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La Ronde reopens doors

People can stop by to renew memberships, daycare programs not running yet
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Centre culturel La Ronde operates out of the old St-Charles School on Kent Avenue. Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/TimminsToday

Centre culturel La Ronde is now open again to the public.

The francophone organization was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic but reopened its doors Thursday.

Executive director Lisa Bertrand said all staff members have been brought back in, but they don't know if they can reopen the daycare programs yet.

"What we're doing right now is we're accepting memberships, people can come in and see us," she said. "And we're also preparing right now. We're getting ready for the before-and-after daycare programs but we're not even sure if we can open them yet. We have no idea at this point."

This year, La Ronde has partnered with several businesses, including Bermuda Tan, Gem Electrics, Girones lawyers, Manitoulin Pizza Company, Matti's Family Restaurant, Midnight Express, Rebel Soul Tribe, Smiles for Life and Timmins Home Hardward, to provide discounts for its members.

People can stop by the office to renew their memberships or do it online.

Members receive discounts on La Ronde's show tickets, reduced prices on painting courses, dance classes, before-and-after daycare programs, on March break and summer camp, and get a free swim once a month. Members with children will also get a free show at Christmas.

The centre has teamed up with Centre de Santé Communautaire de Timmins to host a community BBQ on Monday, Aug. 10, where people can learn more about the programming.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old St-Charles School on 120 Kent Ave.

The French primary care clinic will also have an information booth on their services and community programs and will offer registration for those who want to access primary care services in French.

At the end of July, La Ronde has reopened its bingo which is now taking place every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Players are asked to wash their hands, complete the customer check at entrance as well as wear a mask and respect physical distancing and floor signs.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

About the Author: Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering diversity issues for TimminsToday. The LJI is funded by the Government of Canada
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