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 This Month In Lambton 

This Month In Lambton

 Accessibility Advisory Committee Recognized

In light of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), Lambton County Council recognized the work of the County's Accessibility Advisory Committee at its November 29 meeting.  Council heard the group to date has worked to remove over 350 accessibility barriers in our community.  The Accessibility Advisory Committee has also partnered with the City of Sarnia to install charging stations for power wheelchair and scooter users at over a dozen community locations and also provides wheelchairs for borrowed use at many County facilities.

County Council - November 29, 2017

 Creative County Grant Program Funds 17 Projects for 2018

At a recent meeting, Lambton's Creative County Committee approved $96,700 in funding assistance for 17 projects under the Creative County Grant Program.   The Creative County Grant Program was launched in 2013 to support innovative projects that build cultural capacity, strengthen the creative community, define the County's unique identity and enrich the quality of life of all residents. The program provides up to 50% of total project costs for new arts, culture and heritage initiatives across the County.

Broadway on the Beach

Broadway on the Beach, part of the Wednesdays Familiar Favourites series, supported by the Creative County Grant Program

The projects that were approved for the 2018 program year include the following:

$15,000 to Sarnia-Lambton Rebound to support the music therapy program Rebound Rocks, which is designed to engage youth ages 16 - 20.

$1,000 to the Port Franks and Area Camera Club to host open houses and coordinate guest speakers as part of the Grand Bend Arts Festival, in addition to hosting photography workshops for adults and children.

$6,000 to YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario for the Newcomer and First Nations Youth Cultural Exchange, a series of six events offering First Nation and Newcomer youth the opportunity to learn from each other, share their cultures, and develop leadership skills.

$1,000 to the City of Sarnia for the summer entertainment series Get out of the Garage, which invites four youth bands/musicians to showcase their talent on the Centennial Park stage.

$17,000 to the Town of Petrolia for Victoria Playhouse Petrolia's joint cultural investment initiative with the County, which seeks to promote the VPP more broadly to a growing patron base and work with the County to cross promote other regional cultural attractions and assets.

$10,000 to Sarnia Artwalk for the Local Artist Showcase, supporting the acquisition of two canopy tents for the 2018 edition of the event for use by local artists for art sales, demonstrations and workshops.

$1,500 to the Grand Bend Art Centre for Paint Ontario Artist Call, designed to increase the number of art entries to the 2018 Paint Ontario art show and sale by deploying a targeted digital marketing campaign to Lambton County and Ontario landscape and portrait artists.

$2,700 to support the Alvinston Arts and Music Fest event.

$5,000 to Creative Connections with Jan, for a weekly art program at Kinwood Public and Kettle Point-Hillcrest elementary schools.

$3,000 to Huron Shores United Church for the Performing Arts Programming Pilot Project, to develop, market, and launch a live performance in the newly created concert hall of the church in Grand Bend.

$2,000 to the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston for a stairwell mural at the municipality's office and entrance to the arts and activity space.

$3,500 for production of the Klondyke Marsh History commemorative book.

$9,500 for Focus on Ability, a horticultural-based visual arts program.

$1,800 to support the creation of an intergenerational community choir that performs at Lambton Meadowview Villa.

$6,250 to the Watford Legion to commission a local artist to paint a 20 foot historical mural on the Legion's façade.

$2,000 to Lambton Shores Nature Trails for log structure panels at the Forest Walkway Trailhead and the Port Franks Heritage Forest trailhead.

$9,450 for material and program costs for the Me, You & Us painting classes coordinated in partnership with Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and the Ausable Optimist Club.

The next application intake is scheduled for the fall of 2018, and will support initiatives taking place during the 2019 year. For more information about Lambton's Creative County Grant Program, visit and click on the "Creative County" tab under the "Residents" heading.

 Exhibition Opportunity for Local Artists

Lambton County artists interested in displaying their work are invited to make their submission to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) on or before February 18, 2018. The Gallery’s Look & See 2018 Call for Entry is open to all Lambton County artists including those who have never before shown in a formal exhibition. Selected artists will have their work presented in one of two time periods: June 1 - 17, 2018 or July 6 - 15, 2018.

Look and See exhibition

Artists must live in and produce their artistic work in Lambton County. All work must be original. Any media will be considered. Those who have had an exhibition at the JNAAG in the past three years or are scheduled for an exhibition at the gallery within the next three years are ineligible. Some accommodation may be made for works that have been shown elsewhere in Lambton County within the past three years.  Submissions must include your artist statement, an entry fee of $25.00 (members of the Gallery can submit for free), a USB with JPEG images of up to 12 works or short video of time-based work, and special installation instructions, if required. All submissions must be mailed or dropped off to the gallery. No electronic submissions will be accepted.  For an application form and submission details visit the JNAAG’s website,

The gallery's curatorial team will review all submissions from which studio visits in March 2018 will be determined.

 Sarnia Library Presents "Star Wars Day"

The Sarnia Library will be presenting Star Wars Day” on Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Library Theatre, East and West Rooms.  The Library will be showing the feature length science fiction action movie "Rogue One: a Star Wars Story" at 10:00 a.m. with a repeat showing at 2:00 p.m. The event will feature displays, games, discussions and demonstrations of the movies, books, video games, and other media.  Admission is free; however, the library will accept donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Inn of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.  Events will run until 8:00 p.m.

Sarnia Library

Stars Wars Day is rated ‘parental guidance’ for science fiction action violence.  The theme or content may not be suitable for all children.  Please call the Reference Department at 519 337-3291 for more information and to confirm your attendance.

 Interactive Road Safety Website

Motorists are encouraged to use the Ministry of Transportation's 511 Travellers Information Service interactive website to check for construction delays, access weather/traffic cameras, review road conditions and track snow plow locations before heading out. Remember to pack an emergency kit and go slow in ice and snow.

 Winter Driving

Much of Lambton experienced its first significant snowfall of the season earlier this month, leading to a number of collisions and vehicles in roadside ditches.  Many winter collisions occur because drivers are travelling too fast for road and weather conditions. If you encounter blowing snow and snow-covered roads while driving, slow down and leave yourself extra space between vehicles.  Sometimes the safest decision is to change your travel plans and wait until conditions improve.

2010 snow emergency

To help you plan ahead, the Ministry of Transportation provides information about road conditions through its website, where you can also view camera feeds from certain provincial highway locations.

Before the next snowfall, read about winter safety tips and Ministry of Transportation resources by visiting

 Facility Renewal at Lambton Heritage Museum

Lambton Heritage Museum is temporarily closed to the public as the County facility undergoes a significant renewal and renovation project.  The museum is closed for mechanical, electrical, accessibility, aesthetic and architectural modifications.  It is hoped the majority of work will be completed by mid-February.

Sign at Lambton Heritage Museum

This is the first major renovation to take place at the museum in 25 years and will modernize the building, bringing staff and public spaces up to a contemporary museum standard.  For more information email or visit

 Happy Holidays

County Council and staff wish to extend warmest holiday wishes to all Lambton residents this season.  Many County facilities will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 to celebrate the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays and Monday, January 1 to celebrate New Year's Day.  Please phone ahead if you plan to visit a facility over the holidays.  Happy Holidays from the County of Lambton!

Reception at the County Administration Building



 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Jan 17 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Feb 7 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Feb 21 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9 a.m., Mar 7 - Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)
9 a.m., Mar 22 - Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)*
9:30 a.m., Apri4 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Apr 18 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

*if required