August 30, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.
DRAFT UPDATED September 2nd. See bottom for late additions.
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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email email@example.com or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre. There will be no August Meeting). We also volunteer in the Hintonburg community (Most recently at the Newswest 1K fun run at Parkdale Park on July 15, and at the Local MP’s August 12th Community BBQ.) A special board meeting is set for Thursday September 6th at 7:30 p.m.
September 1 – Techno Buddies.
Teen volunteers share their knowledge of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. For adults 50+ at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Wednesdays, August 1 to August 15 at 3 p.m. Registration is required. For information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .
September 1 – Art Lending of Ottawa Exhibition. ++++
Art Lending of Ottawa, a not for profit organization since 1970, presents its autumn exhibition on Saturday, September 1 , 2018. Lease, lease to purchase and purchase original fine visual art at reasonable prices. Local artists. Large selection. RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive (Outaouajs Room East entrance) 10:00 am – 4:00pm. Free admission. Free parking. A focus artist (Lynne Morin) and a painting demonstration (Ann Gruchy) are added features. Visit us at http://www.artlendingofottawa.ca .
September 6 – Meet the Artist. ++++
At the cube gallery. On Thursday, Sept. 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. Cube Gallery welcomes the return of internationally acclaimed print maker, painter and teacher of art, Russell Yuristy for the most comprehensive show of his work to date. This Saskatchewan-born artist is renowned for his representational art based on his keen observations of nature. At 82 years old, Yuristy is considered a doyen of the contemporary art scene. He continues to enthrall with his love for and sensitive depiction of nature, fish, animals and birds. Visit http://cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2018_09_04_verdant or https://www.facebook.com/events/218599898836649/ for more info.
September 8 – Westboro Beach closing bonfire.
Say goodbye to a great summer at Westboro Beach. Info to come! Follow the Westboro Beach Community Association Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/Westboro.Beach.Community/ ) for updates.
September 8 – Research Open House and Bug Day, ++++
at the Central Experimental Farm 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Friends of the Farm Volunteers assist researchers in greeting the public at the Research Greenhouses. Two free educational events for all ages. Demonstrations, collections, live interactive insect zoo and more. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/event/ordc-open-house-bug-day/ for more info.
September 10 – Folk Song Circle.
Beginning September 10 and meeting once a month, Folk Song Circle is an opportunity to get together and sing your favourite soft pop songs from the 50’s-80’s, Celtic, and other folk music at the at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Bring a copy of “Rise Up Singing” if you have one. Song leaders from Churchill Seniors’ Center Song Circle will lead this program. Mondays from September 10 to June 10, 2019. Drop-in from 2-4 p.m. For information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .
September 10 – Ardbrae Scottish Country Dance.
For FUN, FITNESS and FRIENDSHIP try country dancing, Scottish style. The Ardbrae Scottish Country Dancers of Ottawa Introductory Welcome Class takes place Monday September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Churchill Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), and classes continue every Monday through May 2019. Come and see what Scottish Country Dance is all about! The best time to start is in September but new dancers are welcome to join at any time. You don’t need to be Scottish to recognize Scottish Country Dancing is good value for your money, good for your health, and great for making new friends! First three classes are free! Scottish Country Dancing is a lively social form of dance done in groups of eight. People of all ages and nationalities enjoy Scottish Country Dancing worldwide. The music is lively and adds to the exhilaration of the dance. You don’t have to be a Scot; you don’t have to bring a partner and you don’t have to wear a kilt! Just wear comfortable clothing and bring soft-soled shoes. Come to a class, or drop by one of our socials to watch the fun! For more information go to http://ardbrae.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
September 11 – Meri Squares.
Summer is drawing to a close, and it is time for the Meri-Squares Modern Square Dance Club to square up once again. If you are interested in square dancing, please join us as we host two free open houses – September 11 and 18, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. After that, our beginners learning classes meet regularly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome to join us for some fun, fitness and friendship. No dancing experience is required, and we would love to have you drop by! You will find us in the lower hall, at Westminster Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave. Please call Pat, at 613-218-4389, if you wish to chat or have any questions. You can also contact email@example.com .
September 15 – Taste of Wellington.
TASTE of Wellington West is back! Kitchissippi’s favourite local food festival is September 15. And this year it’s bigger, greener, and more community minded than ever – with all proceeds to Parkdale Food Centre. Try TASTE Plate samples from restaurants and food shops across Hintonburg and Wellington Village starting at 1 p.m. There’s also an all day sidewalk sale, performers, G.T. Express KID Zone, a family movie night at Parkdale Park with Pixar’s Ratatouille, a fall “Prix Fixe” menu promotion and more! See http://wellingtonwest.ca/taste for details.
September 15 – Family Movie Night.
The third movie in this year’s Wellington West Pop-Up Cinema Series is coming to Parkdale Park on September 15 as part of TASTE of Wellington. Presented by the Wellington West BIA in partnership with Mizrahi Developments and Capital Pop-Up Cinema, the food-themed, family-favourite Ratatouille (G) is sure to offer an entertaining evening under the stars. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
September 20 – Welcome Back Broadview.
Broadview Avenue P.S. is collaborating with local businesses to host a community event extravaganza! On Thursday, September 20 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. at Broadview Avenue Public School (535 Dovercourt Ave.), Westboro families will enjoy food trucks by Toro, Falafel On Wheels, Merry Diary, as well as pizza by Pizza House and drinks provided by Shoppers Drugmart in Westboro. $10 Wristbands for children will provide unlimited access to bouncy castles by Full of Beans, Face Painting and Dovercat by Dovercourt, a MDRN Photobooth, Archery Games, Bubbles by Holly, Games to Go, Music by HOT 89.9, as well as a hands-on art activity by the Ottawa Art Gallery. This fantastic event has been made possible by our incredible sponsors: Ottawa West Orthodontics, Westboro Animal Hospital, Volvo Ottawa, Susan Chell Realty, TAL-CO, and Cole & Associates Architects. This exciting family event will celebrate the start of another great school year. All funds raised will provide educational experiences for children in our community.
September 22 – River Parkway Children’s Centre’s 50th Anniversary.
Since 1968, RPCC has been a warm, nurturing environment where children develop creativity, independence, co-operation and discover the joy of learning. That calls for a celebration! We are inviting the community to join us for music, face-painting, centre tours, sandwiches, cake and more on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are nestled on the campus of First Unitarian Congregation 40 Cleary Ave. Feel free to visit our website at http://riverparkwaychildrenscentre.ca . Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
September 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tour. ++++
At 10a.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Citizen Science: How to Document Trees. Tour leader Owen Clarkin will focus on how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases, emphasizing techniques in photography. Free, public welcome. Register online http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ or 613-230-3276 .
September 24 – Ottawa Tool Library Event. ++++
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!). See below for more on the Ottawa Tool Library
September 27 – Carlingwood Film Club.
Carlingwood Film Club begins September 27! Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-club-style chat about film and cinematography! Last Thursday of the month (September to November, then March to May) at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .
September 29 – Francis of Assisi Blessing. ++++
To show our concern for all creatures, and in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, you are invited to bring any animal(s) in your care to the front lawn of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church ( 1153 Wellington St West at Parkdale ) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th to receive a special blessing.
September 29 – Book launch.
Join local Illustrator, Alice Carter, to celebrate her picture book, Angus All Aglow, a gentle story of acceptance and friendship (written by Heather Smith, Orca Book Publishers). Come meet the illustrator, enjoy a kid’s craft, book reading and signing.This is a free event. Books available for purchase. Saturday, September 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave.) For more info see http://alicecarter.com .
October 16 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “Bulbs for Year Round Enjoyment” with Mary Reid. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .
October 20 – Friends of the Farm Used Book Drop Off. ++++
From 10a.m. to 3p.m. Save your books and re-gift them for a great cause. Please note we do not accept magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedia. Drive up to Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ .
November 6 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “History of English Country House Gardens” with Heather Clemenson. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .
Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca for more info.
Tentative Ottawa Family Cinema schedule for September:
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Sherlock Gnomes (3D)
Friday, September 21st, 2018 – Black Panther (3D)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – Incredibles 2 (3D)
Friday, September 28th, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (3D)
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
See Ottawa Family Cinema website for updates, changes and other dates.
Ottawa Newcomers Club. ++++
Our club is a non-profit, social organization for women who have recently moved to this area; (and those who have experienced a significant life change), and would like to meet new people of similar interests by joining our many group activities. More information about us and what we do can be found on our website at: http://ottawanewcomersclub.ca or by contacting email@example.com .
Making Music Meaningful in Nepean. ++++
A lively program that introduces babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the joy of making music. Music classes are offered in Nepean (Argue Drive), call 613-402-6082, or visit http://www.makingmusicmeaningful.com or see https://www.facebook.com/MakingMusicMeaningful .
Westboro Supper Club is looking for members.
Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!
OWCS has openings for volunteers to help on our Shopping Buses. Shopping Bus volunteers work with the OWCS Driver to assist client in the store and to carry groceries into their homes. For more information please email email@example.com or call 613-728-6016 .
Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis starting in the Fall. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .
Westboro Legion’s Saturday and Sunday Pool.
Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .
Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see http://abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Churchill Seniors Centre.
Coming this fall! Drop-in programs at Churchill Senior Recreation Center:
Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Join our knitting, crochet or quilting circles on Fridays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Social Painting Club is Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., open room with lots of light and like-minded artists. Weight & Cardio Agility on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613-798-8872 or email Anita.Findlay@ottawa.ca .
at the Churchill Seniors Centre. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and/or Friday at 9:15 a.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $2.00 .
The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
A Call for Volunteers to help with this service is currently in effect (see Notice above).
For Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping. For only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9a.m., picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets. For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 ( and read their article in Newswest On-line ).
Spirit of Rasputin’s Open Stage. ++++
Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company [Ed: BTW the Vimy Brewing Company happen to help support Newswest, so our thanks to them too.].
Also: Spirit of Rasputin’s members Jay Kassirer and Rita Finnigan are happy to announce a series of Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) musical events at the Britannia Coffeehouse (with its adjacent ice cream shop The Beachconers) at 273 Britannia Rd. They’ll take place at 1:00 pm and there’s no cover charge. http://www.cullbridge.com/music.html .
Musicians and singers: An opportunity to help. ++++
Hospice Care Ottawa offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services with no charge to clients or their families. Their Day Hospice service provides a day out in a warm and friendly environment at three sites in the city. Volunteer musicians or singers who could entertain hospice clients would be very welcome. If this interests you, or if you know someone who might be interested, you can contact email@example.com .
Ottawa Tool Library – Shop Night. ++++
Every first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. come book our benches to grind away at your projects with tools from our library. Book on line at http://www.ottawatoollibrary.com and then come to your bench for the might in Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216 (upper level). Just $5 for members and free for members 55 or older, with lots of parking.
Ottawa Tool Library – Community and Demo night. ++++
Connect and chat with other makers around Ottawa at our tool library. Learn and observe with live demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. on topics such as Bikes, Gardening, Carpentry, Painting, Canning, Wiring etc. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit providing endless opportunities to create, garden and cook. Located in Makerspace north, 250 City Centre Avenue in Bay 216 (upper level), we are open Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Twitter and Facebook, @yowtoollibrary.
Bytown Swing. ++++
Come dance Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing with us on Saturday nights in Ottawa. Grab a pair of indoor shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Non-profit, holds a dance every Saturday at Studio X, 122-250 City Center Avenue ( 3 minute walk from the Bayview Transitway stop ). Parking available. Beginner lessons start at 8:15 p.m., DJ’d social dancing starts at 9:00 p.m. Cost is just $7 cash at the door and $5 for students and seniors.
Starting in 2017 there will be no more bi-weekly dances: we’re moving to one-off Lindy Hop events like bar nights, pop-up dances, and special live band events. The Westie Underground will be hosting bi-weekly WCS dances under a new name. Stay tuned for future announcements on dates and details! See http://bytownswing.com or https://www.facebook.com/bytownswing/ .
Friends of the Farm’s new book ‘Blooms’ ++++
Is about the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm A wonderful gift for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian history. Friends of the Farm has several books now available for purchase highlighting Ottawa’s Farm, Ornamental Gardens, and Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. By local authors, they are for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian horticultural history. Available at http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ and local bookstores.
Friends of the Farm’s “Join Us”. ++++
Join the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.
The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.
Become a member today and support the Friends’ mission to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Membership benefits include free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/
Your Community Associations.
For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites.
Champlain Park Community Association
Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre
Hintonburg Community Association
Hampton-Iona Community Group
Island Park Community Association
McKellar Park Community Association
Mechanicsville Community Association
Wellington Village Community Association
Westboro Beach Community Association
Westboro Community Association
September 8 – Ottawa Porchfest. ++++
Ottawa Porchfest, a terrific community-based arts festival, is expanding this year, out from Hintonburg into Wellington Village and Preston Street. It will be held this year on September 8, with street performances from 1-5 p.m. and closing party/concert at Parkdale Park from 6-9 p.m. http://hintonburg.com/ottawa-porchfest-2018/
or http://ottawaporchfest.ca/ .
September 8 – Fall Fair at Unitarian House.
Join us Saturday September 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for our Annual Fall Fair! HUGE Yard Sale of clothing, jewellery, kitchenware, books, puzzles, knitting, Japanese crafts, attic treasures, collectibles and more! Entertainment by the Fumblin’ Fingers, BBQ, Bake Sale and Silent Auction! Unitarian House (20 Cleary Ave. just off of Richmond Rd.)
September 13 – Protecting your computer.
The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don’t let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your computer from being hacked. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday September 13 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .
September 15 – Historical Walk, Talk and BBQ.
The Hampton Iona Community Group is hosting a free, all-ages community event at the south end of Hampton Park, near the pool. Join a walk through the forest and learn about the fauna, wildlife and history of Hampton Park followed by a BBQ with your neighbours. For more info see us on Facebook or go to https://hamptoniona.wordpress.com . Walk leaves at 11:15 a.m. sharp.
September 24 – Lynda.com workshop.
Learn how to use Lynda.com, one of Ottawa Public Library’s resources. With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, Lynda.com is the place to go for learning computer programming, multimedia software, 3D animation, photography, project management, and much more. Lynda.com is free through the Ottawa Public Library website. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday September 24 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca
September 28 – Kitchissippi United Fall Rummage.
The Kitchissippi United Church Fall Rummage Sale is taking place Friday September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday September 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at 630 Island Park Dr. Clothes, books, toys, collectibles, kitchenware, small appliances, linens, boutique specials and more! For info 613-722-7254 or https://www.kitchissippiuc.com .
September 28 – Friday Night of Worship and Ministry.
Join us at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Father Yves Marchildon of the Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Restore My Church.” The Worship Team will be Warren Scherr. A reception will follow in the lower hall.
September 28 – Arts Night.
The Kitchissippi community is invited to Arts Night at First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s artists include Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Literary Artist; Gilda Pontbriand, Painter/Photographer; Richard Hanna, Harpist, Singer, Actor. Admission is $5. For more information please call 613-725-1066 .
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