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
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.
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.
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),



July 26, 2018: Nature All Around Us; Lots of Young Birds and the End of Frog Breeding Season.

July 26, 2018: Nature All Around Us;
Lots of Young Birds and the End of Frog Breeding Season.

By Robert Alvo, Conservation Biologist

When various gull species meet in winter at one of our Twin Cities’ dumps, a favourite song they sing to brave the cold is ‘Fresh Garbage’ by Spirit.

Last time I continued telling you about frogs and birds and how they would be doing in July. You probably noticed many young birds then.

In Ottawa, the most common birds are The Big Three Introduced Species: Rock Pigeons, European Starlings, and House Sparrows. They were introduced from the Old World decades ago and successfully muscled their way into our cities.

Rock Pigeons are pests, pooping and nesting on balconies. European Starlings kick native birds out of their nest holes, while House Sparrows build messy nests on buildings yet provide us nice music.

Common native birds in the city include Song Sparrows, on which Ph.D. thesis have been written on their complex songs. Mourning Doves are smaller and more streamlined than Rock Pigeons and are hunted out in the country.

Those large white birds flying over us and picking up food at fast-food joints are gulls, mostly Ring-billed Gulls. They nest colonially on rocky islets in the Ottawa River between our Twin Cities. In autumn, they are joined by several other gull species and are best seen on that river and on the two main nearby rivers flowing into it, the Rideau and Gatineau Rivers. In winter, though, when food is scarce in the small portions that remain ice-free, gulls hang out at our stinky garbage dumps where they stay alive feeding on humans’ “Fresh Garbage”, a popular 1960s rock song by the band “Spirit” based on the garbage that “you didn’t quite consume”.

Back to birds, Northern Cardinals sing all year. White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches are better known as “ass-up” birds. Downy, Hairy, and the huge Pileated Woodpeckers drill holes to forage and nest. Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Blue Jays (feeder bullies), and the wise American Crows and Common Ravens are also here all year-round, as are Mallard ducks. Let’s not forget the American Robin, which loves lawns.

The late-breeding frogs have finished singing. These are the Green Frog, Bullfrog, and one I failed to mention last time — the Mink Frog. Their eggs have hatched and the tadpoles are not in a big rush to develop because they can overwinter for 1-3 years before transforming into froglets, unlike the early-breeding species that are in a big rush to transform before their shallow ponds dry up. Nevertheless the late-breeders would do well to grow quickly to avoid being eaten by fish, which the early-breeders don’t need to worry about. Remember the discussion of “strategies” last time?

Next time we’ll talk about the birds of September and what I think may have been a cause of our infamous sink-holes on Rideau St. Hint: You can find the answer on at least one informative plaque in the nearby Byward Market.

Photo Caption: The Pileated woodpecker is a favourite for many folks because of its large size and its resemblance to the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker of “Woody Woodpecker”  fame. Pileated woodpeckers can be found in back yards and wooded areas all across Ottawa. Photo by Larry Master.

—Robert Alvo is a Conservation Biologist and Author of Being a Bird in North America, an image-intensive hardcover book available nationally at Chapters and a number of other stores in Ottawa: http://www.babina.ca .



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: Letter to the Editor: The Other Side of the Story; Letters to Newswest.

July 26, 2018: Letter to the Editor: The Other Side of the Story;

Letters to Newswest.

By Alma Cowa.

~May 16, 2018.
Once again [Newswest] has printed a report from R.E.A.D. about the short comings of Rosemount library. There is really nothing new in this report from previous submissions from R.E.A.D. other than to say that the library is getting a $2 million renovation which is ‘merely a Band-Aid solution’.

I have used Rosemount since 1990 and have always found it a welcoming space. Over the years much has changed from computers to self check out and after hours drop boxes. I am at the library most weeks and have never found it over-crowded with no where to sit not even on Saturdays or in the evenings.

The library board plans to replace the main branch sometime in the future at a cost of $168 million on land already owned by the City of Ottawa, just a short trip from Rosemount.

A replacement library in one of the many high rise buildings going up in Kitchissippi would be a nightmare. I can not think of anywhere else close to Rosemount that would provide enough space that R.E.A.D. thinks is necessary. Land in the area is very expensive and unless park space is used not readily available in close proximity to the current building.

Why not wait and see what $2 million can achieve and be pleasantly surprised. The library may not be big but it is small.

[Ed: the print edition has on the same page the last submission from R.E.A.D. which appears in this on-line archive as a web-extra for the previous June 28th issue.]

July 26, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Summertime Safety Tips.

July 26, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Summertime Safety Tips.

By Dawn Neilly, OPS.

Property theft. Break and enters. Theft from vehicles. Summer in the city. That would be this summer and the city is Ottawa.

Law-abiding citizens are not the only ones out and about taking advantage of the fine weather. While you’re pushing the baby in her carriage, warming a bench with a good book in hand, keeping a coffee business thriving, or on your way to work or yoga, someone else is stealing a bicycle from your porch, cleaning the jewelry out of your bureau drawer or taking the GPS out of your car.

Summer should be a time for relaxing and recharging your batteries, not making a police report or filling out an insurance claim.

What describes the would-be thief? Desperate, determined, opportunistic, inventive. Anything that isn’t locked up or out of sight is fair game to someone who plays by different rules.

You forgot to put your ladder away? Excellent access to an upper storey open window. Have you considered having a home security inspection done? In less than an hour you can learn a few good tips that will make your home less attractive to someone who wants to break in. Give me a call at 613-236-1222 ext. 5871 to set that up.

Our vehicles often seem to function like a home away from home. It’s so easy to leave stuff in the car rather than cart it in and out, in and out. If that’s your habit, then you may be a prime target for the would-be thief looking for anything with some kind of resale value, CD’s, GPS’s for example.

Best practice? Everything out of sight or completely removed and your vehicle locked up. In case that’s not enough, you can get an “All Valuables Removed” card to place in your car window. Stop in at 1064 Wellington (Hintonburg Community Centre) for one or print your own from the Ottawa Police web site ( http://ottawapolice.ca ).

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood you can report it online at http://www.ottawapolice.ca .

You might be on vacation but the would-be thief is not. Protecting your property is a year-round activity. Have a crime-free summer!

July 26, 2018: Dog Days of Summer; Hot slides and cool basements.

July 26, 2018: Dog Days of Summer;
Hot slides and cool basements.

By Anna Borris.

Once the novelty of summer vacation faded, the weather had the boiling humidity of a rain forest and the light was a constant sharp glare. The soft green landscape of spring had baked into golden dryness and the lawns were looking like shredded wheat biscuits before they went over Niagara Falls.

Our moms were all the same. As soon as they noticed a few kids gathering in the house, they would yell, “Get out and play, it’s a nice sunny day.” They wanted us out of their hair so they could get on with their day, making jam and pickles in the steamy kitchen, and starting dinner. We were happy to oblige, and made sure we were out of sight in case our mothers thought to make us weed the garden or cut the grass.

A favourite pastime was to sit on our flat garage roof with the hose pointed up to the sky. When someone walked by we gave them a little sprinkle. They would look up, mystified, then figure out where it came from and bark at us. That quickly turned into a water fight with everyone battling for control of the hose. Then the next obvious thing to do was to put on our bathing suits and run screaming through the sprinkler, giving the parched lawn a much-needed drink.

In a couple of hours we were starving. If we happened to be at my house, my mom would bring a tray of sandwiches, (a choice of peanut butter or bologna) and a pitcher of lemonade or Freshie out to the backyard. We loved having a picnic, never realizing every mom’s secret motive was to keep the kids out of the house. Another favourite lunch event was to wrap the sandwiches up and bring a thermos of cold lemonade to the park, climb a tree and have lunch sitting on the branches.

We loved the old high wooden slide with the stairs worn from thousands of feet climbing to the top. Of course the first person to slide down forgot how hot the metal could be in the sun. After they let out a screech of pain, the rest of us slid down on our backs with our shirts to protect us. After a turn on the swings, sailing as high as they would go, we collapsed under the trees to observe the clouds and cool off before heading home.

The neighbourhood pool was only two or three feet deep and usually filled with spashing, fighting little kids, so for five cents the Plant Bath was a better option if we felt like taking the bus down Somerset Street.

The library was always a cool attraction. Some days we would bike over and spend an hour browsing through the stacks and picking out a few books to bring home for a rainy day.

Judy’s mom usually didn’t mind us playing records in their basement. We loved Connie Francis and Lesley Gore, but the boys said they were too “sappy” so they brought over a few reocrds of their own.

They liked the old Johnny Horton songs like “North to Alaska” and “The Battle of New Orleans”, and almost anything by Johnny Cash was also a favourite. We played them all with no objection; the basement was cool and it was another fun way to spend a hot afternoon indoors but still just out of the reach of a scolding mom or an outside job assignment.

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 )

++++ => 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 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.

  • 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 .

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

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Hintonburg Community Association

Hampton-Iona Community Group

Island Park Community Association

McKellar Park Community Association

Mechanicsville Community Association

Wellington Village Community Association

Westboro Beach Community Association

Westboro Community Association

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.