Alumni Meet-ups

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 18:30 to Friday, November 10, 2023 - 18:30

The UWindsor Alumni Association has partnered with River Bookshop in Amherstburg to offer a series of monthly chats on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. These events will be held in the Hole in the Wall, the community space in the River Bookshop, 67 Richmond Street in Amherstburg.

Pelee Island - Far Away. Right here!

Date: April 19, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Cathy Miller, Mayor of Pelee Island

Register here to attend in person or online

Suggested read: Pelee Island Stories or The Pelee Project

Heritage Preservation in your Community

Date: May 24 at 6:30 pm
Guests: Meg Reiner, Dorian Moore, Adam Coates, Richard Peddie
Moderator: Michael Prue, the Mayor of Amherstburg

Featured panelists are Meg Reiner, author of Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg, Dorian Moore, Sessional Instructor, Visual Arts and the Built Environment, University of Windsor and Adam Coates, Planning Services for the Town of Amherstburg and Richard Peddie, owner River Bookshop and local community builder. The panel will be moderated by Amherstburg Mayor, Michael Prue.

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Attracting the winged and wild to your backyard. A crash course in backyard ecology! 

Date: June 21 at 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Phil Roberts aka "The bird guy" 


The premise of this presentation comes from a short article in National Geographic (1999) entitled "How your backyard can save Butterflies", in which Dan Ashe, Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, concerned about the dramatic decline of Monarch Butterflies in the late 1990's simply stated that every backyard, schoolyard, median and boulevard could be a meaningful conservation effort for the species recovery. Monarch Butterfly populations today are considered to be improving based on enthusiasts planting milkweed.

The same today is true in our region encouraging backyard conservation efforts for pollinating insects, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths nesting birds and bats. The talk with also, touch on backyard bird feeding as well. 

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Cooking with Jennifer Emilson

Date: March 23, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Emilson

Recipe developer, cook, baker, Jennnifer Emilson will be the guest speaker at our March Meet-up!  Creator of the popular and Taste Canada award–winning blog, The Lemon Apron, Jennifer returns to her hometown community of Amherstburg. She will talk about her personal history with Amherstburg, share her motivation, learning, and the inspiration behind The Lemon Apron Cookbook, and present a cooking demonstration for our live audience.

The cost to attend this event is $36 + tax + fees. This ticket includes attendance at the exclusive event and a copy of The Lemon Apron Cookbook.
Seating is limited. Book your ticket to attend in person

Guests unable to attend in person, can tune in via ZOOM (see link below). Contact to request the ZOOM link. Books can also be ordered online for $36 + tax + shipping cost at

JOIN LIVE VIA ZOOM (Link active on March 23 at 6:30 p.m.)

Please Note:  
The River Bookshop is a heritage building that was built in 1887. The main floor was restored to be completely accessible. The second floor, the Hole in the Wall event space (where our audio-visual technology is located), is not accessible. To make events accessible, guests can attend these events online via Zoom.

Katherine Simon