Carmen’s 5 fun things to do this weekend (Nov. 5 – 7) –

Several Diwali celebrations happening in our area this weekend and also markets for you to check out. Also don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour for daylight saving!

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A woman lights candles outside the Hindu Sabha temple, in Brampton, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2021, in observance of the first day of Diwali. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

We come to the end of another week and lots of activities happening in our area for you to do.

We also gain another hour of sleep this weekend, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Sunday for daylight saving.

The forecast this weekend is also calling for a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday and Sunday with highs near the double digit mark.

Diwali celebration 

Virtual event — Saturday, 3 p.m.

YouTube and Facebook

The Waterloo Public Library and Tamil Cultural Association are putting together a virtual Diwali celebration this Saturday.

The event will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday and will be live streamed on the library’s YouTube and Facebook pages. The event is open for everyone and no registration is required.

If you’re interested in learning more about the festival of lights, the Kitchener Public Library has books and resources available.

CBC KW also spoke with Sudhir Randev, who is the priest at the Radha Krishna Mandir and Cultural Centre in Cambridge about the festival. 

🪔✨ HAPPY DIWALI to everyone in our community (and beyond) who is celebrating today!!!

Don’t forget to join on this Sat Nov 6 at 3pm for some #Diwali festivities with our friends from @waterlootamils.


Cooking with Chef Venky Puranik

Virtual event — Saturday, 2 p.m.


If you want to learn a new recipe this weekend, Kitchener Public Library’s 85Green cooking series kicks off with Chef Venky Puranik who will guide you through a Diwali-inspired recipe.

The library’s cooking series is a collaboration with Collective Catering at The Underground Flavour Group. 

The library says the program will be a pre-recorded YouTube video released on Saturday at 2 p.m. and you need to register to receive a link.

Poppy tour in Cambridge


Cambridge and Elora

If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the poppy installations in Cambridge you should. 

The people behind the Cambridge Poppy project said they’ve been overwhelmed with contributions of knit and crocheted poppies from around the world.

They initially asked for 10,000 poppies this year, but got about three times that amount. You can check out where the poppy displays are here.

There is also a poppy display that was inspired by the Cambridge Poppy project at St. John Anglican Church in Elora.

Jazz festival in Guelph

Friday and Saturday evening

Royal City Mission, 50 Quebec St., Guelph

The Guelph Jazz Festival is putting together six more concerts this month after the Autumn Echoes Series was well received in September.

The Royal City Mission will host these concerts over the next few weeks. First up Friday night at 8 p.m., cellist Matt Brubeck and hurdy gurdy player Ben Grossman, will perform a series of rich string-based improvisations.

Then on Saturday at 8 p.m., Mira Martin-Gray from Toronto will take you on an electronic sound journey as she manipulates different mixing boards in feedback loops to “create eery and unsettling sound-worlds.” Martin-Gray will be joined by percussionist Germaine Liu.

Check their website for tickets.

Winter wonderland market

Saturday 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

Victoria Park East Golf Club — 1096 Victoria Rd S, Puslinch

If you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, the people at Creative Market have gathered over 30 vendors for the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market.

It’s happening at the Victoria Park East Golf Club on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Entry for the market is free and did I mention that hot chocolate will be served?