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Piano Through Window and Burglar Alarm Goes Off

April 1967:  The Alpha Centre opened at 389 Talbot Street, the former site of a legion hall. 

According to an August 28th, 1967 London Free Press article, the centre contained an "ABC" Shop where works by unknown artists, second-hand books and records and authentic Indian crafts were for sale. 

The largest room in the centre was reserved for an informal cabaret theatre and was equipped with a lunch counter and coffee bar for light snacks. 

There was also a lounge for meetings and discussions  furnished with a studio couch, rugs and bookcases.  Future plans included a co-operative art studio and film workshop. 

To learn more about the Centre and the stories behind the title of this blog, come on Monday June 9th and listen to James Reaney, the first speaker in the library's new series of local talks entitled Terrific Tales of London and the Area


What: Terrific Tales of London & Area, a series of five talks by London historians.

When: Mondays, 7 p.m.

Where: Central Library’s Stevenson & Hunt room.

Details: Free. Visit or call 519-661-4600.