Stargazing events Sept. 2 and 26

The shadows and highlights of the quarter-moon make for good viewing.

Join Sorauren Stargazers for fun group viewing of the stars, planets, moon and other celestial phenomena! Sign up to get stargazing news and alerts.

All programs start by the shipping container between the baseball diamond and off-leash area.

Friday, September 2, meet at 8:30 pm
Weather date: Saturday, September 3

  • Moongazing and Late Summer Constellations
  • We’ll explore the lunar surface and “terminator” line
  • Ancient and modern moon stories including current orbiters and the Artemis mission
  • We’ll look for the area where Apollo 11 landed
  • Learn the location of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way
  • Bonus: Jupiter, and a hunt for Comet 2/2017 K2 Panstarrs

Monday, September 26, meet at 8:00 pm
Weather date: Tuesday, September 27

  • Jupiter and Neptune at Opposition
  • Jupiter looms large and we’ll look at its four main moons
  • Hunt for Neptune
  • Views of Saturn and its great ring
  • Explore the Autumn Constellations

Movie double-header with two Toms Aug. 27

Movie posters for Big and Days of Thunder

The August outdoor movie double-header tradition returns to Sorauren Park with films from the two Toms, Hanks and Cruise, on Saturday, August 27.

Big, starring Tom Hanks in his Penny Marshall-directed role as the teenager waking up as an adult, kicks off the evening at 8 pm. Then stick around for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the Tony Scott-directed racing drama Days of Thunder at 10 pm.

All outdoor movie screenings are free, with donations gratefully accepted to help support event costs. The Snack Shack offers fresh-popped popcorn and a limited selection of drinks; bring your water bottle for the water-bottle filling station at “Owen’s Fountain.”

Sorauren Outdoor Movies are brought to you by Friends of Sorauren Park, and would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors.

Hitchcock’s Rear Window next outdoor movie July 23

It’s Mystery Night for the next showing at Sorauren Outdoor Movies, featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window on Saturday, July 23 at 9 pm on the Town Square.

Starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, Rear Window is considered on of Hitchcock’s best films.

Bring a chair, blanket and some loose change for Snack Shack concessions and the donation box.

Outdoor movies are free and supported by your donations and our great sponsors. Presented by Friends of Sorauren Park and the volunteer Film Crew.

Movies are presented on the fourth Saturday of every month to September.

Bocce lessons July 13 at the new bocce court

Join your friends and neighbours at Charles G. Williams Park on Wednesday July 13 at 6:30 pm for an intro to Bocce Ball on the new bocce court. Stephen Dorsey, volunteer director of Friends of Sorauren Park, will be on hand to explain the rules of the game, demonstrate some ball throwing techniques, and lead everyone in some fun game play. Everyone welcome. Co-hosted by PARCO CARLO, CLUB DI BOCCE (Est. 2021).

Sorauren bake oven goodies Wednesdays in July

New at the park: For Goodness Bakes! The bakers from Friends of Sorauren Park are firing up the bake every Wednesday evening in July, 6 – 8:30 pm, for fresh baked goodies. Each Wednesday features different recipes from ingredients donated by wonderful neighbourhood bakeries. (And you can burn off those calories with free world dance beginner lessons also every Wednesday evening in July, on the Sorauren Town Square.)

Quantities are limited. Pay what you can; all proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and free park programming.

Big thanks to sponsor Avryll McNair, Bosley Real Estate, for rising to the occasion, along with our bakeries.

For Goodness Bakes schedule:

  • July 6: Sourdough bread, croissants and cinnamon buns, Blackbird Baking Co.
  • July 13: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger cookies, Mabel’s Bakery and Specialty Foods
  • July 20: Beer cheddar scones and pork sausage rolls, Oy’s Joys Bakery
  • July 27: White and whole wheat dinner rolls, Robinson Bread

The Sorauren Park bake oven was donated by Friends of Sorauren Park and supporters. Sitting cold through the height of the pandemic, the oven now fires again!