The annual Young Awards Gala is a fantastic opportunity to get dressed up in your fanciest duds, enjoy a delicious meal and quality entertainment, and support arts initiatives in local schools. This year's event takes place at the Almonte Agriculture Hall at the Almonte Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 12 starting at 6pm. Ingrid Hamster Harris and Jeff Mills will receive awards in recognition of their contributions to arts and the community. Hosted by Josie Geuer of Hot 89.9 and Jeff Semple of CBC television and featuring an incredible, experience-focused silent auction, this annual gala puts the fun in fundraising."Drop a batch of John Prine and original tunes into a bottle of bourbon, stir in electric guitars, stand-up bass, wailing harmonica and Stetsons, bake in a rollicking stage show, and you've got the John Prine Experience". – Kris Riendeau, editor of theHumm.

Nathan Sloniowski & The John Prine Experience put on a show that is eclectic, energetic and highly entertaining. On Friday, May 11, catch them at the Barley Mow starting at 8pm.

Although it seemed like we had full summer back in March, the weather lately has been much more spring-like. A sure sign of spring is the opening of local farmers' markets. On Saturday, May 12, the Carleton Place Farmers's Market will celebrate their Season Opening at their brand new Market Square. Be sure to stop by, pick up a few seasonal leafy greens and say hi to friends and neighbours.

Sunday, May 13 is Mother's Day, and there's nothing that would please mom more than attending Building Small Town Canada

— a community discussion with Senator Terry Mercer, Liberal Critic for Transport, Infrastructure & Communities. From 1-3:30pm, Senator Mercer will host a conversation with the community at the Almonte Old Town Hall, sponsored by the Carleton-Mississippi Mills Federal Liberals.