It is harvest time and once again this week we have a bumper crop of events to attend in the area.

If this missive reached the Millstone’s editor in time, then it is possible that you still have to time to head over to the Cornerstone Community Church to see horticulturalist (and nude model) Ed Lawrence. Ed will be speaking about Gardening Without Pesticides starting at 7:30. He’ll provide lots of tips, tricks and techniques to keep your garden going strong. All proceeds go to Mississippi Mills Communities in Bloom.

On Thursday, Mill Street Books is the place to be at 7pm for the JK Rowling Book Launch Party. That’s right, the author who created Harry Potter has a new, non-magical, adult mystery novel to her credit. There is a great deal of buzz about The Casual Vacancy, so be sure to head over to MSB for a bibliophilic good time!

Friday is one of those days that creates a quandary for locals looking for great entertainment. Two fabulous events are taking place and you will only be able to go to one. Over at Foodies, Kelly Sloan will be paying tribute to Soul Divas as part of Foodies Fine Foods‘ dinner and a show series. Seating is limited so you will have to reserve tickets. As an added bonus, the Almonte Riverside Boutique Inn is offering a door prize of a night’s stay for two! The other big event this Friday is the  SchoolBOX Latin Fiesta. Join the SchoolBOX community at the Almonte Agricultural Hall for a fantastic celebration to raise funds and awareness for education in Central America. The night will feature live latin fusion music (perfect for dancing), a silent and live auction, and a very special guest. Tickets are $20, $10 for students and children under 13 are free.


   If you are not too tired from all of the dancing on Friday night, you will certainly enjoy Inspirations from Africa and India at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum on Saturday from 2 to 4pm. On display will be artist Neera Saibel’ exhibition of works based on classical African textiles, accented with beads from West Africa and other work using traditional Indian textiles highlighted with threads, sequins and beads. The opening of Neera Saibel’s exhibit is part of Culture Days.

Saturday evening, Canadian folk singing legend Murray McLauchlan returns to Carleton Place for a concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, starting at 8pm. The last time Murray played Carleton Place, the first show sold out within hours and a second show was added (which also sold out). So, don’t be disappointed, get your tickets now for a truly memorable evening of music.