Northcrest Ward: Take a True Crime Tour with Peterborough Perpetrators

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Due to the popularity of the July tours, Trent Valley Archives (TVA) is offering its newest tour, “Peterborough Perpetrators”, two Fridays, August 5 and 12, starting at 7 p.m.

“If you like intriguing and horrifying stories, you’ll want to join Madison More, an experienced researcher who will lead the tour based on these macabre stories,” read a statement for the tours.

Tours take place downtown and feature true crime stories including a ‘daring escape from Peterborough Jail followed by a province-wide police chase, the murder of Grand Hotel owner Murray Greens and the gruesome discovery of human remains linked to a mysterious disappearance.

Everyone is welcome, but we encourage you to take advantage of visits with members of your circle. This tour operates rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather.

TVA relies on funds generated from their tours to help finance their archival work.

The cost is $20 per person and registration and payment in advance are required.

Tickets are available by visiting trentvalleyarchives.com/events or by booking with Heather at 705-745-4404 or by emailing [email protected]

Observing meteor showers

Join the Peterborough Astronomical Association (PAA) on August 12 to see the annual Perseid meteor shower from 9 p.m. until the wee hours of the next morning.

The event will take place at the top of Armor Hill at Ashburnham Memorial Park. It’s free and open to the public and fun for all ages.

Although optical aids are not required or recommended for the meteor shower, AAP members will have telescopes set up to view other wonders of the night sky.

Participants will be able to spot Saturn as it will be visible in the early evening after sunset, as well as many star clusters and galaxies as the evening progresses. There will be a near-full moon all night, which unfortunately will wash away part of the night sky, leaving only the brightest Perseid meteors visible.

The PAA will use all of the parking lot at the top of the hill. To promote the safety of AAP members and the public, the summit of Armor Hill will be closed to vehicular traffic. Parking will be available in the lower lot, across from the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

Come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors. COVID-19 protocols will be in place to protect the public and AAP volunteers.

This is a weather and COVID-19 dependent event. If the sky is cloudy and rainy or if COVID-19 restrictions dictate, the event will be canceled that evening. Please check the AAP website, peterboroughastronomy.com, for status on the day of this event.

Zoo concert

This Sunday, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Fade Kings present a concert of rhythm and blues, jazz and blues at the gazebo at Riverview Park and Zoo. This concert is part of the free summer concert series sponsored by the Peterborough Utilities Group. These concerts take place every other Sunday until Labor Day, weather permitting.

Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the music. The gazebo is surrounded by picnic tables and a grassy park, an ideal place for a picnic. There are toilets nearby.

Ephemeral courses

Looking for something to do for the little ones? Lavender and Play, 1434 Chemong Rd offers several pop-up classes in August. Classes will take place outside depending on the weather. There is something for everyone and the cost ranges from $10 to $15.

There’s Fun With Slime, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Under the hour of history and crafts of the sea, August 9 at 10:30 am; Baby Picasso, for baby keepsake art, August 16 at 10:30 a.m.; and a circle of songs and rhymes on August 23 at 10:30 a.m. The cost of the circle is $10 per family.

For more information and to register online, visit lavenderandplay.ca/collections/programs.

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