1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13
REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill St., Kitchener
If you are interested in creating year-round fertilizer for your house plants or garden but you don't currently compost, this crash course in vermicomposting — composting with the help of wiggly worms — is for you. Facilitated by Heather Cray, a PhD candidate and restoration ecologist at the University of Waterloo, the event will go over how to start, recommended supplies and tips and tricks. There will also be a chance to ask questions.
Meditation walk (with your dog)
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 14
Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Dr., Kitchener
Join The Dog Haus, a daycare and training centre, and fellow canine owners for a meditation walk. The forecast says it'll be a sunny, but cold, Sunday morning. Dogs must be kept on leashes, but the organizers say this kind of walk will help you find peace while also giving your four-legged pooch the chance to socialize in new places. There are a few rules to note on the event's Facebook, so have a read before heading out.
Stories Aloud Open Mic Storytelling
8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12
Button Factory Arts, 225 Regina St. S., Waterloo
Join the Baden Storytellers' Guild for an evening of, well, stories. If you have a story that takes no longer than five minutes to tell, you may want to consider getting up to share your tale. Or you can just kick back and enjoy some hot apple cider (bring your own mug and $5 for admission). This is a monthly event, so if you don't make it out this weekend, you'll get another chance.
Guelph Symphony Orchestra — Goldilocks and the Three Bears
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk St., Guelph
The Guelph Symphony Orchestra's string family — violin, viola, cello and double bass — will be performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears, perfect for little ones and families Sunday afternoon. This is similar to the "Kinderconcerts" at the River Run Centre. There will be two half-hour performances, one at 3 p.m., one at 4 p.m. There's also free admission to the museum starting at 2 p.m. Go early and take in a few of the exhibits, including the children's area (I'd remind children to only ring the streetcar bell twice, but we all know that's not going to happen).
The Beggars Banquet at Rhapsody
9 p.m. start, Saturday, Jan. 13
Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
Join Rolling Stones tribute band The Beggars Banquet for some great music in a fun, downtown establishment. Do they have the moves like Jagger? Find out for yourself.