********* Oakville’s Christmas Sharing Guide *********

November 18th, 1997




Share the Christmas spirit and find ways to give back over the holiday season! NOTE: This list is updated as information becomes available.  


Volunteer Halton has volunteering opportunities for a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.

GET HELP: Free Community Dinners

Happy Festivus Dinner
For teens 13-19 years of age
An RSVP would be appreciated but not necessary.
Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Fri. Dec.18, 2015

Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
A ticket is required to attend the dinner. A limited number of tickets will be available starting on Mon. Nov.30, 2015 at the Salvation Army Community Church office, 1225 Rebecca St.
When: Mon. Dec.14, 2015
Where: St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Rebecca St.
Contact: 905-827-5324 ext 22


Faith Baptist Church
Where: 1415 Trafalgar Rd. (directly across from Sheridan College)
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015 at 6 pm
Contact: 905-842-0938 or email office@faithoakville.ca to register


Calvary Fellowship Church
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015
Where: Oak Park Community Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Dr.
Contact: 289-795-0365 or email Pat@calvaryoakville.ca to register

GIVE HELP: Food, Gift and Toy Drives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton
Donations of grocery food cards.
Call ahead to ensure someone is available to receive them.


Canadian Blood Services
December blood donor clinics:
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd
When: Thu. Dec. 10, 2015 3 pm-7 pm

Where: Oakville Soccer Club, 1520 Pine Glen Rd
When: Tue. Dec. 15, 2015 4 pm-7 pm

Where: Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd
When: Fri. Dec. 18, 2015 1 pm-7 pm


Canadian Forces:
Write to the Troops, see here
Op Santa Claus (send treats and necessities to Canadian Forces deployed overseas), see here


Home Suite Hope
Donations of cash, grocery, gas or clothing gift cards, sponsor a child’s music lesson or sports program or the gift of your time to volunteer.
Where: Home Suite Hope, 484 Kerr St. (call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive them)
When: 9 am-5 pm until Mon. Dec.21, 2015
Contact: 905-339-2370 or visit the website for cash donations


Children of Christmas Past
Choose a tag from the gift tree which contains a senior’s Christmas gift wish. Purchase a gift, wrap it with the gift tag face up (showing senior’s name and gift request) and return the gift to the tree location. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas morning.
Where: Kicks for Kids, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Mon. Nov.16, 2015
Contact: 905-849-5437


Fareshare Food Bank
Donations of food or cash.
Where: 1240 Speers Rd, Unit 6
When: Tue. Dec. 1, 2015
* food donation bins also located in grocery stores during business hours
Contact: 905-847-3988


Food for Life Turkey Drive
Volunteers will ask shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life. The turkeys will be distributed through social service agencies.
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 201 Oak Park Blvd. and Fortino’s, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Sat Dec.12 and Sun Dec.13, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm
Contact: exdir@foodforlife.ca

Food for Life Food and Toy Drive
Donate non-perishable food, canned goods and toys
Where: Live Well Health and Healing Centre, 108 Bronte Rd
When: until Mon. Dec.21, 2015
Contact: Call 905-825-1992 for hours


Halton Regional Police Service Toys for Tots
Donations of new unwrapped toys, Canadian Tire money, cash or gift cards at various locations for distribution by the Salvation Army.
Where: Drop off at any police station or any Canadian Tire store, some TD bank branches and some Kerr Street businesses.
When: Fri. Nov.13 to Fri. Dec.18, 2015
Contact: HRPS at 905-825-4747 ext 5240


Halton Women’s Place
When: Mon. Dec.7 to Fri Dec.18, 2015
Contact: 905-332-1200 ext 244 for drop off location and times.


Kerr Street Mission
Donations of food or cash.


Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Monetary donations also welcome.


Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Christmas Toy Drive
Donate toys for infants, children and teens. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 12 and up.
Gift cards from local retail stores are also welcome.
Donations are distributed to local families and agencies including Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Aid Society, Halton Women’s Shelter, and the Oakville Parent-Child Centre.
Where: starting at Oakville’s Santa Claus parade or drop off at any Oakville Fire station
Royal LePage Realty Plus, 2347 Lakeshore Rd W until Dec.21, 2015
Wellness for the Body, 2418 Lakeshore Rd W until Dec.16, 2015
When: Sat., Nov.21 until Dec.18, 2015
Contact: click on the link for more information and locations of fire stations.


Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, cash or grocery gift cards, family Christmas food or gift hampers.


Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Donations of food, clothing, toys or cash.


Salvation Army Oakville Community Church
Donations of food, cash or new unwrapped toys.


Salvation Army – Santa Shuffle: 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk:
Helps the Salvation Army of Oakville assist families and individuals at Christmas and throughout the year.
Where: Oakville Arena, 133 Rebecca St. (at Kerr St.)
When: Sat. Dec. 5, 2015 at 10 am
Contact: register at www.santashuffle.ca


Celebrate the Lights
Horse drawn wagon rides to enjoy the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood.
Enjoy Christmas carols, raffles and snacks with 100% of the proceeds to Easter Seals, Ontario to send children with disabilities to summer camp.
The event is free but participants are asked to make a donation.
Where: Sunningdale School, 1434 Oxford Dr.
When: Fri. Dec.18, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Elizabeth Polak 905-617-3556 or email elizabeth.polak@century21.ca


Shoebox Project for Shelters
Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes for distribution to women in local shelters and others in need. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, gift cards (include the value and receipt if possible) as well as personal products. No candles, products containing alcohol, razors, Halloween candy, books or clothes that are sized.
Boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of $50.
Where: Donations can be dropped off at:
Integra Tire, 616 York St.
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E.
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St.
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290
When: Thu. Nov.12 to Fri Dec.11, 2015 * check locations websites for hours
Contact: Sandra 416-450-5904 or email Sandra@shoeboxtax.ca


Trees for Kids
Bring an unwrapped toy/gift-preferably for a teen and receive a Christmas tree. Toys donated to Oakville children, funds to Easter Seals
Where: Century 21, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Sat. Dec.5, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm
Contact: Hans Taal 905-845-9180 www.treesforkids.ca


** Created by Information Oakville, a Service of the Oakville Public Library **

Your library. Your community. Your input.

May 20th, 1998

Oakville Public Library is in the process of creating an exciting new vision for the library and the community it serves, and we want your help as we plan for the future.  This is an exciting opportunity to “re-imagine” the library and will assist us in creating our strategic plan for 2016-2019 and for the future.

Open house-style community consultations will be held on Thursday, June 2. All are welcome to attend and share suggestions for the library’s future.

The open house schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 2, 2016  2:00pm – 3:00pm  /  Central Branch Auditorium  (120 Navy Street)

Thursday, June 2, 2016  7:00pm – 9:00pm  /  Town Hall  (1225 Trafalgar Road)

Teens Only session

Thursday, June 2, 4:00pm – 5:00pm   /  Central Branch Auditorium  (120 Navy Street)

We hope to see you there! If you have questions or concerns, please contact Trish Sousadias.

If you would like us to keep in touch with you as we proceed through this strategic planning process, please sign up for our Strategic Plan 2016-2019 updates here. As the library moves forward with its strategic planning process, there will be other opportunities for residents to get involved.

Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities

January 1st, 1999

We have partnered with Volunteer Halton to help our customers find volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Whether it is for high school students looking to fill their 40 hours, seniors looking to make connections in the community, or anyone else looking to volunteer their time to local organizations, volunteering is a great way to participate in your community, help local organizations, and gain a rewarding experience while gaining useful and marketable skills.

Drop into our Glen Abbey Branch every second Monday, starting January 11th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, and receive one-on-one personalized help finding the right volunteer experience for you, with a representative of Volunteer Halton.

Intended for: All Ages
When: Every second Monday, starting January 11th, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Where: Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free

No registration required. This is a drop in program, first come first served.

Adult Board Games Meetup @ the library

March 20th, 1999

This is a meetup for people who enjoy playing board games and tabletop games! The group is informal and inclusive and we play games that are easy to learn and fun to play. Best of all, it’s FREE. Drop in, socialize and choose from a variety of games that we’ll continue to expand.

Age: 16Y and up

Central Branch  120 Navy Street  5:30 – 8:30 pm

In 2016 the meetups will happen on two Thursdays per month

  • Thursday Apr 21 (Auditorium)
  • Thursday May 5 (Program Room 2)
  • Thursday May 19 (Program Room 2)
  • Thursday June 2 (Program Room 2)
  • Thursday June 16 (Program Room 2)
  • Thursday June 30 (Auditorium)


Oakville Public Library Bed Bug Prevention & Containment Policy

April 18th, 1999

Oakville Public Library has never received a complaint regarding bed bugs, nor has a sighting been reported. Even so, the library acknowledges that proactive inspections, staff training, promptly reporting sightings and destroying bed bugs immediately are the most important actions it can take toward mitigating bed bug problems. As bed bugs become increasingly more common in North American public spaces, Oakville Public Library employs a proactive approach to minimize the risk of their presence.

Oakville Public Library is committed to the providing a positive library experience for all of its customers as well as a safe working environment for its staff.  As part of this commitment the library has implemented a comprehensive and pro-active policy and procedure involving inspections of facilities by pest control professionals and training for staff on the identification and containment of bed bugs.

Prevention, Protocol and Procedures
All library staff are aware of procedures and protocol related to handling materials contaminated with bed bugs. In the event that a customer discovers bed bugs in borrowed materials, containment and proper handling is extremely important. Guidelines for customers who suspect bed bugs in library materials are available in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Inspection Results

April 2015 Inspection Results
Central: Clear
Woodside: Clear
Glen Abbey: Clear
Iroquois Ridge: Clear
White Oaks: Clear
Clearview: Clear

Seniors’ Series Spring 2016

April 20th, 1999

Join us on Wednesdays to learn about new topics from our guest speakers and get to know others at these informative and informal sessions! Everyone is welcome, however these sessions are aimed at older adults, aged 55+.

Dates: Wednesdays, April 20th to June 8th, from 10:30am – noon

Location: OPL Central Branch Auditorium. 120 Navy St., Oakville

Cost: Free,  no registration required. Drop-in and bring your friends!

Sessions are as follows, but topics may change:

April 20Moving, Downsizing & Decluttering: Get tips from expert Joan Ulrich of TLC Moving Solutions; whether you’re moving to a smaller living space or just want to de-clutter

April 273D Printing: Learn all about the emerging technology of 3D Printing and see our printer in action

May 4Introduction to Handwriting Analysis (Graphology): Let Edda Manley, Certified Handwriting Analyst lead you through the fascinating world of handwriting analysis

May 11Learn How To Make Your Own Outdoor Planter: Demo and lecture provided by a master gardener from the Oakville Horticultural Society

May 18Personal Safety at Home & While Travelling: Presented by the Halton Regional Police Service Seniors Liaison Team (SALT)

May 25It’s Not Right: Recognizing & dealing with elder abuse

June 1Genealogy Resources at OPL: Learn about OPL’s many resources for researching your family history, presented by Elise Cole, our Local Collections Librarian

June 8Lifelong Learning Online with OPL: Let us lead you through all the digital learning resources available free at the library, from learning new languages, getting comfortable with technology, and researching health and wellness topics


Light refreshments provided


Wills, Power of Attorney and Probate

June 25th, 1999

*** This program is now full. Please add yourself to the Iris Waitlist and you will be added to the registration list if a spot becomes available ***

Come and learn about General Power of Attorney, Continuing Power of Attorney, Personal Care Planning and Probate at our two hour session. This session is intended for seniors, organizations that serve seniors, and family and friends of seniors that are involved in their future planning.

Speaker: Richard T. Howitt Q.C. of Howitt Law Barristers and Solicitors, Georgetown, Ontario.

Age: 18Y+

Cost: Free

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Date: Saturday June 25th  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Please register through iris with CourseCode: 215825 or call us at 905-815-2042 to add your name to the list


Downtown Oakville gets new credit card machines in lots and extended on-street parking times

September 24th, 1999

Visitors to Central Branch who park in Lot #10 now have the ability to pay-by-plate and park for 3 hours at a time. Please see the Town of Oakville’s memorandum below regarding the changes or visit www.oakville.ca for more information. If you have comments, questions or would like to provide feedback regarding pay-by-plate parking, please contact Parking Operations – Engineering and Construction at the Town of Oakville via (905) 338-4394.

Starting September 9, 2014, two changes to parking in downtown Oakville will make it more convenient and efficient for anyone shopping, dining or visiting the area.

“These parking upgrades are just the start of facilitating even easier and more convenient access to all of the worthwhile experiences downtown Oakville has to offer,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Earlier this year, Council and I asked residents and businesses for their input on improving parking in downtown Oakville. We listened and we’re making changes.”

The first change includes replacing all existing pay and display machines in downtown municipal lots (including Kerr Village), with more convenient and efficient pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. You no longer need to display a ticket on the dashboard of your car, simply enter your licence plate, pay and go.

“Pay-by-plate machines are very convenient,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction for the town. “For right now, these new machines will only be in the municipal lots, but in the spring, we will be converting all on-street machines to these pay-by-plate as well.”

Cozzi added that you just need to make sure you know your licence plate number to use the machine. His trick is to take a photo of your plate with your smart phone.

The second change extends the on-street parking time to three hours from its current two-hour limit starting September 9. All on-street parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be updated by the end of September. The extended three-hour parking will allow visitors to stay a little longer. All machines on the streets and in the lots will accept credit cards and coins. The cost to park on the street in downtown Oakville is now $2 per hour except along Water Street which remains at $1 per hour, and parking lots remain at $1.50 an hour.

In early 2015 the town will be making additional parking changes downtown that include improving parking and directional signage to make it easier to find parking locations, and introducing 20-minute quick stop parking spaces throughout downtown.

A detailed map of on-street parking areas, municipal lots and information on how to use the new pay-by-plate machines are available on the Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.