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Improv Workshop

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Ever find yourself wondering: “What the heck is happening in this scene??” This advanced workshop explores the idea that scenes can often be broken down into one of two categories: one weirdo or two weirdos. We will cover how to recognize which kind of scene you’re in and what you can do in either case. “One Weirdo, Two Weirdos” teaches you to listen carefully so you can identify and build your scenes from a strong position. This way you can develop an instinctive awareness of exactly what the heck is happening in your scene.

Instructor: VINNY FRANCOIS of Montréal Improv

$40 per person
Requirements: Active improv experience required


Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser and is an award-winning instructor. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He also is Executive Producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival.

Vinny plays in and directs his mash-up of an Armando with a Ted-Talk, “Learn Real Good”. He has co-produced four improv shows for the Montreal Fringe Festival and directed the tragic improv show “It’s Not You, It’s Me” in Canada, the US and the UK. He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg & Vancouver (Best Workshop, 2016) and was the inaugural Ensemble Director for the Improvised Play Festival in 2017. Vinny has also performed and held workshops in Dublin, London, Paris, Antwerp, Geneva, Tallinn, Canberra, Melbourne, & Wellington.
His locally produced shows include:

  • Life Story (a one-man version of Johnstone’s Life Game, 2013)
  • Double Down (an evening of duos, 2014-ongoing)
  • As The Bagel Turns (an improvised soap opera, 2014)
  • Superhospital (an improvised medical drama, 2014-2015)
  • Flash Memory (an improvised noir/sci-fi, comedy/drama experiment with audio-visual elements, 2016)

Vinny is excited to share the thrill of doing improv with anyone willing to learn.


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What wonderful weather we have had lately and more to come.  Celebrate this gift of a late summer by doing a few sun salutations, while being good to your body and mind by attending one of our wonderful yoga classes with Carrie at the Athol Town Hall in Cherry Valley

$5 per class.

Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm

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Mats Supplied

All levels!


Current Session runs September 7th to October 12th 2017.


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Upcoming Events……..



Hallowe’en Party Friday, October 27th.  Details to come.

Lantern Workshop November 5th noon- 4pm Kids FREE Adults PWYC.

Family Bowling Bus Trip to Belleville November 12th  Details to Come.

And more in the works!


From the friendly folks from the Athol Recreation Committee!



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And the AWARD goes to….

The Athol Recreation Committee is pleased to announce the Phil Dodds Memorial Award this year goes to Cherry Valley resident Susan Wallis. Sue was Vice-Chair of the committee for several years before taking on the Treasurer’s role. An acclaimed encaustic artist, she cheerfully admits that accounting is not her “first language”, nevertheless she stepped into the void and successfully applied energy and commitment to the task to keep the committee rolling. Among her many contributions as a volunteer, Susan was instrumental, with her husband Glen, in bringing back the much-loved Strawberry Social summer event to Cherry Valley. She created and maintains the Athol Rec Blog site (atholreccentre.com) and has posted more than 500 items to date to keep the community up to date on What’s Happening. As well as orchestrating many events and workshops, Susan is the uncrowned Queen of Decorating for committee activities at Athol Town Hall and the go-to person should you need a costume for an Athol Rec. event. The committee thanks Susan for her enthusiasm and her contributions.

-Janet Davies, Secretary of the Athol Recreation Committee and previous award winner.
 About Phil Dodds: Philip Dodds nicknamed by those who knew him as Mr. Prince Edward.  Dodds joined the Picton Gazette at the age of 18 as a reporter in 1924 and retired as the editor of the paper 42 years later.  He is also the editor of the book Athol, Stories of a Township and it’s People During the Past 132 Years.  The book is an invaluable account of local Athol history available for all to read at the library in Picton.  Mr. Dodds is buried in the Cherry Valley cemetery.  The Phil Dodds Memorial award recgonizes volunteer service to the community of Athol Township.

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Here is our agenda for this month’s meeting.  As always all are invited to attend.


Athol Rec. Committee Agenda Wed. September 13th 6:30 pm.

1.Call to Order

2.Confirmation of Agenda

2.1 Motion to Confirm Agenda THAT the agenda for the Athol Ward Recreation Committee meeting of September 13th 2017 be confirmed.

3.Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof

4.Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting on June 7th 2017.

4.1 Minutes from the meeting held on June 7th 2017.

THAT the Athol Ward Recreation Committee Minutes from the meeting held on June 7th 2017 be adopted as presented.

5.Deputations (Maximum time per deputation 15 minutes each)


6.Items for Consideration

Hall Reno Update- Glen (Front\Prints\Kitchen\Chairs\Other clean-up)

Review Past Events:

– Improv nights (July and August)

Upcoming Events:

-Yoga with Carrie current session September 7 –October 12th 2017

-Games nights?

-Lantern Workshop Nov. 5th

-Yard Sale- May 27th postponed to Fall? Janet and Shannon.

-Bowling (Shannon) Fall?

-Other events?

– 6.1 Treasurers Report : June\July\August reports

Other Business:

New members: Candace Wilkins

6.2 Correspondence THAT the Correspondence received from________regarding __________ be received

7.Adjournment MEETING adjourned at _____p.m.


Next Meeting date : To be discussed



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$5 per class.

Thursdays 5:30-6:45 pm

Drop in

Mats Supplied

All levels!


Current Session runs September 7th to October 12th 2017.


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