Five cool things to do this week (September 6 to 12)

For some people, the month of September means a fresh start – so, now's the time reinvent yourself! Brush up your computer skills in a workshop, chat about books and improve literacy, and get funding for that small business idea.
By Heather Marrin
The Big Chill movie Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill

1. Get Big Chills

The red carpet will be rolling out for the stars of the 1983 cinematic classic The Big Chill to mark its 30th anniversary at the Toronto International Film Festival. Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger and Mary Kay Place, as well as director and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and producer Marcia Nasatir will all be in attendance for the screening as well as an onstage discussion about the cult fave. If you aren't one of the lucky few in the audience, this weekend toast its anniversary and schedule your own at-home screening.

The Big Chill Festival Special Event, September 7, Princess of Whales Theatre

2. Get your greens

For number of us the air of September comes in like a breeze of healthy reminders. Get back on track by making healthy food choices and go for extra greens. Check out a vegetarian food festival or exercise your culinary skills at home with these recipes.

29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival, September 6 - 8, Toronto


Meatless Monday at Tang's Bistro, September 9, Vancouver

3. Launch your start-up

Have you spent your life thinking that you're sitting on a million dollar idea? On September 9th, Canada welcomes KickStarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Even better news, the pot is that much sweeter as Rogers Communications will be celebrating small businesses this month by launching a national contest that will award $20,000 to startups in Canada. Here's your chance to trump, Trump!

4. Take a computer class


Have you ever felt like a tech dinosaur? Not to worry, here's your chance to get savvy! Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization that runs workshops for those who want to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills. With chapters all over the country and events scheduled coast to coast this month, why not sign up this week for an upcoming event?

5. Chit-chat about books

Sunday brings International Literacy Day, and what better way to spend it than having a chit-chat with your friends or family about books. Whether it's trading your latest recommendations, or selecting a new book to all read in unison and discuss along the way, recognize this day set by the United Nations to stress the importance of basic literary skills for all.


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