April 12, 2018: Rumour has it…

apr-12-2018_pg21 …that an April opening is predicted for a new Dunn’s Smoked Beef Restaurant on Richmond Rd in Westboro.
…that the Westboro Village AGM will be held on Tuesday May 15 this year.

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April 12, 2018: Photo Inset: Hintonburg & Wellington Village; Spring Cleanup on April 28.

April 12, 2018: Photo Inset: Hintonburg & Wellington Village;
Spring Cleanup on April 28.

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Photo Caption: Event Poster.

Text in image:

Saturday April 28, 2018.
Registration between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
(Rain Date – Saturday May 5).

Hintonburg Community Centre
1064 Wellington Street West.

Lunch for volunteers hosted by
The Hintonburger at noon.

Yard waste and Garbage bags
will be provided.

Bring your gardening gloves, a rake
or broom to clean up the ‘Burg.

Prizes for all children donated by Giant Tiger.

Coffee will be provided by Cyclelogik
Don’t forget your coffee mug!

April 12, 2018: Look Out Sun Here We Come!; A close-up look at Earth’s brightest star.

April 12, 2018: Look Out Sun Here We Come!;
A close-up look at Earth’s brightest star.

By Mark Narwa.

Many of us do not realize it, but the Sun is actually a star. In fact, it is our nearest star, a glowing ball of gas that emits the heat and light which make it possible for us to survive here on Earth.

The Sun is 99.86% of the total mass of the solar system. Its mass is 73% hydrogen, 25% helium, and a combination of 2% carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, neon, magnesium, silicon, sulfur and iron.

The radius of the Sun is 695,700 km, which is 109 times larger than the Earth. Its mass is 1.99 x 10^30 kilograms (kg), which is 333,000 times the mass of the Earth. Its diameter is 1.39 million kilometres (km), And its distance from Earth is 149,600,000 km.

The Sun’s atmosphere consists of three layers. The photosphere, the chromosphere and the corona. The photosphere is the surface layer of the Sun’s atmosphere.

This layer is the visible surface of the Sun. It contains turbulent cells of gas called granules that transfer heat from the interior. This is where sunspots are visible and solar flares begin. This is also where the Sun’s energy is released as light. It takes that light about 8 minutes to travel the distance from the Sun to the Earth. Therefore, when we view the Sun, we are actually seeing it as it was 8 minutes ago.

The next layer above the photosphere is the chromosphere which emits a reddish glow, as extremely heated hydrogen is burned off. This red glow is visible only during a total solar eclipse.

Above the chromosphere is the third layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. It appears as white streamers or plumes of ionized gas that flow toward outer space. This layer too, can be seen only during a total solar eclipse.

This summer, NASA will be launching the “Parker Solar Probe” on a historic mission to study the Sun. The spacecraft itself is about the size of a small car. The Parker Solar Probe will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere, coming as close as 6.2 million km to the Sun’s surface. This will be the first spacecraft to get that close to the Sun’s surface, giving us the closest view of a star ever recorded.

While performing this mission, the Parker Solar Probe will encounter conditions of brutal heat and radiation. To protect the probe and instruments from the heat, the spacecraft will be shielded by a 4.5 inch carbon composite shield that can withstand outside temperatures of 1377 Celsius.

In order for the Parker Solar Probe to reach the Sun, it will use the gravitational pull of the planet Venus to assist it. The probe will make seven flybys of the planet Venus, over a seven year period to gradually bring it closer to the Sun’s orbit.

When the Parker Solar Probe reaches the Sun, it will fly into the part of the Sun’s outermost atmosphere, called the corona. While there, it will conduct scientific measurements and imaging to give us a better understanding of how the corona is heated, and study the origin and evolution of solar wind. This will give us a better understanding of space weather and how it can affect our planet earth.

Those interested can register at the NASA web site to have their names included on a micro-chip that will travel on the Parker Solar Probe. http://go.NASA.gov/HotTicket .

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Photo Caption: Visit NASA at http://go.NASA.gov/HotTicket to send your name to the Sun with the Parker Solar Probe.

April 12, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

April 12, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED April 9th. 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 editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

April 14 (and onward) – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers hosts a series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

April 14 – Westboro Legion Dance with Live Music – Upstairs Hall.
Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by Doug and Pam Champagne in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join in. Cost for admission is $2.00 for Legion Members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit our website at rcl480.com . Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

April 14 – Great Bach Marathon.
Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) is hosting the second Great Bach Marathon in collaboration with the Royal Canadian College of Organists on Saturday, April 14 between 1:30 p.m. and -6 p.m. You can come anytime you want and leave any time you need. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Woodroffe’s pipe organ in full swing. Not only are we raising very important funds for the scholarships for young organists, but we are raising consciousness about the organ and its wonderful mysteries. Some of the performers include well-known Ottawa organists Wesley Warren, Karen Holmes, Rachel Laurin, Frances Macdonnell, musicians familiar to Woodroffe Alison Kranias and Margot Lange, also Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church under Kirkland Adsett and many others. Violinist Galina Rezaeipour and Katarina Jovic will open the event with Bach’s second violin sonata in A Major. For more information, please go to rcco-ottawa.ca/events.html#event5 .

April 14 – Festa Italiana.
The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong are pleased to present an Italian-themed concert called Festa Italiana featuring two double bass soloists playing Bottesini. The concert is on Saturday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Parkdale United Church. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are available at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, free for children age 12 and under. For more information please visit parkdaleorchestra.ca .

April 18 – Friends of the Farm Annual General Meeting. ++++
From 7 to 9 p.m. Public welcome, membership not required. Free event. Guest speaker is Dr. Paul Villeneuve, presenting “Environmental Impacts of the Farm.” Meeting and presentation at K.W. Neatby Bldg with free parking. Registration is required, 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/event/annual-general-meeting-2018/ .

April 20 & 21 – Kitchissippi United Church Spring rummage sale.
This popular event has a good selection of clothing, boutique items, jewellery, collectables, books, household items, toys and more. Come and browse. Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, 630 Island Park Dr. (at the Queensway). For information call 613-722-7254 .

April 21 – Connaught Schoolyard Renewal Fundraiser.
Recycle your electronics and textiles and help raise money to improve the schoolyard at Connaught Public School. More information about this initiative can be found at connaughtschoolyardrenewal.ca. Drop by the Connaught Public School parking lot (1149 Gladstone Ave. Note: parking lot is on Rosemount Ave.) on Saturday, April 21 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information on accepted electronics please visit: ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca/accepted-electronics-and-product-clarification .

April 21 – Introduction to Hiking. ++++
Saturday, April 21st, a full-day course for new hikers and those interested in tips to make hiking safe and enjoyable. Topics include hike planning, preparation, packing, outfitting and on-trail procedures, plus an orientation to hiking with a guided group. The day includes a short hike to practice your new skills. Nepean Sportsplex, $85 (includes one-year RTA membership). (RTA means The Rideau Trail Association, a volunteer-based hiking club active in Eastern Ontario). To register or for information: e-mail introtohiking@rideautrail.org .

April 22 – Earth Day Spring Clean-Up.
Many hands make light work! Celebrate EARTH DAY helping Spring Clean our neighborhood parks with the Hampton Iona Community Group on April 22 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We meet at the fieldhouse in Iona Park at 2 p.m. Gloves/garbage bags to be provided, but we will need you to bring rakes. Rain date: Sunday May 6 at 2 p.m., same place

April 24 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “Flowers and Vegetables ” with Judith Cox. Add beauty to your vegetable garden and reap the rewards. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

April 24-25 – Sustainability Plan for Hintonburg. ++++
On Sunday April 24 and Monday April 25, join with local residents and businesses to develop a community sustainability plan. For more details see the Web-exclusive article in this issue.

April 27 – Westboro Legion’s Trivia Challenge for Charity Contest.
Please join us for fun and raise money for your favorite charity. The Westboro Legion has become known for their legendary Trivia for Challenge Contests. It all takes place in our downstairs hall, located at 389 Richmond Rd. Compete in our popular trivia tournament, featuring an Ottawa Trivia League quizmaster, and your team could win a donation to your favourite charity. The cost is $10 per player – maximum six (6) per team. Email your registration form to trivia@rcl480.com and pay at the door on game night. (Because space is limited, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.) All participants must be 19 or older. To ensure fairness, no spectators or electronic devices are allowed during the tournament. For more information please visit our website at www.rcl480.com . .

April 28 – What you don’t know about organ donation.
Please come to the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave.) on Saturday April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The FirstUO Caring Network is hosting “Organ Donation – What You Don’t Know,” a presentation by members of the National Capital Region Gift of Life Network providing factual and emotional aspects of organ donation from the point of view of donors, recipients, family members, and donor registration. The talk is followed by discussion and light refreshments. There is no charge and parking is free. Everyone is welcome for an informative event. For more information, please call 613-725-1066 .

April 28 – Westboro Legion’s Down East Kitchen Party – Downstairs Hall.
You and Yours are invited to celebrate Spring at The Westboro Legion’s Down East Kitchen Party on Saturday April 28. Doors open 6:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. and there are Irish dance lessons between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Live music by some of Ottawa’s best Irish, Down East, Country and Bluegrass sessions players. Please join us at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd., ground floor hall. Wear your comfy dance shoes and wax up your vocal chords. You won’t be able to resist stompin’ yer feet and singing along. Admission is $10 each or 2 for $15. For more information please visit rcl480.com .

April 28 – Baobab Drum and Dance Beats & Eats.
Baobab Drum and Dance Community presents “Beats & Eats” on April 28 with a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. and a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., at First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave. An exciting and vitalizing evening of West African drumming, dancing and singing by the Baobab Youth Performers, with special guest Master Drummer Kwasi Dunyo. Also featuring the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Association Harp Ensemble and the Adowa Dancers. Baobab Youth Performers are excited to welcome their Ghana host, Kwasi Dunyo, to Ottawa. The group travelled to Ghana in July 2017 to study with him in his home village of Dagbamete. OYOA Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Gott, will present traditional material and a collaborative piece with drums, linking the classical Western harp with the West African kora sound. Traditional Adowa dancers from the Ghanaian community here in Ottawa will round out the evening of vibrant music and dance with strong community energy. Tickets $20; $10 students and seniors in advance ($5 more at the door); includes a pre-concert reception with Ghanaian snacks at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Village Quire (312 Richmond Rd.) For info go to http://baobabtree.org/events, call 613-729-0987 or email info@baobabtree.org .

April 28 – Westboro Legion Dance with Live Music – Upstairs Hall.
Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “The Divas” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join in. Cost for admission is $2 for Legion Members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit rcl480.com . Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

April 28 – Craft, Bake, Rummage Sale.
The Salvation Army Ottawa Grace Manor will be holding a combination of Craft and Bake Sale along with a Rummage Sale on Saturday April 28 at 1156 Wellington St W. from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Artisans will be selling baked goods, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles among other crafts. There will also be a rummage sale of gently used book and household items. All proceeds go towards supporting resident activities. For more information, please contact Sandy at 613-722-8025 ext. 135.

April 28 – Parkdale United Church, Spring Rummage Sale. ++++
Saturday, April 28, 2017, 9 a.m.-12p.m. at 429 Parkdale Ave. Use Gladstone Ave door. Clothing, household items, toys, books, electronics, furniture, linen, plants, sports items, oodles of items. Donations are welcome but must be delivered before April 26. 613-728-9686, http://www.parkdaleunitedchurch.ca/

May 8 Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “Unusual Edibles” with Esther Bryan. Come and learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful edibles. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

May 11 – Nepali Gala.
Namaste. On behalf of the Women’s Foundation Nepal we invite you to the 12th Annual Nepali Gala to be held at First Unitarian (30 Cleary Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a delicious Nepali meal of dahl, butter chicken and curried vegetables prepared by members of the Ottawa Nepali community; peruse our unique silent-auction items; sale of hand-woven silk and cashmere scarves and be entertained by Nepali dancers. Tickets, including dinner are $25/children $15. For reservations call 613-820-4061 or email ottawanepaligala18@gmail.com. Proceeds from the event will support the Women’s Foundation Nepal and their work to provide shelter and assistance to victims of gender-based violence and exploitation. For more information and to see a video of the Foundation please visit http://firstunitarianottawa.ca/nepali-gala-2018 .

May 12 – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers hosts a final series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

May 12 – This Is Why We Sing.
This Is Why We Sing: Five Decades of CCC is taking place Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. At All Saints’ Westboro / First United Church (347 Richmond Rd.). A light and joyful double choir concert with the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa directed by Jackie Hawley, with instrumental accompaniment. Come and listen to key performance choices by Cantiamo, and favourite choral pieces selected by CCC members from the choir’s 50-year repertoire. Hear what inspires us to keep on singing!

May 12 – Short Story Writing Workshop – OPL 50+ Short Story Contest.
Join Peter Scotchmer, one of the judges for this year’s OPL 50+ Short Story Contest, as he discusses the elements of a good story and answers your questions about writing. Registrants may bring short samples of their writing. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday May 12 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 12 – Yoga in the Park.
All are welcome to McKellar Park for a dog-friendly yoga session. This will be a drop-in yoga fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bringing a dog is optional! 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to Interval House of Ottawa. A suggested fee of $10 (just for the humans) is requested. Additional donations will be graciously accepted, charitable tax receipts can be provided. Hosted at McKellar Park, 539 Wavell Avenue, Ottawa. In case of rain, the event will move into the onsite McKellar Park Field House. The yoga instructor is generously donated by the Dovercourt Recreation Association. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit: http://sites.google.com/ocdsb.ca/yoga-in-the-park . About the charity: Interval House of Ottawa offers safe, short-term emergency accommodation to abused women and their children and (soon to be added) pets. Community partner: Dovercourt Recreation Association.

May 12 – Fish Fry.
Woodroffe United Fish Fry celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Meal includes cod fish, fries, coleslaw, beans, dessert, coffee/tea. Beer and Wine available for purchase. Entertainment provided. 207 Woodroffe Ave. Saturday, May 12. Plenty of free parking! There will be two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 613-722-9250. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal at http://woodroffeunited.org or at door. For more information email treasurer@woodroffeunited.org .

May 15 – Aging by the Book: A Reading Circle.
Be part of a group that meets weekly for six weeks to explore the older adult experience as portrayed in a wide range of written work. We will discuss poems, short stories, essays, and excerpts from novels and memoirs. Readings will be provided. Registration is limited to ten participants; no new registrants after the second session. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Tuesdays, May 15- June 19 at 2 pm. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 22 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “A Garden for the Bees” with Julianne Labreche. Learn how to attract bees and why they are necessary for pollination. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and 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. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday Pool.
Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. 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). Our next guest night is January 22. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see 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: $1.75 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
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 9am, 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 look for their September 1st article here 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:

Web-extra (April 12, 2018): Different Ways To Celebrate Astronomy Day; On April 21/22.

Web-extra (April 12, 2018): Different Ways To Celebrate Astronomy Day;
on April 21/22.

By Mark Narwa.

Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, an amateur astronomer, who was then the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California.

Mr. Berger decided that rather than having to convince people to travel far distances to visit observatory open houses, why not bring the telescopes closer to busy locations where the public is, such as shopping malls, parks, and street corners. His idea was a success and Astronomy Day became a hit among the public. Today, Astronomy Day is celebrated all over the world as well as in Canada, including Ottawa, to promote and bring the joy of astronomy to the general public, by professional and amateur astronomers setting up telescopes and hosting educational outreach events in public areas.

The spring Astronomy Day is celebrated between mid April to mid May, depending on when the Saturday closest to the First Quarter Moon occurs. In 2007, the Astronomical League added a fall Astronomy Day which takes place between mid September to mid October on the Saturday closest to the First Quarter Moon. This was done because of seasonal conditions in different parts of the country. This year, the spring Astronomy Day is will take place on April 21, which is the day before the First Quarter Moon. The autumn Astronomy Day will take place October 13, 2018.

In Ottawa, Astronomy Day is celebrated in the spring by the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group (OAOG). The OAOG will be hosting a free all day public stargazing event in the parking lot next to Indigo (Chapters) bookstore at the Silver City Shopping Centre (2401 City Park Drive) from 10am to 10pm. The OAOG will have a variety of telescopes of varying sizes and types for the public to look through. Some of the attractions to look at will be the Sun, the Moon and the planets. There will also be educational displays and handouts for visitors to take home.

If one cannot attend a public Astronomy Day event on April 21, there are other things you can do on your own or with family and friends to celebrate the day to become acquainted with astronomy, without any equipment. If the sky is clear at about 7:00pm, go outside and have a look at the 6 day old Moon in the southwestern sky. Once the Sun starts to set, look at the western sky from about 8:00pm to 10:00pm and see if you can spot a very bright object; that object will be the planet Venus. At about 9:25pm turn southeast and spot a bright object rising in the sky; this will be the planet Jupiter. Then, look high in the northern sky and see if you can spot the seven stars that make up the Big Dipper. If you are still awake and the sky is clear in the morning of April 22, from about 2:00am to 5:00am catch a glimpse of some meteors from the Lyrid meteor shower. There could be from 5 to 18 meteors an hour in the northeastern sky. If the weather does not cooperate on the 21st, there is always the next clear night to go out and enjoy the night sky.

If you already have some knowledge in astronomy, you can borrow a telescope from the Imagine Space at the Nepean Centrepointe library for a seven day loan period. In Kitchissippi, both the Rosemount and Carlingwood libraries have a good selection of books and DVDs on astronomy. You can also check out the Ottawa Public Library’s online catalogue for books, magazines and DVDs on astronomy and have them transferred from other libraries to the Rosemount or Carlingwood Libraries. There are many retailers in the Kitchissippi area that sell Astronomy magazines. You can also check out these magazine websites for some free information and sign up for their free e-newsletter.

Astronomy
http://www.astronomy.com/

Sky and Telescope
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

SkyNews
http://www.skynews.ca/

Here is a list of astronomy groups of amateur astronomers in the Ottawa area that host events and offer information on astronomy.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Ottawa Centre
https://ottawa.rasc.ca/

Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group (OAOG)
http://www.oaog.ca

Ottawa Astronomy Friends (OAFs)
https://oafs.ca/

Popscope Ottawa
https://www.facebook.com/ottawapopscope/ .

Web-extra (April 12, 2018): Hintonburg Community Sustainability Plan; a community consultation on April 24 and 25

Web-extra (April 12, 2018): Hintonburg Community Sustainability Plan; a community consultation on April 24 and 25.

Here’s how you can contribute to your community of Hintonburg.

On Sunday April 24 and Monday April 25, join with local residents and businesses to develop a community sustainability plan. You will give your input in a one hour session, where you suggest issues and projects for one of 10 Themes of Sustainability.

On registering, you may indicate your Theme of choice. Organizers may ask a few people to switch groups if one Theme does not have enough for a good discussion. This should not be a problem for most people who have ideas in many areas. As well, you may provide written ideas on the Themes you did not discuss in groups.

Some of your suggestions can be for larger projects. But most ideas should be for projects that people can do themselves.
For example, you might suggest projects such as these:

  • Energy – upgrading insulation,
  • Habitat – Creating a pollinator garden,
  • Food – buying local food,
  • etc.

All ages are welcome. Discussions are sure to be stimulating and useful. If you live or work in Hintonburg please join us to creation a community sustainability plan. You can register at: [ http://obec-evbo.ca/hintonburg-community-sustainability-plan ].

March 15, 2018: Look Up. Look Wa-a-ay Up!; A week to watch the sky.

March 15, 2018: Look Up. Look Wa-a-ay Up!;
A week to watch the sky.

By Mark Narwa.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest single structure that humans have ever put into space. Sixteen countries including Canada were involved with the construction of the International Space Station. The first phase of the construction of the ISS was launched November 20,1998. Additional phases were launched during ensuing years until June 2011.

The Space Station is 109 metres in length which is about the size of a football field. This length consists mostly of its solar panels. It orbits the Earth at an altitude from 330 km to 435 km, and circles the globe every 90 minutes (16 times a day) at a speed of 28,000 km per hour. In one day, it travels the equivalent of the distance from the Earth to the Moon and back.

The ISS is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. What makes it so bright is that it reflects sunlight off its solar panels. Knowing where to look for the Space Station, one can see it with the naked eye as a bright light moving at great speed across the night sky until it passes out of sight. The last week of March is a good time to spot the International Space Station over Ottawa when it will be passing by in the early evenings.

The first artificial satellite to be launched into space was Sputnik 1, launched on October 4, 1957 by the USSR. Today, there are over 2,000 functioning satellites launched by different countries, orbiting Earth. These consist of surveillance satellites, weather satellites, remote sensing satellites, communication satellites and navigational satellites.

Artificial satellites in low orbit (300km to 500km) above the Earth, can be seen with the naked eye when they reflect sunlight from their metallic bodies and solar panels. The brightness depends on the size and altitude of the satellite. The ideal time to look for satellites is 1 hour after sunset, especially in the spring and summer when the Earth’s shadow is low in the sky. Dozens of satellites can be seen with the naked eye, on a clear night.

To the naked eye, the artificial satellites look like a white bright star gliding steadily against the background of stars. You will know that you are looking at a satellite and not an airplane because there will be no sound or flashing lights. The satellites travel at a speed of 28,000 km/h crossing the sky in about 2 to 3 minutes and then disappearing out of sight once they enter the Earth’s shadow. Most satellites move in a west to east direction, but others have orbits passing over the polar regions, and can be seen moving from north to south or south to north.

There is a group of satellites known as Iridium communication satellites, which consist of 66 active telecommunication satellites in low Earth orbit. They have a peculiar shape with three shiny door-sized antennas. When one of these antennas is lined up to reflect sunlight towards Earth, the satellite appears as a moving streak of light that gets remarkably bright, producing a bright flash in the sky, fading away after several seconds and disappearing out of sight.

Here is a list of websites to help find exactly when and where the International Space Station and other satellites pass over Ottawa.

http://www.n2yo.com/

http://www.satview.org/

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Photo Caption: The International Space Station will be passing over Ottawa on seven consecutive evenings from March 24 to 31. Each appearance will last only a few minutes and relies on clear skies and precise timing for best viewing. See page 18 of this issue for a chart of ISS fly overs and other celestial events this month by day and time. Photo courtesy of NASA.