Web-extra (July 26, 2018): Photo Essay: Yoga in the Park;

Web-extra (July 26, 2018): Photo Essay: Yoga in the Park;

[Ed: This photo essay is a web-extra to the article that was previewed on-line on July 12th, and appeared July 26 in print issue.]

Ottawa’s Yoga in the Park, kicked off its second year on Saturday July 7, in Parkdale Park
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Photo Caption: Devinder Kaur of PranaShanti Yoga Centre leads the first of 8 Yoga sessions in Parkdale Park on July 7th. A group of community businesses join with the City of Ottawa in sponsoring a summer of FREE 1-hour Yoga sessions in the park, Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. from July 7 until August 25. Photo by Larry Hudon.

This series of FREE yoga classes is being offered every Saturday in July and August, come rain or shine, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.
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Photo Caption: The classes are definitely growing in size and popularity, and the outdoor sessions are unique in their atmosphere, which is highlighted by the Parkdale Market being just a few feet away.
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Parkdale Park, Hintonburg – 223 Armstrong St., Ottawa, ON.
The additional photos were provided by the PranaShanti Yoga Centre (located in Hintonburg at 52 Armstrong Street. Accessible online at http://PranaShanti.com , and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.)
Remaining Schedule:

  • July 28: Intermediate Yoga (Philippe Landel),
  • August 4: All Levels Yoga (Stephanie Turple),
  • August 11: Gentle Yoga (Barbara Long),
  • August 18: Beginner Yoga (Gitanjali A-Hutcheon),
  • August 25: Intermediate Yoga (Stéphane Ippersiel),

 

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July 26, 2018: The Perseid Meteor Shower; Nature’s Fireworks (August 12-13).

July 26, 2018: The Perseid Meteor Shower;
Nature’s Fireworks (August 12-13).

By Mark Narwa.

Every year during the summer we are treated to a show of nature’s natural fireworks. On the night of August 12 into the morning of August 13th, feast your eyes upon the sky to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower. This year is a great year to view them because the shower occurs two days after the New Moon, which means they will not be “washed out” by moonlight.

No experience or optical aids are required to view a meteor shower. A dark sky with an unobstructed view is all that is needed for best viewing. A slightly light-polluted sky will still allow you to see the bright ones.

The Perseid meteor shower gets it name from the constellation Perseus which is located in the northeastern sky. All the meteors will appear to come from this one common point in the sky, called the radiant of the shower.

The best views occur at dawn on the 13th when the radiant is highest in the sky. Under a dark sky you can expect to see between 80 to 110 meteors per hour. Usually, the Perseid meteors tend to appear white or bluish white. They will be traveling at speeds of up to 200,000 km/h, producing many bright meteors that leave luminous trails visible for several seconds.

The Perseid meteor shower is associated with the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered by American astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle in July 1862 .

Each year when the Earth crosses Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, tiny particles of dust and rock left behind by the comet enter the Earth’s atmosphere, creating the streaks of light that cause the Perseid meteor shower. When these particles of dust and rock are floating in space they are called meteoroids, but when they burn up in the atmosphere they become meteors. If they should survive the burn up and land on the Earth’s surface they are called meteorites.

The best way to watch the meteor shower is to lie back using a sleeping bag or a reclining lawn chair and watch the open sky. It does not matter which direction you face because the meteors will streak across the entire sky. Dressing appropriately and having an extra blanket is a good idea because it tends to get chilly, especially when you are staying idle and the dew falls. It is also good to have some insect repellent.

July 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

July 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED August 12th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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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 editor@newswest.org 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.)

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 26, 27, 31 – Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather and enjoy theatre that stands the test of time. Bear & Co. brings you an experience close to the touring companies of four hundred years ago. Bring a cool drink or a full picnic, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the deliciously weird world of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the open air.
BEAR & CO. PARKS TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS IN THE NEWSWEST AREA.

  • Thursday July 26 Glabar Park–Carlingwood,
  • Friday July 27 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Tuesday July 31 Fairmont Park–Civic Hospital,
  • Thursday Aug 2 Carlington Park–Carlington,

Rain policy: We play in Scots weather! The show will go on, unless conditions become unsafe.
All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. outdoors. Bring the family, a picnic and something to sit on! Suggested donation: $20 per person Full schedule at http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .
NOTE! Locations can change, so please check website to confirm before heading to a show.

August 4 – Yoga in the Park.
Join PranaShanti at Parkdale Park (223 Armstrong St. ) every Saturday morning in August for Yoga in the Park from 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. These classes are free for all ages and all levels are welcome. Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summer sunshine, rain or shine. See the article in this issue of Newswest.

August 10 – Eat Together Hintonburg BBQ. ++++
Join your neignbours for a Free BBQ and Street Festival on Rosemount. sponsored by the Parkdale Food Centre, SWCHC, The Merry Dairy and other local businesses.

August 11 – Art on the Farm. ++++
You are invited to exhibit at Art on the Farm. Saturday August 11 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. in the Arboretum. Rain Date: Sunday Aug 12th. Friends of the Farm’s premier summer event Art on the Farm showcases local and regional artists. There isn’t a more beautiful and peaceful setting in Ottawa than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum next to Building 72 on the Central Experimental Farm. A wide range of original media is accepted. The event is Free! to the public. If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please visit Art on the Farm for information and registration material or call 613-230-3276 or email info@friendsofthefarm.ca . Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

August 18 – Brewery Market at Hintonburg Park.
Expect your standard local favourites, along with some tasty special-edition beers. Hintonburg Park is a grassy oasis-bring a blanket, or your lawn chairs and kick-back for the afternoon. The features a splash pad and playground, so bring the little ones! This event is free, all-ages and runs rain or shine. Proceeds to benefit the Parkdale Food Centre. For information go to http://brewerymarket.com .

August 18-19 – Westboro Fuse Street Festival.
Fuse brings performers, demos, shopping, food, and lots of fun activities for the whole family to the heart of Westboro. Find more information about this community street festival at http://westborofuse.com .

August 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tours. ++++
at 6:30p.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Golden Hour at the Farm. Experience through your camera lens the light of the “Golden Hour,” under the guidance of an award-winning Ottawa photographer. Bring your camera. Free, public welcome. Register online. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

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 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 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 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 director@rpcc-rhcc.com .

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 .

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/ .

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.

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 westborosupperclub@icloud.com so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed!
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 info@owcs.ca or call 613-728-6016 .

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 volunteer.services@hospicecareottawa.ca .

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 .

Toastmasters.
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 toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop-in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 ).

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
champlainpark.org

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
Chnaottawa.ca

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre
friendsofchurchill.com

Hintonburg Community Association
hintonburg.com

Hampton-Iona Community Group
hamptoniona.wordpress.com

Island Park Community Association
islandpark.wordpress.com

McKellar Park Community Association
mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com

Mechanicsville Community Association
facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA

Wellington Village Community Association
wvca.ca

Westboro Beach Community Association
westborobeach.ca

Westboro Community Association
lovewestboro.wordpress.com


Late Additions:

August 8 – Samba in the Park. CANCELED.
So, how are your Samba chops? It’s coming up soon – Samba in the Park. August 8th – McCormick Park in Hintonburg, after supper at 7:30p.m. til just about the young one’s bedtime (8:30p.m.).

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 ardbraedancers@gmail.com.

July 26, 2018: Yoga in the Park (July to August); Fresh air, sunshine and peaceful exercise.

This is an advance preview of a soon to be published print article.
July 26, 2018: Yoga in the Park (July to August);
Fresh air, sunshine and peaceful exercise.

By Devinder Kaur, Director, PranaShanti Yoga Centre

Ottawa’s Yoga in the Park, kicked off its second year on Saturday July 7, in Parkdale Park just behind the Parkdale Market. The goal of this series is to have the community come out and practice yoga together. Whether you are an absolute beginner interested only in seeing what yoga is all about, or a seasoned yoga practitioner, you are welcome to join us for an hour of peace and tranquility each Saturday morning with your neighbours and perhaps some friends you haven’t met yet.

As a Yoga Teacher and organizer for the line up of teachers for this year’s Yoga in the Park series, I can confidently say, based on the popularity of last year’s successes, that if our first weekend’s turnout is any indication of how the season will unfold, we can expect to have well over 100 participants each Saturday for the remaining 7 weeks.

This series of FREE yoga classes is being offered every Saturday in July and August, come rain or shine, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am. The series is presented by the Parkdale Pops and is also sponsored by a number of community-minded organizations and businesses which include the Hintonburg Community Association, the City of Ottawa, PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Wellington West Business Improvement Area, Hintonburger, Exit Excel Realty, Cyclelogik, Happy Goat Coffee, Merge Printing and the Hintonburg Public House.

Bernard Prevost who attended the first class of our 2018 series, commented, “It was a beautiful practice with a great crowd. Wonderful easy breezy weather teacher attitude with a yoga practice for the Radiant body. What a great way to start the weekend. Then off to the stands for fresh vegetables. Marvelous community and spirit!”

The classes are definitely growing in size and popularity, and the outdoor sessions are unique in their atmosphere, which is highlighted by the Parkdale Market being just a few feet away.

Overall, Yoga in the Park has been a hit with area residents. Yoga in the Park will be conducted every Saturday through August 25, 2018. The classes are open to all levels and are FREE. Everyone is welcome.

For the most satisfying experience possible, participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to get set up. You are encouraged also, to bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket, and to dress in comfortable clothing in which you can move about easily. As with all activity in the outdoors it is wise to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

Parkdale Park, Hintonburg – 223 Armstrong St., Ottawa, ON.

Schedule and Instructors:

    July 7: All Levels Yoga (Devinder Kaur),

  • July 14: Gentle Yoga (María Figueroa),
  • July 21: Beginner Yoga (Barbara Long),
  • July 28: Intermediate Yoga (Philippe Landel),
  • August 4: All Levels Yoga (Stephanie Turple),
  • August 11: Gentle Yoga (Barbara Long),
  • August 18: Beginner Yoga (Gitanjali A-Hutcheon),
  • August 25: Intermediate Yoga (Stéphane Ippersiel),

Devinder Kaur is the founding director of the PranaShanti Yoga Centre located in Hintonburg at 52 Armstrong Street. Accessible online at http://PranaShanti.com , and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Photo Caption: Devinder Kaur of PranaShanti Yoga Centre leads the first of 8 Yoga sessions in Parkdale Park on July 7th. A group of community businesses join with the City of Ottawa in sponsoring a summer of FREE 1-hour Yoga sessions in the park, Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. from July 7 until August 25. Photo by Larry Hudon.



Devinder Kaur, Lead Trainer
Director PranaShanti Yoga Centre
613-761-9642 (YOGA)
www.pranashanti.com .

“Our intention is to provide an oasis in the city. Slip through our doors and feel an ease in the air. A home that heals your body, calms the mind and strengthens the spirit.”
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Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED July 18th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

++++ => extra/notices not in print issue.

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 editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.) We also volunteer in the Hintonburg community (Newswest 1K fun run at Parkdale Park July 15, and an August 12th BBQ is in the planning stage.)

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 12, 13, 19, 26, 27, 31 – Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather and enjoy theatre that stands the test of time. Bear & Co. brings you an experience close to the touring companies of four hundred years ago. Bring a cool drink or a full picnic, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the deliciously weird world of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the open air.
BEAR & CO. PARKS TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS IN THE NEWSWEST AREA.

  • Thursday July 12 Westboro Beach–Westboro,
  • Friday July 13 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Thursday July 19 Clare Gardens Park–Westboro,
  • Thursday July 26 Glabar Park–Carlingwood,
  • Friday July 27 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Tuesday July 31 Fairmont Park–Civic Hospital,
  • Thursday Aug 2 Carlington Park–Carlington,

Rain policy: We play in Scots weather! The show will go on, unless conditions become unsafe.
All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. outdoors. Bring the family, a picnic and something to sit on! Suggested donation: $20 per person Full schedule at http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .
NOTE! Locations can change, so please check website to confirm before heading to a show.

July 14 – Raspberry Pi Teen Programming Workshop.
FIRST Robotics Team 2706 will teach you how to program a robot driven by a Raspberry Pi mini computer at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday July 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 12, 14 & 20 – 3 Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Thursday July 12 at 3:30p.m. Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree Tour at 3:30pm Bldg 72, Arboretum. The Ottawa Valley Section of the CIF’s AGM will be followed by a tree tour. Free, open to the public. Saturday July 14 at 8p.m. “Got Bats?”. Learn about Ottawa’s bat species and tips to encourage their survival. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. Friday July 20 at 8:30p.m. “A Night With the Moths”. Learn about the nightlife of moths and their diversity. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. All tours start at Building 72 in the Arboretum. Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance on each tree tour website page. Donations to the Friends of the Farm are gratefully accepted during the tour. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ for more info.

July 15 – Hintonburg 5k/Newswest 1k Race. ++++
Race Day Volunteers are still needed. The annual Hintonburg 5k/1k Race is taking place on Sunday, July 15th. To register for the race visit http://www.hintonburg5k.ca. Please call Lisa Geoges 613-883-4776 if you have any questions. If you are planning on watching the event (8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) please consider staffing an intersection barricade. Email: hintonburg5k AT gmail DOT com to sign-up to volunteer. Streets affected by the race include; West-East: Gould, Garrison, Spencer, Bullman, Ladouceur, O’Meara and North-South: Western, Hinton Ave. N., Hamilton, Forward, Hinchey, Bayview. Several intersections will be controlled by Police to facilitate traffic. Intersections will re-open as soon as the last participant has gone past (traffic restored at Western end first).

July 22 – Friends of the Farm Victorian Tea. ++++
from 2p.m. to 4p.m. Classic tea is served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Dress in full Victorian garb, (optional), listen to live music, enter the best hat and costume contest. Formal Tea $13 at Bldg 72, CEF Arboretum east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. Call 613-230-3276 or visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

August 11 – Art on the Farm. ++++
You are invited to exhibit at Art on the Farm. Saturday August 11 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. in the Arboretum. Rain Date: Sunday Aug 12th. Friends of the Farm’s premier summer event Art on the Farm showcases local and regional artists. There isn’t a more beautiful and peaceful setting in Ottawa than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum next to Building 72 on the Central Experimental Farm. A wide range of original media is accepted. The event is Free! to the public. If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please visit Art on the Farm for information and registration material or call 613-230-3276 or email info@friendsofthefarm.ca . Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

August 18-19 – Westboro Fuse Street Festival.
Fuse brings performers, demos, shopping, food, and lots of fun activities for the whole family to the heart of Westboro. Find more information about this community street festival at http://westborofuse.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/ .

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.

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 westborosupperclub@icloud.com so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed!
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 info@owcs.ca or call 613-728-6016 .

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.

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 .

Toastmasters.
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 toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop-in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 ).

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
champlainpark.org

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
Chnaottawa.ca

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre
friendsofchurchill.com

Hintonburg Community Association
hintonburg.com

Hampton-Iona Community Group
hamptoniona.wordpress.com

Island Park Community Association
islandpark.wordpress.com

McKellar Park Community Association
mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com

Mechanicsville Community Association
facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA

Wellington Village Community Association
wvca.ca

Westboro Beach Community Association
westborobeach.ca

Westboro Community Association
lovewestboro.wordpress.com


Late Additions:

July 19 – Vernissage ++++
at the cube Gallery. Thursday, July 19, 6 to 9 p.m. 1285 Wellington St. W. 613-728-1750 . Three friends (MaryAnn Camps, Ruth Dick and Don Monet) explore the edges of photography. “The Riparians” show continues from July 17 – August 5, 2018, visit http://Cubegallery.ca for more details.

August 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tours. ++++
at 6:30p.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Golden Hour at the Farm. Experience through your camera lens the light of the “Golden Hour,” under the guidance of an award-winning Ottawa photographer. Bring your camera. Free, public welcome. Register online. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

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 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 director@rpcc-rhcc.com .

June 28, 2018: Science in the Night; Catch A View Of The Planets Through A Telescope.

June 28, 2018: Science in the Night;
Catch A View Of The Planets Through A Telescope.

By Mark Narwa.

[Ed: this is the Unabridged Web-extra Version of the article.]

On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, Westboro’s Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington Street West will be hosting its 10th annual Nocturnal Sidewalk Telescope Festival. The Ottawa branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa will be setting up various types of telescopes on both nights between 9:30pm and 11:30pm in front of the Cube Gallery, weather permitting.

This will be a great opportunity to view the Moon through a telescope. It will be in last quarter phase (7 days before new moon) which means it will be three-quarters lit. The terminator, which is the line that separates the lit part from the dark part, will make it excellent for seeing a lot of detail on the Moon’s surface.

Venus will be very bright in the west sky after sunset on these two nights. Like the Earth’s moon, Venus has phases. On these two nights Venus will be in the gibbous phase – the phase between half and full moon. As a result, Venus will be about 70% lit.

Jupiter will also be visible as a brilliant object in the south sky after sunset. Through the telescope you will be able to see several of the bands that are called belts that cross Jupiter’s face. Seeing Jupiter’s large red spot may also be possible. Jupiter’s four brightest moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto which are known as the Galilean satellites after discoverer Galileo will also be visible through the telescope. Each night these moons change position around the planet as does the position of the red spot.

Saturn will be visible in the southeastern sky. Seeing the rings around the planet especially for the first time is magnificent. Saturn’s brightest moon Titan, will also be visible along with three other of its moons, Tethys, Dione and Rhea.

And last but not least, Mars will be visible in the southeast sky at about 10:30pm. Through a telescope, the planet will appear red and depending on sky conditions some features might be visible.

June 28, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

June 28, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED June 28th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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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 editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

July 5 – Strawberry Social.
Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) invites you to our annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, July 5. Between 5 and 7 p.m., we will be serving a ham and salad supper and one of the best treats the season has to offer: strawberry shortcake. $15 per person, children 10 and under free, family max $40. Tickets are available through the church office at 613-722-9250 .

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 8th – Maker Day,
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 9 – Summer Teen Cooking 101.
Jacklyn Villeneuve, Registered Dietitian from Loblaws, will be teaching teens how to make a quick and easy one-pot meal at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Monday July 9 at 5 p.m.until 6.p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 10 – Songwriting Basics: Workshop for Teens.
Workshop presenter Amanda Balsys has played and taught the violin for over twenty-five years. She has also worked as a touring and studio musician as a violinist, guitarist and vocalist throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. This workshop will introduce Teens to some basic songwriting techniques including lyrics and 3-chord composition using a standard acoustic guitar or ukulele. No experience necessary and ukuleles will be provided at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday July 10 from 5 p.m until 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 14 – Raspberry Pi Teen Programming Workshop.
FIRST Robotics Team 2706 will teach you how to program a robot driven by a Raspberry Pi mini computer at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday July 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 12, 14 & 20 – 3 Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Thursday July 12 at 3:30p.m. Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree Tour at 3:30pm Bldg 72, Arboretum. The Ottawa Valley Section of the CIF’s AGM will be followed by a tree tour. Free, open to the public. Saturday July 14 at 8p.m. “Got Bats?”. Learn about Ottawa’s bat species and tips to encourage their survival. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. Friday July 20 at 8:30p.m. “A Night With the Moths”. Learn about the nightlife of moths and their diversity. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. All tours start at Building 72 in the Arboretum. Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance on each tree tour website page. Donations to the Friends of the Farm are gratefully accepted during the tour. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ for more info.

July 15 – Hintonburg 5k/Newswest 1k Race. ++++
The annual Hintonburg 5k/1k Race is taking place on Sunday, July 15th. You can register for the race here. Race day Volunteers are still needed.

July 22 – Friends of the Farm Victorian Tea. ++++
from 2p.m. to 4p.m. Classic tea is served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Dress in full Victorian garb, (optional), listen to live music, enter the best hat and costume contest. Formal Tea $13 at Bldg 72, CEF Arboretum east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. Call 613-230-3276 or visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

August 11 – Art on the Farm. ++++
You are invited to exhibit at Art on the Farm. Saturday August 11 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. in the Arboretum. Rain Date: Sunday Aug 12th. Friends of the Farm’s premier summer event Art on the Farm showcases local and regional artists. There isn’t a more beautiful and peaceful setting in Ottawa than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum next to Building 72 on the Central Experimental Farm. A wide range of original media is accepted. The event is Free! to the public. If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please visit Art on the Farm for information and registration material or call 613-230-3276 or email info@friendsofthefarm.ca . Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

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/ .

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.

Volunteers Needed!
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 info@owcs.ca or call 613-728-6016 .

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.

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 Pooll.
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 .

Toastmasters.
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 toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop-in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 ).

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
champlainpark.org

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
Chnaottawa.ca

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre
friendsofchurchill.com

Hintonburg Community Association
hintonburg.com

Hampton-Iona Community Group
hamptoniona.wordpress.com

Island Park Community Association
islandpark.wordpress.com

McKellar Park Community Association
mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com

Mechanicsville Community Association
facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA

Wellington Village Community Association
wvca.ca

Westboro Beach Community Association
westborobeach.ca

Westboro Community Association
lovewestboro.wordpress.com


Late Additions: