More Holiday Events in London {#LdnOnt}

 Citi Plaza Story Time With Santa

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and I’ve said it before, London loves to celebrate in style.

Here are a few fun and family friendly events taking place this weekend that you’ll not want to miss out on. Enjoy!


  • When: Sunday December 11, 2011
  • Time:  11 am – 1 pm
  • Where: John Labatt Centre. Note: Skaters are asked to enter the building through Gate 4 at Ridout and Dundas.
  • What:  Global Spectrum Facility Management will be opening the John Labatt Centre doors to the public for the 4th annual Open House Skate. All members of the community are encouraged to stop by our downtown venue and participate.
  • Cost: Admission is FREE! A toy or cash donation for the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex would be appreciated


  • When: Saturday December 10, 2011 & Saturday December 17, 2011
  • Time: Stories begin at 9:30 am, movie to follow
  • Where: Citi Plaza (formerly Galleria)
  • What: Stories from Santa & a movie.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 – The Polar Express
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Cost: Free! (Story time & movie)


  • When: Saturday December 10, 2011
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Mastermind Toys, 685 Fanshawe Park Road
  • What: A festively decorated London Transit Bus will be parked in the Mastermind Toys parking lot ready to accept new and gently used unwrapped toys with a particular need for children ages 10+.
  • In addition to collecting toys to Stuff the Bus, Mastermind will also generously donate a skid loaded with toys.  At the end of the day, the bus will deliver the toy donations directly to the Salvation Army for distribution.
  • Drop-in to donate a toy and take a photo!


  • When: December 1 – December 31, 2011
  • Time: Normal paid parking hours
  • Where: Designated areas. See map below.
  • What: 2 hours of free parking in designated downtown shopping areas.
  • Cost: Free! (Parking cannot exceed the time limit posted in each zone)


The Diary of a Disgruntled Pedestrian

Dear Diary

October 25, 2010

Dear Diary,

Now that I live downtown, I spend a lot of time on the sidewalks, walking through intersections and using crosswalks. Today I have to admit to you that from all this exposure I have become a disgruntled pedestrian.

We all know the rules of the road as drivers; red means stop and green means go. What people seem to be clueless about are the rules of the sidewalk. Unfortunately, there is no handbook or exam to take for a licence to walk the streets. There is however an unwritten set of rules; a mutual understanding. I want to make it my mission to write these rules and share them with the world.

Rule #1
Walk on the right side. When using the sidewalk, the left side of your body should be in the centre of the sidewalk; just as we drive on the right side of the road.

Rule #2
Pedestrians with strollers or young children earn the right of way. This is assuming you have already broken #1. Don’t make someone with child walk nearest to the road.

Rule #3
As a driver, do not pull out over the sidewalk. Stay behind the sidewalk line until you have a clear opening to proceed. Should you find yourself on the sidewalk and a pedestrian comes along, back that thing up!

Rule #4
Again, as a driver, do not pull out into any intersection until it is clear to go. Blocking the road between two sections of sidewalk causes the pedestrian to walk into the line of traffic. The same goes for major intersections. Those two white lines indicate where feet should be, not tires.

So you see diary, whether you are the driver or the pedestrian it is of utmost importance that these rules are followed. In return, I promise never to jaywalk or to start crossing the road after the hand signal has started to flash. If someone fails to adhere to this list, they may just run into a disgruntled pedestrian like me.

Happy strolling!

Photo courtesy of Photographed by nuttakit.

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