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Harvest Dinner

Local Foods Harvest Dinner and Murder Mystery Evening Saturday, October 18, 2014
at the Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club

Buffet dinner catered by Joanne Edwards of The Cove, featuring foods produced close to home, and entertainment by actors from the Smiths Falls Community Theatre.

Tickets are $50, and includes a $15 charitable receipt. Available at the REAL Deal, Modern Thymes or by contacting Leann. See poster. Would you like to be a sponsor? Click here.

Have you got a great idea for an environmental project, but need a little cash to make it a reality?

In honour of it's 25th year, REAL is offering up to 10 $250 REAL Action Grants to community groups in LLG to make a REAL difference in their neighbourhood.

Applications accepted until September 19, 2014, with winners announced October 18, 2014. Work to be completed by June 2015. Read guidelines and see application instructions.

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REAL Deal Deals Beginning September 11

Great deals on hardware.
Details in store.

Donna accepted Andress cheque

We raised $500 at our annual Andress YIG "Customer Ask" the week of July 25th - August 2. Thanks to Dan Andress for making this possible, and to the community for your contributions! Pictured here is Donna McKenna accepting the cheque from an Andress staff member.

Our bottle Drive that took place at The Beer Store, Smiths Falls, on Friday, August 8th and Saturday August 9th raised $440.65 from the community.

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Volunteers Needed!

We could use your help at the REAL Deal Store or for other REAL activities.

Contact our new volunteer Volunteer Coordinator, Leann Merriman at 205-0818 to find out more. Leann will be at the REAL Deal Saturday Sept. 6 and 20 and October 4 and 18 from 11:00 to 1:00 to tell you about some of the possibilities.

Save a step and complete our volunteer application form so we can suggest a position that's right for you.

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Home Energy Audit Services

REAL offers energy audit services that will give you a better understanding of your home. A blower door test or thermography reading will help you determine energy-saving solutions that will genuinely benefit you.

For more details contact REAL (613) 283-9500 or Sue.

Read some other solutions to high home heating bills.

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Board Member Needed. We are looking for an energetic, experienced person to join our Board of Directors. If you are connected to the community, familiar with current and emerging environmental issues, and motivated to do something about them, join a group of like-minded people to make a REAL Difference. Meet the Board.

See a job description and send us a letter describing your interest to



Electronics Recycling at the REAL Deal

REAL Deal is now an official Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES) collection site for electronics waste.

Only certain items are accepted so please consult the list carefully. No "white goods", appliances containing freon, or miscellaneous electric appliances will be taken. What is accepted.

Materials accepted during store hours only. Find out more.

REAL Deal Reuse Store
Open Thurs, Fri and Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Next Make a Deal Day is Friday, September 26th and the next Silent Action Close is Saturday, September 27th at 1:30 p.m.

We truly appreciate donations of gently used items, but please do not leave your donations when we are closed. Check out the REAL Deal Store Facebook page.

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Have E-Waste, Can't Get to the REAL Deal?

Electronics are accepted for recycling at several authorized Ontario depots. Search by postal code at Various neighbouring municipalities also provide collection services, e.g. Tay, Rideau Lakes and Drummond North Elmsley, and may require proof of residency.

YAK in Perth also accepts e-waste.

Take it Back

Rideau Mississippi Take It Back 

Keeping it out of landfill. Find businesses and organizations in the Rideau Mississippi region that Take Back used materials for reuse, recycling or proper disposal. Art, batteries, electronics, eyeglasses, medical equipment, musical instruments, pet medications, toiletries, toys and more.

Supported by the municipalities of North Grenville, Mississippi Mills, Perth, and Smiths Falls. Let us know about other businesses that should be on the list.

Available for borrowing through Perth, Almonte, Smiths Falls or South Elmsley Public Libraries or at the REAL Deal.

Wondering what you can do about your high electricity bill? The Kill a Watt meter is a handy device to monitor the energy consumption of some of your electrical appliances. Call 613-283-9500.

Are you on dialup? Tips from the Ontario Trillium Foundation on how to improve the dialup performance of your computer.


Page last updated: September 12, 2014

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