May 24, 2018: When is the best time to plant a tree?; The upside of casting shade.

May 24, 2018: When is the best time to plant a tree?;
The upside of casting shade.

By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg resident.

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “No shade tree? Blame not the sun, but yourself.”

The once very shady Bayview Friendship Park is today less shady than it used to be. A particularly strong storm on May 4th uprooted one large tree which broke the top off of the tree next to it.

The fallen tree destroyed the steps in the pathway leading from Hilda to Bayview, as well as wiping out part of the park’s fence. At this writing, it is too early to tell if the kids’ play structure is damaged since the downed tree has completely engulfed that structure.

The April 16th ice storm resulted in another tree coming down in the park, and with it, branches of 2 other trees had split and later, had to be removed. One of the play structures was also damaged in that storm. In all, this park has suffered a great deal of storm damage over the past winter.

Over the last seven years eight trees have been lost in the Bayview Friendship Park alone. Several other parks have suffered similar set backs.

McCormick Park has suffered a similar fate and has lost a lot of trees through storms and also as a result selective cutting to reduce the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Several trees have been replanted in McCormick Park but it will take many years before they can provide any significant shade.

Many parents have talked about how ideal Bayview and McCormick Parks were as playgrounds precisely because of the shade on the playground structure for a good part of the day. Now, some of the best and most-used area parks will have the play structures subject to direct sunlight for most of the day.

In an era where community growth demands more intense infill, often at the expense of existing trees and foliage, it seems like this would be a good time to plant more trees so that in the future, the parks will return to providing some shade, other environmental benefits beyond cleaner air, and new nesting opportunities for birds and smaller urban wildlife.

It is worth noting that in Paris, France, every tree in the city has an individual number. A department in charge of taking care of all of Paris’ urban trees has been managing the city’s greenery for decades. This includes having added a cement support for an Acacia, the oldest tree in Paris, on the banks of the Seine, just a two minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral.

Although Ottawa is only about one tenth the size of Paris, and has been established as an urban centre for much less time, it is still well worth our trouble to keep a watchful eye on our city’s greenery and to take steps to protect, and replace when necessary, our constantly threatened urban forest. We would do well to remember another ancient wisdom which says, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

Photo Caption: Uprooted tree beside the wood fench it crushed. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

Photo Caption: Bayview Friendship Park in 2012.
[ED: to see more of Bayview Friendship Park as it was 6-years ago, go to the parks page in]


May 24, 2018: Exit Overwintering Cooper’s Hawk; Enter Frogs and Spring Birding.

May 24, 2018: Exit Overwintering Cooper’s Hawk;
Enter Frogs and Spring Birding.

By Robert Alvo.

Early in this series, I discussed my own path for connecting to nature, which started with shooting birds and recently ended up with the “Being A Bird in North America” approach, a unique combination of science and humour.

Now we’re well into spring, and it’s time to get outside! As I write (May 1), three frog species are singing their distinct songs in various parts of Ottawa: Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, and Western Chorus Frog.

As you read, however, in late May, those three species will have stopped singing (Wood Frogs go for only 10 days in their explosive breeding season) and will have been replaced by American Toads, Leopard Frogs, and perhaps the high-climbing bubbling-sounding Gray Treefrog.

In the meantime, spring migration has begun. The numbers of warblers, flycatchers, vireos, and other “dicky” birds will have peaked on their way northward in the second week in May.

If I had to name the best place in Ottawa to bird that is reachable by public transit (Bus #16), it’s Mud Lake in the Britannia Conservation Area in the west end.

Finding good birding areas in Ottawa is easy via the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club which offers many outings, monthly meetings with presentations, and a newly redesigned website with more birdy information for the Ottawa area; also, there is .

For birding spots across the river, check le Club des Ornithologues de l’Outaouais (COO), at, which published a small book called, “Guide to Birdwatching Sites of the Outaouais” in French AND in English. That book contains a histogram showing the probability of seeing that species in each week of the year. Kudos to that club. I saw copies of the book being sold at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.

Next time we’ll look at how the frogs and birds are doing in June and continue with some surprise topics.

May 24, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Summer Safety.

May 24, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Summer Safety.

By Cst Dawn Neilly, OPS.

Finally, the time has come to talk about safety and security in the community now that fine weather is with us. You may have noticed the increased presence of bicycles on the street (note: street, not sidewalk, please) and pedestrians doing shopping on foot or just out for a stroll.

It’s a pretty happy looking scene. Something to consider though, is that it’s not just law-abiding residents out enjoying the day; would-be thieves are just as thrilled to be out in the nice weather for a couple of reasons.

Winter is finally over and now we’re into our other season, that is the construction season. This might be nothing more than a bit of work in the backyard, but it could mean that ladders – good for accessing upper storey windows are left lying in plain sight, or tools like hammers and crowbars, both handy for prying open locked doors or windows, are left lying around.

Would-be thieves are pretty canny when it comes to taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves, so no need to make it any easier for them. Put ladders and tools away when they’re no longer in use.

The increased number of bicycles out in the neighbourhood is an attractive proposition to would-be thieves. “I’ll only be gone a few minutes,” is no guarantee your bike won’t be stolen. Get a good lock and use it whenever you’re away from your bicycle even if it’s for a few minutes.

It’s also a good idea to engrave an identifying number, like your driver’s licence number, on your bicycle in case it is stolen and later recovered by police who can then get it back to you.

You can borrow an engraver for free from the Community Police Centre, located at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. West. Call 613-236-1222, ext. 5870 or 5871 to make sure we’re open.

Happy summer!

May 24, 2018: Photo Essay: Tiptoe Through the Music; Uke Troupe-ing in Colour for Young and Old.

May 24, 2018: Photo Essay: Tiptoe Through the Music;
Uke Troupe-ing in Colour for Young and old.
Photo Caption: Hintonburger Mark Forman (left) joins area musician Joel Jacques to entertain crowds at Ottawa’s 2018 Tulip Festival. As part of this year’s festival, a  ‘Pop-up Uke Troupe’ performed on the Saturdays and Sun.days of the festival. Ukulele players of all ages were led by Joel Jacques of Ukebox (> ). Photos by Neil Forman.

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Photo Caption: All the troupe strolling through “Ottawa” (I mean the big sign).

Photo Caption: Two kids jamming for the microphone, plus the adults as backup band entertain the patio go-ers in the market.

Photo Caption: And the Lad and Ladies popup with some electric guitar backup too.

May 24, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

May 24, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED May 23rd. 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 or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

May 25 – LobsterFest. ++++
Kiwanis Club of Ottawa returns with the sell-out event of the last 40 years, again at the Centurion Centre 170 Colonnade Road South. Social hour 5:30p.m., then dinner 6:30-8:00p.m. then dancing. 75$ or $60 for the chicken dinner. Call 613-723-8971 for Reservations.

May 25 to June 2 – The Happening
Art, food, fun for the whole family! The Happening celebrates local artists, designers, musicians and businesses on Wellington West from the Somerset Bridge to Island Park.Go to for the full festival line up. Note: Arts Park returns to Parkale Park on the final day June 2nd.

May 26 – Author visit with David Mulholland.
AuthorDavid Mulholland will read scenes from his most recent work,Chaudière Falls – A Novel of Dramatized History. The story is based upon the founding of our National Capital Region and how Ottawa became our nation’s capital. David will answer questions about the story, and copies of his three novels will be available for purchase. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday May 26 at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to .

May 26 – Final Concert of the Season. ++++
For Cantata Singers of Ottawa’s final concert of the season, the CSO will be joined by a 13-piece string orchestra for a concert based on the 14th century Christian hymn, Ave Verum (presented in plain chant and a more Canadian modern composition). Other composers represented will include Josquin des Prez, William Byrd, Peter Phillips, Orlando Lassus, Franz Liszt, Mozart, Edward Elgar, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc. A wonderful evening of music for all. Join us at 8 p.m. atSt. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod St. Please visit for more info.

May 27 – Newswest Reminder: Leader’s Debate. ++++
A Newswest reminder to watch this Ontario Election’s Provincial Leader’s Debate on Sunday May 27th. Available on CTVOttawa CH13 starting at 6:30p.m.

May 27 – Dollars for Dogs in Andrew Haydon Park. ++++
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind presents their 34th annual Dollar$ for Dog$ Fundraising Dog Walk. This is an event for the public and their pet dogs to raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raise pledges in advance and join us for a four-kilometre walk in the park on Sunday, May 27th. A 100 dollars in pledges will get you an exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind t-shirt, or $500 gets you a $50 gift card from a major retailer (a whopping $1,000 will get you a $100 gift card). After the walk, there will be free pizza and plenty of prizes. Registration starts at 9:30a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30a.m. Sign up online at or email for a hard copy entry form. Andrew Haydon Park is at 3169 Carling Avenue.

May 27 – Psychic Sunday.
With many different types of Psychics, Mediums, Palm Readers, Tarot, and Tea Leaf Readers to choose from, this day is sure to be magical! It will take place in the private hall upstairs at the Carleton Tavern (233 Armstrong St.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee and baked goods will be available in the hall, and the Breakfast Special will be available downstairs until 2 p.m. Each Psychic will have their own set fee for their readings. Admission by donation.

May 28 – Provincial All Candidates Debate.
The Hampton Iona Community Group invites you to attend an All-Candidates-Debate for our riding in the upcoming provincial election. Join us at St. George’s Parish 415 Piccadilly Avenue ( between Wellington Street West and Byron Avenue ) on Monday, May 28th. Start time is 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please contact for more info.

May 29 – Newswest Reminder: Ontario Election Registration. ++++
Newswest asks that if you have not yet registered to vote in the Ontario Provincial Election or have not received your voter card in the mail to please visit the Elections Ontario Web-site ( ). Those who register on-line on or before May 29th should receive their voter card before June 7th. Those who are not registered by this date should visit the web-site to familiarize themselves with what is involved with late registration.

May 29 – Dining in the Dark at Chances R. ++++
Chances R will host their 9th annual Dining in the Dark, a fundraiser in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. There are sittings at 5:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes a 4-course meal. Tickets are available in restaurant only by cash, and by debit, or credit card. 7:30p.m. is SOLD OUT. Tickets for 5:00p.m. are first-come, first-served. Last year, $5,000 was raised bringing the grand total to $35,000! This event sell outs, so act quickly! Chances R is at 1365 Woodroffe Avenue not far from Baseline Bus station.

May 30 – Mobility: Maximizing Your Choices.
Join an expert panel from The Council on Aging, Ottawa West Community Support, The City of Ottawa and learn about issues ranging from walking and wheeling in varied weather conditions, age-related changes and driving, transportation options of your local Community Support Services agency, and riding OC Transpo and preparing for the LRT. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday May 30 at 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to .

May 31 – Parkdale Food Centre Gala.
Our 5th Annual Gala promises to be quite the affair. Amazing restaurants and a great band. Come and dance, bid on some amazing Silent Auction prizes and don’t miss a chance to eat at 10 of your favourite local restaurants & caterers all in the same evening! All money raised goes to pay our grocery bills over the summer. (Charitable number 889365003 RR 0001.) Click here for details. Tickets can be purchased at .

May to October – Friends of the Farm’s Art Exhibitions. ++++
The Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists will send 5 to 10 artists to the gardens during “June Blooms” as part of their summer Sketching Program this year. The Society is supporting two botanical art exhibitions, “Art of the Plant”, hosted by the Canadian Museum of Nature, May 10 to October 14th, and “Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada”, hosted by Canadian Agricultural and Food Museum, May 18 to October 31st. Visit for more info.

May to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
May 26th – OTL is at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, Tools, small appliances, more tools! Some vintage, all working. 366 Third Avenue.
May 28th – Learn to Mend (and swap fabric, wool, and clothes too!) Repair don’t toss! Swap, don’t shop!
June 2nd – 100-in-1-Day Synapcity Swap – Tools, small appliances, clothes and more! The Ottawa Tool Library is taking part in the 100in1 Day community activities across Ottawa with a giant swap at Makerspace North.
June 25th – Community Demo Night at OTL – Bike Repair! Small group demo’s on tightening brakes, oiling your chain, pumping tires, and alignment. Everyone welcome, $5 suggested donation. Visit for more info.
And More OTL Events Coming up:
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!).

June 1 – Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Coming Friday June 1st, World Premiere “Reliving Marilyn” (rated PG). Please visit for more info, The Ottawa Family Cinema (613-722-8218) is at Notre Dame Auditorium 710 Broadview Avenue (north of Carling). (No films on Friday May 18th and Saturday May 19th as the Cinema is closed for May )Long Weekend.

June 2 – Fletcher Wildlife Garden – Native Plant Sale. ++++
Saturday June 2 from 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Visit the Fletcher Wildlife Garden (FWG) for their Annual Native Plant Sale. Hundreds of beautiful local wildflowers grow in the Ottawa area. These native plants attract and support local wildlife, including pollinators such as birds, bees, and butterflies. FWG encourages growing native plants so that pollinators and other wildlife can find shelter and food. A wide variety of native plants creates a garden that flowers throughout the summer and whose ecological balance makes herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers unnecessary. Volunteers will be on hand to advise about which plants suit your garden. The sale is located at FWG building on the east side of Prince of Wales Drive, just south of the Arboretum.
Visit for more info.

June 2 – Art Lending of Ottawa Summer Exhibition. ++++
Saturday, June 2 in the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive (Outaouais Room, East entrance) 10:00a.m-.5:00p.m. You may lease, lease to purchase and purchase original fine visual art at reasonable prices. Local artists. Free admission and parking. Visit us at (Art Lending of Ottawa, is a not for profit organization since 1970).

June 2 – Wild, Wild Westboro Garage Sale.
This annual garage sale is an annual event which takes place outdoors at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Saturday June 2 from 8-11 (no rain date). Come and browse over 50 tables with tons of treasures, including children’s toys, gear, and clothing. Proceeds go to the Westboro Community Association.

June 2, 10, 13, 14, and 16 – June in the Park Month.
Hampton Iona Community Group will be participating in Ecology Ottawa’s “June in the Park Month.” HICG has received a TD Bank Parks People Grant and is hosting a “Leave your Mark on Iona Park” series of events in Iona Park under the guidance of artist Claudia Salguero. Teams of ten people per session will clean, cut and paint planters made from tires. It is fun for all ages. For more information, or to sign up, contact . It all culminates on June 16when we hold a Gardening Party while finding inner calm with Yoga in the Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please bring your own mat.(See the Newswest Article “Great News for Hampton-Iona; TD Parks grant inspires new projects (June 2-16, and beyond)” for more on the event).

June 3 – Annual Neighborhood Plant Share.
June is bloomin’ wonderful this year, with Ottawa Garden Days and Ecology Ottawa holding green events. Come to the third Annual Neighborhood Plant Share on Sunday June 3 at 9:30 a.m. to noon in front of 125 Wesley Ave. Share your divided plants and take home new ones. Orphaned plants will be added to the gardens in Iona Park, a project begun in 2016 (See the Newswest Article “A West End Garden Legacy; Sherry Clarke’s enduring work” for more on the Iona Park project).

June 6 – Digging Up Your Roots with FamilySearch.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the FamilySearch website for family history researchers. Learn about the many free resources and tools available, and how to maximize your research capabilities at Family History Centres. The presenter is Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Director of the LDS Ottawa Family History Centre. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to .

June 7 – Newswest Reminder: Ontario Election Day. ++++
Newswest asks that if you have not yet voted to please do so on Thursday June 7th 2018. Those wishing to vote before June 7th may do so by mail or at the office of your returning officer. Other locations will be available starting May 26th. For details and registration please visit the Elections Ontario Web-site ( ).

June 9 – Ottawa Carleton Choristers Concert.
Join The Ottawa Carleton Choristers, special musical guests, The Suspicious Harmonies, and MC Adrian Harewood for “O’Siem: We are all family…stronger together” concert on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30p.m. at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. Admission is a goodwill offering. Dessert reception follows.

June 9 – Plant and bake sale.
Friends of Churchill Recreation Centre will be holding a plant and bake sale in the parking lot on Churchill Ave, between Madison and Richmond, on June 9th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a cash only sale.

June 10 – Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Explore this urban gem with tour leaders, Sunday June 10 at 10a.m. Topic: “Trees and Damaging Agents”. Why do trees usually not live much more than 2 or 3 human lifespans, if lucky? Our guides will explore many damaging agents and other causes of tree mortality via a tour of the Dominion Arboretum. Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance. Visit for more info.

June 16 to 17 – Friends of the Farm’s Used Book Sale. ++++
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Thousands of the best used books in Ottawa are for sale at the Friends annual Used Book Sale. Enjoy browsing outstanding selections culled from the home libraries of friends and families from around the region. It’s a 2-day sale for a reason! Stock up now for your summer reading. All fiction is alphabetized with 18 categories of non-fiction plus vintage books. Great selection, great prices – $1 for paperbacks, $2 for trade paperback and hardback, $3 for new releases. Your support in donating books at our annual book drop-off makes it possible for this to be our biggest event every year. Heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and tireless volunteers who sort and stack them! Have more books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 20 (mark your calendar). Visit for more info.

June 19, 21, 22 – 3 talks on Contemporary Middle East. ++++
Dr. Said is an Anglican Priest ordained in the Diocese of Jerusalem, currently serving in the Diocese of Liverpool, England. He is also a scholar, Islam Lecturer and travels under an Israeli passport. The schedule of Dr. Said’s talks here in Ottawa by general topic and location is as follows: First “Islam” Tuesday June 19 at 7p.m. at All Saints with St. Matthias in Westboro 347 Richmond Road, Second “Islam and Christianity” Thursday June 21 at 7p.m. at St Martin’s 2120 Prince Charles Road, And finally “Christians and the Middle East” Friday, June 22 at 7p.m. at St Martin’s. Dr. Said will be guest of honour at a luncheon hosted by St Martin’s on Wednesday, June 20 and will be guest preacher at St Martin’s Sunday morning worship services taking place at 8:30a.m. and at 10:00a.m. on June 24. Look for more information in the May 24th issue of Newswest here on-line.

June 20 – Have You Had ‘The Talk?’.
Can you live as long as you want as well as you want in Ottawa? Begin one of the most important talks of your life. Take part in a discussion about Advance Care Planning – a process of conversations, decisions and caring for each other. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday June 20th, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Registration is required. For more information go to: .

June 24 – Friends of the Farm’s June Blooms Garden Tours. ++++
Stroll Through Garden History on June 24th. The Central Experimental Farm’s Ornamental Gardens have enchanted visitors for more than a century on this National Historic Site. Friends of the Farm invite you to “June Blooms” Saturday June 24 from 10a.m. to 2p.m, with 1p.m. launch of the historic replanted portions of the Macoun Garden. Expert garden volunteers provide free guided tours of the CEF Ornamental Gardens (donations are always gratefully appreciated). Park at the Agriculture Museum parking lot (Pay and Display). The Friends will be at the Farm entrance near the parking area with additional information on garden tours. Light refreshments will also be available.
**Event will be cancelled in case of rain, so check at for more info.**

June 26 – George Parish Strawberry Social.
We’re breaking out the fine china for the St. George Parish strawberry social! Join us and bring a neighbour for a fun tea party at 415 Piccadilly Ave. in the parish hall on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 between 2 pm and 7 pm! Delicious church sandwiches, homemade cake with locally sourced strawberries and ice cream, and plenty of tea and coffee. Family friendly. Great raffle prizes and a bake sale table. Tickets available at the door – $10/adult, $5/child. All proceeds support the parish’s charitable activities in the neighborhood. All are welcome. .

July 12, 14 & 20 – 3 Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Thursday July 12 at 3:30p.m. Canadian Institute of Forestry Tour (Ottawa Valley Section). Saturday July 14 at 8p.m. “Got Bats?”. Friday July 20 at 8:30p.m. “A Night With the Moths”. 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 for more info.

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 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 . Visit 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 .

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 .

Volunteer wanted. ++++
Friends of the Farm is seeking an volunteer event coordinator for their “Annual Used Book Sale”. Central Experimental Farm, June 16 & 17, 10-4p.m. You’ll require good communication, organizational skills, ability to work well in a group setting. Submit resume .

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 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 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 or contact .

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. ++++
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 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 or .

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 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.

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

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April 26, 2018: Cymbeline in Summer; Theatre magic in our parks (July 4 to August 5).

April 26, 2018: Cymbeline in Summer;
Theatre magic in our parks (July 4 to August 5).

By Eleanor Crowder.

What says “summer” to you? Lazy days in the shade? A cool smoothie at Westboro beach? Friends and a long summer evening with the light sinking slowly to dusk.

Magic, right? For the folks at Bear & Co., summer is all these things as we bring you a theatre experience like no other. We pull up to the park, lay a rope on the ground and presto, your sylvan oasis is our stage. Actors hustle into costume, stretch, warm-up the sword play, warm up the songs.

Your community arrives, with lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and suddenly you are a theatre. Magic 2 – chairs circled tight to the stage. Blankets up front, with the occasional stroller tucked between lawn chairs. This is community theatre for all ages.

Bear & Co.’s Shakespeare in the Park is truly a community event, with long-time aficionados and first time audience tucked in side by side. The action is fast paced; the words crystal clear.

In front of you on stage, you, the audience create Magic 3 – your willing collusion in the crazy sweeps of Shakespeare’s plot and the zany antics of his characters.

This summer, Bear & Co. bring you Cymbeline, possibly the craziest of all Shakespeare plots: lovers torn asunder, a scheming seducer, a wicked stepmother, a pampered princeling who gets his just deserts, and wild men, yes, wild men who live in a cave.

Sharon King-Campbell joins the company as guest director from St John’s, Newfoundland. Sharon began her career here in Ottawa playing Shakespeare in the Park so it’s a delight to have her come full circle. And you’ll see more of her work next season at the NAC, when she assistant directs Between Breaths with Jillian Keiley.

Cymbeline will play at 7 pm. The sun sinks slowly as the play progresses, but you’ll be moving before the mosquitoes hit. Bear & Co. will play Clare Gardens Park and Hintonburg Park , twice each, and this year we add a very special performance July 12 at Westboro Beach.

Thursdays will find us in your neighbourhood. Check the website at for the dates, and for a close-by location should a sudden squall rain us out. The show is available across the region Tuesdays through Sundays, July 4 to August 5.

This is true grass roots theatre, as Shakespeare’s own company would have done it. Bear & Co. invites you to join in passing the hat after each performance. The cash in the hat means the actors can eat to play again.

The park is open to everyone, the show on offer to all. Your generosity keeps the art alive and puts you front and centre on the action every time.

Past seasons have brought “The Tempest”, “Macbeth” and “Romeo & Juliet” to area parks. This season’s show brings its own bragging rights: Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s craziest play presented in your very own park by Bear & Co., your very own travelling players.

Eleanor Crowder is a founding artist with Bear & Co. She has been staging Ottawa’s Shakespeare in the Park for 20 years.
Photo Caption: Doreen Taylor-Claxton (standing) as Lady Macbeth with Zoe Georgaras, as the fire witch, in Bear & Co.’s production of Macbeth. This year’s play, “Cymbeline” runs in area parks from July 4 to August 5. Photo by Andrew Alexander Photography.

April 26, 2018: Great News for Hampton-Iona; TD Parks grant inspires new projects (June 2-16, and beyond).

April 26, 2018: Great News for Hampton-Iona;
TD Parks grant inspires new projects (June 2-16, and beyond).

By Eileen Hun.

Hampton-Iona Community Group (HICG) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a Grant for $2000.00 from a project called “TD Parks People”, initiated to help make community events happen in parks.

Eleven grants were to be awarded to each of five cities, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. The program is sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

Our submission had to include three events happening between April and December 2018. All events had to be at no cost to participants.

Our first event will be a “Tire Recycling Planter Project”, a team building effort to span three generations of participants taking place in Iona Park between June 2nd and June 16th.

Under the guidance of professional artist Claudia Salguero, we will be creating a number of flower planters from recycled tires over five sessions. Each session will last for 3 hours and will build on the work done at the previous session.

Our “new” tire planters will then be filled with flowers and the planters will last for years, lending color and art to the park. We need teams of 10 participants for each session.

Following events will be “Fun and Games in the Park” in mid-summer, and in the fall, a Guided Nature walk through Hampton and Iona Parks. Details of these events will follow.

Photo Caption: Among projects sponsored by a TD Canada Trust Grant, the Tire Recycling Planter Project offers colour and growth by re-purposing old tires. Photo courtesy of HIC.