Living yoga, miniature art, and Chinese tea: January’s events

Ice sculpture GuelphHappy New Year! We’re really sorry that there isn’t more going on this month, but we dropped the ball and instead of scrambling, we’re re-grouping and promise to do better for February. That being said, there still are some events happening this month which you should definitely come downtown for:

Drop-in Yoga Class

Students of all levels are welcome to join Living Yoga & Health from 5:30-6:30 pm. Focus is on breathing and moving with awareness through specific warm-ups to open the body in preparation for the yoga poses being taught. Benefits of poses and modifications for different abilities will be offered.

This class reflects the yoga teaching on self-less service, and is often referred to as Karma Yoga. Teachers give freely of their time, and all funds raised through the “pay-what-you-can” donations ($5-$10 recommended) are given to support charitable needs within our community. Taught by various teachers. Living Yoga is located at 105 Wyndham Street North.

Miniature Art Workshop

Come on by the Guelph School of Art at 125 Wyndham Street North and make a miniature piece of art. Thinking small with our big imaginations, we’ll be creating tiny paintings and drawings. Gumball Press will be joining us to talk about their project and they will also be accepting submissions.


Tea Ceremony

Join Robert James Coons on a journey through Chinese tea culture. Robert is a Guelph native who has been living in Asia, researching Chinese arts and culture and tea ceremony. Robert is just arriving home from Shanghai in time for Fourth Friday where he will introduce various teas from China and Taiwan and present Chinese tea ceremony.

Did you know that tea in China occupies the same status as wine in Europe? Tea comes in many qualities from the kind at the dinner table which costs pennies per cup to exotic varieties which go through hours of production, and perhaps years of aging.  Some teas are made from the leaves of ancient trees, some as old as 300 years.  Single bricks of tea can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

At Fourth Friday, Robert will be presenting teas from his own collection as he explains Chinese tea ceremony and how to properly taste, see, smell and understand these exceptional teas. Visitors will develop a more educated palate and discover how to appreciate and buy Chinese and Taiwanese tea.

The tea ceremony will include tasting of some very high quality pu er and wulong tea.

This event will take place at 10 Carden from 7-10pm.

Museum Exhibits

Admission is free. Celebrate the end of the week and the start of the weekend with music and more. Music by Celtic Harpist, Sharlene Wallace

Visit our special exhibits from the University of Guelph – 50 Years of Building a Better Planet and View from the Hill and Beyond

These exhibits will be held at the Guelph Civic Museum (52 Norfolk Street): 5 to 9 pm

Feel more, think less: May’s Fourth Friday events

Whitestone Gallery Fourth Friday's Guelph

Musical Performance

@Whitestone Gallery (80 Norfolk Street): A free concert by James Gordon in the context of a new event “Pillow Talk”.

Art Exhibit

@ 10 Carden (10 Carden Street): Artist Carol Tinga will be working on a new painting and will happily share the stories behind her latest works featured in the current exhibition, Feel more, think less which continues to May 29th. Stop by any time between 7-10pm!

Guelph Haunted Walk

Starting @ The Guelph Train Station: Reservations preferred. Small fee, cash only please. Walk leaves at 8:45pm and lasts for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t be late! $10 for adults & $8 for children and students.

Make Your Mark Studio

Boarding House Arts, (Studio 301, 6 Dublin Street), 6pm to 9pm: Check out Guelph’s newest maker’s space. We celebrating Fourth Fridays with a Stitch-In! Got a textile project in progress and enjoy the company of other makers? Then bring your project along and work on it in our bright, fresh space – anything yarn, thread or fabric related goes. Just want to come say “hi”? That’s fine too. We look forward to welcoming you!

A yes to kNOw Skateboarding

Guelph Civic Museum offers a ride on the wild side on Friday, May 24th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. as part of Fourth Fridays  in downtown Guelph. Drop in to explore the popular exhibit kNOw Skateboarding: 60 Years of Skateboarding and Skateboard Culture. Enjoy demonstrations by Ward Skatepark’s Demo Team on a mobile skateboard park in the museum’s parking lot.  At 7:00 p.m. take in a talk about the evolution of skateboarding by author, publisher, activist and skateboarder Michael Brooke. Get energized old school punk rock style with local band The Nasties.

kNOw Skateboarding ends Sunday, June 2. Guelph Civic Museum’s Fourth Friday hours are 5-9 pm.  Admission is free. Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk St.  For more information, call 519-836-1221 or visit

Wine Tasting

Red Brick Cafe (8 Douglas Street): Get a sheet with descriptions. $10 per person for 4 samples. 1 white & 3 reds from one country or varietal. Each month different wines. No reservations required. Impress your friends with your new wine knowledge! From 5pm – 11pm

Pay-What-You-Can Drop-In Yoga

@ Living Yoga (105 Wyndham Street North) 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Students of all levels are welcome to join in this drop-in class. Focus is on breathing and moving with awareness through specific warm-ups to open the body in preparation for the yoga poses being taught. Benefits of poses and modifications for different abilities will be offered.

This class reflects the yoga teaching on self-less service. Teachers give of their time and funds raised through the “pay-what-you-can” donations are given to support charitable needs within our community. For more information, please visit our website.

Makin’ Faces Face Painting: December’s events

Rob O’Flanagan performance poetry at Casual Gourmet, November 2011 Fourth Friday Guelph

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Happy Holidays! Wind down after the frantic last minute shopping of the past few days by visiting local artists and merchants in the Downtown area!

Check back regularly for  new events!

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