Hey Londoners!

Does anyone here like beer? More specifically, does anyone like microbreweries? Well, I have an event for you then! For all the beer aficionados out there, you have to get tickets to the Forest City Beer Fest! On Saturday August  11, 2012 from 4pm to midnight, APK Live (340 Wellington St) will be the place to be for a taste from 13 microbreweries. For a mere $15, you get 3 beer tickets, one take-home sampling glass and plenty of live music to entertain you. Curious about what to expect? Here’s a list of the participating brewers;

    • Flying Monkeys
    • Great LakesDouble Trouble/North American Craft
    • Lake of Bays
    • McClelland Premium Imports (Delirium Tremens + More)
    • Mill St.
    • Muskoka
    • Nickel Brook
    • Railway City
    • Silversmith
    • Snowman – Gluten Free Beer making a special appearance!
    • Spearhead
    • Steamwhistle

In case you are wondering, this isn’t a family friendly affair (19+), so get yourself a babysitter for the night!

If beer isn’t your thing, but the babysitter is already booked, then why not check out Corelicious? This special event is centred in the heart of London at various downtown restaurants. From August 9-19, 2012, participating restaurants will be offering up a 3-course prix fixe menu for either lunch or dinner. The dinners range from $20-$35 and lunch is $15-$20 (2-courses). With restaurants like Abruzzi, Garlics of London, Jambalaya, Michael’s on Thames, Thaifoon Restaurant, Trü Restaurant and Lounge, plus many more, you are sure to find something to tempt you. With the low prices offered, you might even try a few places and discover a new favourite restaurant in the core!

Perhaps you were looking for something to do that was fun, but had an altruistic bent to it though? I have just the thing for the motorcycle enthusiasts out there – The Freak Poker Run. Before you write off my last suggestion as a little too crazy for you, let me share with you how this motorcycle ride helps.

The Canadian Cancer Society notes that there will be approximately 186,400 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada in 2012. Of that number, 1 in 4 Canadians will die from the disease. That equates to 200 Canadians dying every day from some form of cancer. Those numbers are staggering. When you think about the treatment of all of those people, that amounts to an awful lot of money. There are many programs in place to assist with treatment costs, but not all expenses are covered. That can equate to a huge financial burden for those suffering from this horrible disease and in some cases can even prevent treatment from ever taking place. That is why the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund at the London Regional Cancer Program was established.

“The Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund helps to bridge the gap and take part of the financial burden from these patients so they can focus on battling their disease.”

Funding is available for, but not limited to:

• Wig (up to a maximum of $800)
• Other head coverings, when a wig is not selected
• Prostheses (portion not covered by ADP)
• Mastectomy bras (maximum of two)
• Mastectomy swimsuit
• Childcare during treatment
• Respite care
• Transportation (when volunteer drivers are not available though the Canadian Cancer Society or other organizations)
• Parking (pre-approval required)
• Equipment rentals
• Drugs (e.g., Trillium deductible, supportive medications to treat symptoms related to treatment)
• Nutrition beverages (high protein/high energy beverages)
• Lymphedema supplies – portion not covered by ADP (e.g., compression sleeves)

As you can see, there are needs out there and when they are not met it makes it difficult for families that are already going through an extremely taxing time. One such person that walked that road was Garry “Freak” Woods. His personal battle with cancer is what has inspired the Freak Poker Run. This year’s ride takes place on Saturday, August 11, 2012, leaving from Rocky’s Harley Davidson (900 Wilton Grove Rd). Registration is open til 10:30am and the ride is expected to be 2-3 hours, finishing with live music and a barbeque back at Rocky’s. While Garry lost his battle to cancer, he wanted to make other people’s experience with the disease a little easier to bear. Supporting this motorcycle run raises money for the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund, which will do just that.

So if you have a bike, what are you doing this weekend?