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Oh sweet goodness,’tis the weekend!

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FRIDAY

Writing for the whole family! A two-hour session with published author and deputy headmaster of the Northmount School, Manfred J. von Vulte, about turning writing into a fun activity. For parents and children.

(Reluctant Writers Workshop for Parents and Children: The Art of Sequential Writing, Fri, March 1, 6:30 p.m., Northmount School, 26 Mallard Rd, 416-449-8823 ext. 114, R.S.V.P to Mrs. Lolita Pereira, FREE.)

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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

It’s that SWEET TIME OF YEAR! Sweet water demonstrations, taffy on the snow, cornbread with maple syrup, a 15th century Iroquian Village to explore, and 19 k.m. of hiking trails.

(Sweet Water Season, through to April 7, 9:30-4 p.m., Demonstration, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., taffy on the snow, 1-4 p.m., Crawford Lake, 3115 Conservation Road, Halton, 905-854-0234, $5-$7.25, kids under 4, FREE)

 ALSO SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Celebrate all things Japan (with hope that spring is around the corner) at the Haru Matsuri Spring Festival of Japanese culture.  This year’s theme is dolls, which have been an important part of Japanese culture for centuries. Enjoy odori dance, arts and crafts, martial arts demonstrations, drumming, food and more.

(Haru Matsuri Spring Festival, Sat, March 2 – Sun, March 3, 12-5 p.m., Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Street, 416-441-2345, $6, ($2-kids)

SUNDAY

Do some crafts, listen to choirs, and help out two great causes. A benefit for Common Thread Community Chorus, a choir focussed on social justice and the Rainbow Song Foundation, which provides music programs to families who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

(Hands Together: A Joint Benefit Concert  for Common Thread Community Chorus and Rainbow Songs Foundation , Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, 416-410-5022, kids-friendly activities at 3 p.m., $10-20.)

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