music
Concerts: indoor, outdoor, series, folk, blues, jazz, classical and rock kawarthaNOW.com has them all listed! Promote your concert event here for free!
Cinemas & Drive-Ins
Movie listings from cinemas and drive-ins across the Kawarthas. We're the only local site to compile this information in one place for your convenience.
Films & Repertory Cinemas
Film festivals, theatres, and organizations screening classic, independent, and foreign language films (and some first-run movies too).
Community Events
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Children's Events
Events designed just for Kawartha kids. Great things to do indoors and out! Be sure to watch this column during school holidays for special events.
Youth Events
These events are designed for the tweens and teenagers - kids or "youth" that are about age 12 and up! Events listed are throughout The Kawarthas.
Seniors' Events
Rewire your thinking about aging with our events for seniors. Many events are happening throughout the entire area - check out our column for all of them!
Fundraising Events
From men wearing red shoes to pink paddles, we promote worthy fundraising events in the Kawarthas. Help the community and join in! Post your event for free.
Outdoor Events
The Kawarthas are a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Our outdoors column is your first stop for weekend and outdoor planning.
Sports & Recreation
Individual and team sports competitions, games, and fitness and recreational activities throughout the Kawarthas.
Showplace Performance Centre
Concerts, plays, performances, and community events coming to the main stage and to The Nexicom Lounge at Peterborough's downtown centre for the performing arts.
Activity Haven Seniors Centre
Peterborough's Activity Haven Seniors Centre offers a wide range of activities and programs for people over 50 years of age. Here's our list of upcoming events.
Canadian Canoe Museum
The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is an engaging, family-friendly place that offers a fascinating look at Canadian history as seen from a canoe.
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Kawartha Settlers' Village in Bobcaygeon is home to a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings. Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawarthas!
Globus Theatre
Globus Theatre at Bobcaygeon's Lakeview Arts Barn stages innovative & creative productions including professional summer theatre with a 3-course dinner option prior to evening performances.
Millbrook Events
Millbrook is a unique village in a valley, 20 kilometres southwest of Peterborough, where history lives on in turn-of-the-century charm. It's also home to the acclaimed 4th Line Theatre.
The Business Beat
By Stu Harrison.
One of our most visited columns, and we also have archives dating back to 2004!
Business Beat Archives
We"ve got them all dating back to 2004! The Business Beat archives by Stu Harrison.
Venues Listing
We have 1638 venues, businesses and organizations listed on our website. Each listing includes an address, contact information, map, and a link to events at the venue.
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Seasonal Events in The Kawarthas
Peterborough Musicfest
The 30th anniversary season of free summer entertainment in beautiful Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough takes place from June 25 to August 24.
Lakefield Literary Festival
This annual festival takes place each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence's birthday (who lived and worked in Lakefield) and showcases many current Canadian authors.
Summer Outdoor Concerts
There are lots of outdoor summer concerts in the Kawarthas and, better yet, most of them are free! Our column covers regional concert listings!
Summer Theatre
Summer theatre is a long-standing tradition in The Kawarthas. From small volunteer community-based groups to professional theatre, we've got the listings and something for everyone's tastes this summer season. Enjoy!
Outdoor Films
There's nothing like watching a movie outdoors on a warm summer night, whether in a park, on the beach, or even in a barn! Check out our list of outdoor films in the Kawarthas.
Summer Camps & Activities for Kids
Keep the kids busy all summer long with our extensive guide to summer camps and activities for children in the Kawarthas.
Lang Pioneer Village
Established in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area, Lang Pioneer Village features over 20 restored and furnished buildings built between 1820 and 1899 and a working Grist Mill built in 1846.
Environment, Ecology & Gardening
Events related to the environment and ecology, as well as workshops of interest to gardeners.
Regional Farmers' Markets
From Spring to mid Fall the Kawarthas are rich with bounty and outdoor markets. Check out our guide and send us your favourites.
Riverview Park & Zoo
The Zoo is always a popular spot! Check out our summary of their current events.
Trails Guide
One of the best things about The Kawarthas is that there is always a trail nearby! Check out our guide to regional trails!
Provincial Parks Guide
We're always within driving distance to a Provincial Park. Here is our guide to local day and overnight parks.
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