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(A) Searching the Calendar

The Quick Search form at the top of our calendar allows you to search for events by month, title, keyword, city/town, or region.

Searching Basics

Three simple steps:

(1) Go to the calendar homepage.

(2) Type in a word, partial word or short phrase into one of the search boxes (e.g. Start Month; Event Name/Title; Keyword or Phrase; City/Town; or Region. Keep it short! It's best to keep it to one word or better yet, part of a word. The less you type in, the more results you will get.

(3) Click the Search button.

All listings that matched your search will be shown. Click on any ones that interest you to see more details. Then click on your browser's Back button to return to the main page of search results.

To redisplay all the listings, click your browser's Back button to return to the calendar homepage. If you've done several searches, click Back several times to return to the original, complete listing of events. Alternatively, you can click the "reset" button in the Quick Search form... and wait a moment while the calendar reloads over the internet. In either case, all the listings will be redisplayed (in order by date).

To do another search, remember to delete the text you typed in your previous search and set the region back to "All Regions". Just click within the box(es) where you typed something and use your backspace or delete key. Alternatively, you can click on the "reset" button in the search form to clear all the search boxes – but this will be slower because the calendar will reload all the events from our website. Once the search box is cleared you can proceed with your next search.



How to Get More Complete Results:
Tips for Successful Searches

The computer can't read your mind. It only returns listings that match exactly what you specify. But the listings might use different wordings, or spell things differently than you'd expect. Below are some tips on how to do successful searches – how to find most (if not all) the listings that match your interest or location. Each section below deals with one of the search boxes in turn.

Note that the search examples below are enclosed in quotes. Do not type the quotes into the search boxes – just the text itself.

Summary: 4 Tips For More Inclusive Searches

(1) Keep it short! Search for just one word or partial word at a time.
(2) Use only one search box at a time.
(3) Try different names, spellings or wordings (each as a separate search).
(4) Try also searching the keyword/phrase box (as a separate search).

Keyword/Phrase or Event Name/Title

These three tips apply to both the Keyword and Event Name boxes:

Search for partial words (or word roots). e.g. if you search for "garden" you will also find "gardens", "gardener", "gardening", etc. Searching for "walk" will also find "walks", "walkers" and "walking". Searching for "hous" (leave off the "e") will find "house", "houses" and "housing". It will also find "eco-house" and "ecohouse". (It will not, however find "eco-home" nor "home & garden". To find those, you must do a separate search for "home").

Try different spellings: e.g. "center" and "centre" (but only try one at a time; if you type them both in at once, you will probably find nothing). Another example: "strawbale" is a new, sustainable kind of construction. Some people spell it "strawbale", others "straw bale", yet others "straw-bale". To find all of these, it's best simply to search for "straw".

Try related words (including synonyms and antonyms). For example, if you are looking for "peace" events, also search for "war", "military", "violence", etc. Do each of these as a separate search (if you try to do more than one at the same time, you will probably get no results).

Event Name/Title

Search for a partial title. Rather than searching for "9th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice", try search just for "Peace and Justice", "Peace & Justice" or simply "Justice".

The title displayed is not always the same as the official name of the event. Sometimes the order of words are changed, or words are left out or added for brevity and clarification. Search for a keyword or phrase within the title box.

If you can't find it by searching the title, try searching within the keyword or phrase box instead. The full, official title of the event is often included in the body of the listing.

City or Town

Search for alternate names for the city or town. For example, if you are looking for an event in Kitchener-Waterloo, do two separate searches: one for "Kitchener", then another for "Waterloo". If you are looking for an event in a suburb, satellite or amalgamated community such as Etobicoke, try also searching for it's parent community, i.e. Toronto.

If you're looking for a village or other small or rural location, try also a regional search or searching for the nearest larger town or city.

If an event is occurring in many locations, they often will not all be listed in the city column. (The city column will show something like: "Ontario", "Canada", "worldwide", "Toronto-area", "Eastern Ontario", etc). There are several ways to find such events: (1) Search by region – region results include Ontario-wide, Canada-wide and worldwide listings. (2) Use the keyword/phrase box to search for the name of the city or town. This is because the body of the listing often includes a list of the locations the event is being held. (3) Skim down the City/Town column for events that are listed as "Ontario", "Canada", "worldwide", etc.

Region

Unless you specify otherwise, all regions will be included in the search. ("All Regions" means everywhere in the world).

If you click on the region box, different search options will appear. You can search for any one of several regions of the province of Ontario, Canada. Or you can search for "outside Ontario", which will display listings in all other provinces and countries. You can also search for "all locations except Toronto", which will display all listings anywhere in the world except the city of Toronto, Canada. (This option was provided to enable people to list all events occurring in smaller municipalities and locations around Ontario and Canada, rather than being mixed in with the many Toronto listings).
 

Region Description
All Regions All listings anywhere in the world.
Toronto & Area Includes Toronto, Mississauga, Peel, Brampton, Caledon, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Durham Region.
Horseshoe The "Golden Horseshoe". Includes Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Fort Erie, Welland, Simcoe, Long Point.
Southwest Ontario Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and westward. Includes London, Woodstock, Stratford, St. Thomas, Chatham, Sarnia, Windsor, Listowel, Elmira.
Central Ontario A large region from Grand Bend right across to Killarney, Algonquin and Peterboro. Includes the Bruce Peninsula, Owen Sound, Orangeville, Barrie, Orillia, Lake Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Lindsay, Port Hope & Cobourg.
Eastern Ontario Trenton, Belleville, Bancroft, Pembroke & eastwards. Includes Ottawa, Kingston, Bancroft, Perth, Cornwall, and Prince Edward County.
Northeast Ontario North Bay, Sudbury & northwards, including Algoma & Cochrane counties. Includes Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Timmins, Temagami, Mattawa.
Northwest Ontario North & west of Lake Superior; east to White River & Polar Bear. Includes Thunder Bay and Kenora.
Other Provinces & Countries Anywhere in the world except Ontario, Canada.

Note: If these regions are too broad, try searching for a particular town or county within the City/Town or Keyword/Phrase box. In the future, we will also be adding a "County" box.

Start Month

Searching for a "start month" will display a list of all events beginning on the month you specify or later. For example, if you search for "september", it will display all September listings, followed by October, November and December.

You can type in either the full name of the month ("september") or just the first three characters.

At the time of writing this document, the "Start Month" search will not let you specify a start month in the following year.


Do Another Search

After each search, remember to delete the text you typed in your previous search. Just click within the box and use your backspace or delete key. If you specified a Region, change it back to "All Regions". Alternatively, the "reset" button on the search form can be used to clear all the search boxes – but this will be slower because the calendar will reload all the events from our website.

Narrow Your Search (using more than one box at a time)

For those who are not familiar with searching, we suggest that you stick to using only one search box at a time. To do another search, remember to "reset" or manually delete the previous text you typed in.

If you wish, you can use more than one search box at a time to give you fewer, more specific results. For example, if you searched for "food" in the title box at the same time as "Toronto" in the city box, you would find only Toronto listings that have the word "food" in the title.

Show ALL Listings

To show all the listings, use your browser's Back button to return to the calendar homepage. If you've done several searches, click Back several times to return to the original, complete listing of events. Alternatively, you can click the "reset" button in the Quick Search form... and wait a moment while the calendar reloads over the internet. In either case, all the listings will be redisplayed (in order by date).

Create a Link to Search Results (advanced)

If you have a website, you can link to the results of a search. Here is the syntax: www.planetfriendly.net/calendar/?s=y&qsmonth=feb&qstitle=organic
&qskeyword=organic&qscity=toronto&qsregion=toronto&qsrecent=3
Multiple values are allowed for title, keyword, city and/or region (separated by commas). E.g. www.planetfriendly.net/calendar/?s=y&qskeyword=tree,forest
Note: searching is character, not word-based: e.g. tree will also find trees, treed, etc.



(B) Searching planetfriendly.net


There are many other places on our site where you can find great events, resources and opportunities. Good places to start include our Home Page, the People- & Planet-Friendly Directory and the About page.

You can also try a Google Search of our site. Go to the bottom of our home page the search our site section. Type in the keywords or phrase you're looking for. Be sure to select "search www.planetfriendly.net" – then click on "Google Search". Note that recently added or frequently changing portions of our site, such as our Calendar, latest Newsletter and GoodWork listings, probably will not appear in search results. You must go to them directly. The Calendar includes its own, built in search feature, as described above.


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