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July 8th – Vol 4 – 33

Skyward rent: The steep rental market in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pushed Tim Chen to a creative solution in his living arrangements. Instead of shelling out hefty rent in the city, this arts student from Calgary opted for a unique commute: flying to his classes. After an increase in his rent, Chen found the cost of flights surprisingly more affordable. Juggling just two weekly classes while living with his parents, he manages to save over half the cost of a Vancouver apartment. As housing prices rise, unconventional solutions like Chen’s highlight how far people will go to make ends meet in one of Canada’s priciest cities.

Cargo canine: In a surprising twist in Houston, Texas (U.S.), Coast Guard inspectors found unexpected cargo among towering shipping containers. Amidst the maze, they heard a barking and a scratching sound, unstacked and opened the container, and discovered a dog who had endured eight days without sustenance in a cramped, dark crate. Despite her ordeal, “Connie the Container Dog,” as they nicknamed her, greeted her rescuers with a weary smile and wagging tail. The team took her to Forever Changed Animal Rescue, a shelter in nearby Pasadena, Texas, where her story touched the hearts of staff and visitors. Connie is under their care until a permanent home can be found.

Martian immersion: Who has fancied a taste of life on Mars? NASA is offering just that with their immersive CHAPEA program, which stands for Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog. Volunteers will spend a year in a simulated Martian habitat, which aids the U.S. space agency’s preparation for future manned missions to the Red Planet. Participants will face simulated spacewalks, resource limitations, and equipment malfunctions, replicating potential challenges of life on Mars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, or math. NASA is offering compensation for this unique opportunity to anyone seeking an out-of-this-world adventure, while simultaneously helping to advance human exploration of Mars.

Stellar support: In a social media video, a teenage girl shared how her little brother got picked on at school for wearing space-themed shirts. The video caught the attention of Vanessa Hernández, whose father is an astronaut. She responded with a video message from her dad to the boy, encouraging him to embrace his love for space, despite the teasing. In the video, Astronaut José Hernández shared his own journey to space, recounting how he faced rejection from NASA multiple times before achieving his dream. Hernández’s message concluded with a touching note to the young boy, urging him to proudly wear his space-themed clothes and aspire to join NASA one day

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting

reconciles everybody.”                                  —Samuel Pepys

“You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.”

—Bruno Mars

To submit something to the free community What’s Happening section, email us at [email protected]  a paragraph summary of your event at least three weeks prior to the event date:

St. John’s 21st Annual Community Golf Tournament – @ Oak Gables, Wed. September 18, Shotgun start at 12:30 pm. For further info. contact Linda Daniels Smith @ 905-966-2709

Wing Night at the Dundas Legion –  280 King St.West, Dundas on Friday, July 12, from 5:30-7:30pm – 1 pound of Wings – honey garlic, mild, medium or hot, veggies and dip  – $12, Fries – $3.  Eat in or Take out.  All are Welcome.

Westdale LiveFriday, July 12, 2024, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, July 13, 2024, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Westdale Village, 1020 King St W. Westdale Live! Live music surrounded by patios Fridays & Saturdays from 5-8pm. June 7 – Oct 6. For more information, please visit westdalevillage.ca

The Little Mermaid – Playful Fox Productions is delighted to bring “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” to the Zoetic Theatre on Concession Street in Hamilton on August 2nd and 3rd. This beloved family musical will enchant audiences of all ages with its timeless tale of adventure, love, and self-discovery under the sea. Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic of Ariel and her friends live on stage. Tickets are available now at linktr.ee/playfulfox.

2024 Something Else! Festival (Saturday Evening) – Saturday, July 13, 2024, St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church
2 Bond Street North Hamilton, ON
Music on the Waterfront –  Thursday, July 18, 2024 , 6:30pm-8:30pm Pier 8 47 Discovery Drive, Free live concerts Thursday evenings at Pier 8 Hamilton. Come with a chair, enjoy sunsets on the water with great bands!, July 11      Mike Stevenson, July 18       Solstice,  July 25       Karen Thornton & Friends, Aug. 1      Bruce Tournay Jazz Band,  Aug. 8       Trick Bag  , Aug 15 Loralee and The Soul Cats, Aug. 22     Lowdown Dirty Mojos, Aug. 29     The Personics
Sundays UnLockedSunday, July 21, 2024 , 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, August 18, 2024, 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, September 22, 2024, 10:00am-5:00pm Locke St S, Locke St S. Free—everyone is free, Locke Street will be open for pedestrians, and filled with live music, food, local artisan vendors, on street entertainment, and Workshop Zone!

  1. Before Memorial Day was a U.S. federal holiday, it was called what?
  2. Which of these rivers runs through Berlin, Germany—Rhône, Rhine, or Spree?
  3. She was the very first American Idol winner.
  4. The Hawkeye State is the nickname for the U.S. state of Iowa, Indiana, or Kansas?
  5. These cells in the eye’s retina are used to see colour.


(March 20 – April 19)

For the next two weeks, you may find you have more determination to tackle an old issue. What adjustment in your view­point or behaviour could help address the issue? Lucky numbers: 4, 10, 23, 30, 34, 45.


(April 20 – May 20)

This week what you want may cross paths with what is possible. How might you bridge the gap and find an option that works? Identify those who can help. Lucky numbers: 1, 4, 6, 10, 23, 42.


(May 21 – June 20)

An opportunity may be in play to present your plans this week in a way that garners the support of others. Just be care­ful not to oversell your ideas. Lucky numbers: 7, 10, 27, 29, 33, 34.


(June 21 – July 22)

Cancer folks sometimes mirror their sign of the crab and its protective shell. The energy of the next few weeks may pro­vide an opportunity for you to be more openhearted. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 9, 21, 31, 33.


(July 23 – Aug. 22)

Is now the moment to step into a leadership role? Having an open heart when interacting with others puts to good use your naturally joy­ful and enthusiastic skill set. Lucky numbers: 9, 11, 13, 14, 30, 37.


(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Are you overthinking a decision you need to make now? If so, focus on the option that is in alignment with your values and with being of service to others. Lucky numbers: 8, 17, 19, 23, 27, 28.


(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Your ability to be tactful and diplomatic may be highlighted for a few days at midweek. Does a situation let you use these talents to help achieve balance and justice? Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 16, 18, 30, 45.


(Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Your emotions may be heightened at week’s end. Finding a solution to a difficult situation may emerge, if you can under­stand the motivation that drives your feelings about it. Lucky numbers: 7, 13, 18, 21, 22, 32.


(Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

For the next few weeks, your natural optimism may get a boost of joyful and heartfelt energy. What do you want to accomplish while this dynamic is in effect? Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 12, 21, 25, 31.


(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Capricorns often have a serious demeanour, focused on building struc­ture and accomplish­ment. For the next few weeks, you may have an opportunity to radiate more joy. Lucky numbers: 11, 15, 16, 26, 30, 39.


(Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

At week’s end, you may find yourself in an emo­tional stalemate with a loved one. Step back and take a deep breath. Is there a way to reconcile the opposing views? Lucky numbers: 6, 14, 17, 20, 27, 33.


(Feb. 19 – March 20)

You may be in a day­dreaming mood this week, particularly about romance. Taking a time­out might be helpful. Just be careful of acting while wearing rose-coloured glasses. Lucky numbers: 2, 16, 24, 25, 42, 48.

Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Leo winners with the luckiest number being 30.


Lovable comedian: John Candy (1950-1994) was a beloved Canadian actor who belonged to Toronto’s Second City comedy troupe. He starred in many movies, like Ghostbusters, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Leap year: February 29 occurs because Earth takes 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds to orbit the sun. Leap years prevent Northern Hemisphere summers from eventually shifting to December!

Red spice: Paprika is made from dried, ground Capiscum annuum peppers. Most common is sweet paprika. Others are rich, sweet Hungarian paprika, fiery hot paprika, and boldly flavoured smoked paprika.

Bright blue: A lizard that lives in Australia has a unique feature. Known as the blue-tongued skink, this reptile can grow to two feet (0.6 m) long. It sticks out its bright blue tongue to surprise and scare away predators.

Not the real thing: Anyone selling butter-like products such as margarine in the state of Iowa (U.S.) cannot say “butter” on labels or advertising. This misdemeanour invites a $625 fine and up to 30 days in jail.


Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Fido. Fido who? Fido knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.

What is the best advice you can give a worm? Sleep late.

“Boy,” said one shelf to another, “you sure look board.”

Flip: “What do termites do to relax?”

Flop: “They take a coffee table break.”

I’ve never seen a fossil so opposed to working. Talk about lazy bones!

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Trivia answers:

Trivia answers:

  1. Decoration Day 2. Spree 3. Kelly Clarkson  4. Iowa  5. Cones

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