The annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is back for the seventh year, and although this year’s festival will be virtual, it promises to be equally filled with science, technology and fun.
The festival will take place from Monday, June 21 to Saturday, June 26. This will be an opportunity to celebrate science in an interactive and welcoming setting for all ages, a news release issued by Science North stated.
The community is invited to take part in a series of virtual events, including “It’s Not Rocket Science! Trivia Night” hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Register for trivia online.
“Last year’s festival was also held virtually, but we’ve gone a little bit bigger this year and we have more activities and shows going on,” said Grace Schmidt, a staff scientist at Science North. “We’re really glad to be able to do this and connect with communities across Northern Ontario.”
“The trivia night will be great for teens and adults. We’ll have a wide range of science-related topics, but you don’t have to be a science expert to enjoy it. It will be played over Zoom with the Kahoot! App, and there will be prizes available to win,” Schmidt said.
This year’s virtual festival will also include the annual Science Carnival, where live shows and a library of science videos will be shown throughout the week.
“In a non-pandemic year, we would finish off the science festival with a science carnival with hands-on activities for families to explore,” she said. “This year we’ll have a virtual version of that with pre-recorded videos of cool science going on in their labs. The videos will be released twice a day throughout the week for everybody to watch. Then, on Saturday we’ll have a couple hours of live shows.”
“We’re really excited about the carnival connecting us with some exhibitors that we wouldn’t normally be able to see in person, but we’re excited about being able to get back in person, too,” Schmidt said.
MP Terry Sheehan and MP Ross Romano had some positive words to share about the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival as well.
All Levels Reiki Share on Zoom
Join Anne-Marie from the Healing Loft as she hosts a virtual Reiki Share on Thursday, June 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. The class will be held via Zoom and will include meditation, one-on-one talking in breakout rooms, and Reiki treatments. The Reiki treatment will be voice-guided by Anne-Marie. Reiki Shares are offered by optional donation. If you would like to offer a donation, you can EMT to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFRA’s Juhannus Telethon
The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association and Foundation will be hosting its first virtual event, “OFRA’s Juhannus Telethon”, showcasing local talents, music, food, and more, a news release issued by OFRA reads. The virtual fundraising event will take place on Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. and will be live streamed via Facebook. Viewers have the option to pick up dinner from Aurora’s Restaurant to enjoy while watching the telethon at home.
“Every year, the Ontario Finnish Resthome celebrates our two major events,” said Margaret Gardner, fund development coordinator for the Foundation. “Our annual Juhannus Celebration (Finnish Midsummer Celebration), and Harvest Fest, our biggest fundraiser. The Juhannus Telethon combines all the elements from both events into one spectacular night of entertainment,” Gardner said.
Horizon Drive in Movies
Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or want to experience something new, Horizon Drive In is coming to Sault Ste. Marie on June 26 and 27 to feature four movies that you can watch from your vehicle at Strathclair Park. The Greatest Showman and Vacation will be shown on Saturday, June 26 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, June 27, Ice Age and Annabelle Comes Home will be shown. This will be an opportunity to enjoy the classic outdoor movie experience, while following COVID-19 guidelines. Tickets and more information are available online.