Web-extra (May 17, 2018): Photo Inset: Dollars for Dogs; A fun fundraiser in Andrew Hayden Park on May 27.

Web-extra (May 17, 2018): Photo Inset: Dollars for Dogs; A fun fundraiser in Andrew Hayden Park on May 27.
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Photo Caption: A long line of dog walkers on the path snaking through the park from a previous walk helped raise money for the charity, will you do the same this year? Photos provided by Steven Doucette of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. For more info on the event visit http://guidedogs.ca or see the entry in this week’s Community Calendar Plus (below).

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Web-extra (May 17, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

Web-extra (May 17, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED May 19th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

May 19 – Friends of the Farm Tour. ++++
At 2p.m. Join Friends of the Farm Lilac Team for a free guided tour of over 200 lilac varieties in the Lilac Walk of the CEF Ornamental Gardens. The tour is free and open to the public. Did you know that lilacs, native to the European Balkans, were carried along the spice route and the history of lilacs traces the first collection to the Austrian court in 1563? Meet at the Macoun Garden, park in the lot at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (Pay and Display) off Prince of Wales and follow the signs. Donations are gratefully accepted during the tour. For more info check http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events .

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/ .

May 23 – Preview A New Canadian musical. ++++
A Saucy new Canadian musical “Miss Shakespeare” at The Gladstone. Three Sisters Theatre Company, Ottawa’s own indie theatre company dedicated to promoting local opportunities for women in theatre, delights audiences with Miss Shakespeare, a new musical by Kamloops, BC playwright Tracey Power with music co-written with Steve Charles, featuring a powerhouse cast of Ottawa talent including CBC National Triple Sensation II winner, Leah Cogan. After the preview the play opens on Thursday May 24 and runs evenings at 7:30p.m. (no shows Sunday night nor Monday nights) and 2:30p.m. on Saturdays & Sunday, Please visit http://www.threesisterstheatre.ca or http://www.thegladstone.ca for more info.

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 http://thehappeningottawa.ca for the full festival line up.

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 https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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 http://www.cantatasingersottawa.ca for more info.

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 http://guidedogs.ca or email events@guidedogs.ca for a hard copy entry form. Andrew Haydon Park is at 3169 Carling Avenue.

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 https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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 https://parkdalefoodcentregala.eventbrite.ca .

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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca 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! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/learn-to-mend-tickets-42507679614
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. http://www.100in1day.org/events/5af1a4378941af0004258135
June 25th – Community Demo Night at OTL – Bike Repair! Small group demo’s on tightening brake
s, oiling your chain, pumping tires, and alignment. Everyone welcome, $5 suggested donation. Visit http://ottawatoollibrary.com/monthly-shop-community-demo-nights/ 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 http://www.familycinema.ca 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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca for more info.

June 2 – Art Lending of Ottawa Summer Xxhibition. ++++
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 http://www.artlendingofottawa.ca (Art Lending of Ottawa, is a not for profit organization since 1970).

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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ 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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ 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 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 http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/event/june-blooms-garden-tours/ for more info.**

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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ 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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

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

October 16 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “Bulbs for Year Round Enjoyment” with Mary Reid. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

November 6 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “History of English Country House Gardens” with Heather Clemenson. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

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 volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca .

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 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 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: $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:

May 20 – Cyclofusion.
CycloFusion on Sunday, May 20th 9a.m. to 1p.m. Champlain Parking Lot (Island Park and Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway). This is a FREE drop-in event to celebrate the opening of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays Event will include: demos, games, music, free tune-ups, and prizes! Hosted by EnviroCentre. EnviroCentre (http://envirocentre.ca) is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide people, communities and organizations with practical solutions to lighten their environmental impact. Find out more about our Bike to Work Month campaign at: http://www.biketoworkottawa.ca .

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 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. http://www.saintgeorges.ca/events .

April 26, 2018: Rosemount Library Gets a Band Aid; Added space is what’s needed.

April 26, 2018: Rosemount Library Gets a Band Aid;
Added space is what’s needed.

By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D.

It goes without saying that Rosemount branch library is a very busy branch. Our community library has the highest circulation of items per square foot of all the 33 OPL branches. And it’s not surprising given that Rosemount currently serves an area of more than 40,000 residents. But with in-fill development taking place, the number of residents will continue to increase on a steady basis. Within its catchment area, almost 16,000 residents are library card holders which makes it the eighth highest of all the branches in the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) system.

Rosemount users often state how over-crowded and under-resourced their local library is. Built in 1918 and expanded in 1936, it was last significantly upgraded in 1984. But little can be done as a result of its size, which is 6,089 square feet. It sits proudly but overshadowed by a condominium development which envelops it, building on one side, underground parking entrance on the other.

The OPL statistics indicate that there are six other branches in the system that can be compared with Rosemount. These are Alta Vista, Carlingwood, Elmvale Acres, Emerald Plaza, North Gloucester, and St. Laurent. But in terms of square foot, this is somewhat misleading. A quick look at the area for each raises the question… how comparative? The Carlingwood branch has19, 690 square feet, Alta Vista has 15,198 square feet, North Gloucester 14,300, St-Laurent 13,540 and Emerald Plaza 10,528. Only Elmvale Acres comes close to be comparative in square footage at 7,493. Interestingly, Elmvale circulates only 70% of what Rosemount does.

These statistics come from a recent compilation put together by the Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group: tinyurl.com/y93jhjez .

These come from the most recent figures available from the OPL and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. The statistics, accompanied by photos, show how poorly the Rosemount branch compares with other branches in terms of space and service capacity. It also illustrates that our community needs and deserves more and better space for our branch.

Other figures in these informative charts indicate that Rosemount has no publicly available or bookable meeting rooms. Twenty-five of the 32 other branches have at least one or more public meeting rooms. Rosemount has significantly fewer seats with only 31 places to offer to users. There is no teen zone for young adults as is found at other branches.

A mere 7 computer workstations are offered, although interestingly the use of public access computers at Rosemount ranks fifth highest of all OPL branches. In contrast, the comparison branches are abundant; Carlingwood with 21, Alta Vista 18, North Gloucester 17, St-Laurent 14, and Emerald Plaza 12. Even Elmvale Acres, our closest rival in terms of square footage, has double the number than Rosemount at 14 computers. Rosemount hardly seems a library fit for the 21st century.

The OPL and the City have allocated $2 million for renovations to begin in this autumn.But what will this achieve? Hemmed in, with no land and little if any space within the library to expand, the allocated funding seems merely a Band-Aid solution to the real need — more space.

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Photo Caption: Library photos are courtesy of R.E.A.D.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): 6th Annual Borshch Cook-Off on Byron Avenue; Ukrainian Orthodox Church cooks for orphans (on May 6).

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): 6th Annual Borshch Cook-Off on Byron Avenue;
Ukrainian Orthodox Church cooks for orphans (on May 6).

By Olena Stetskevych.

Please come, sample, and enjoy all the different borshch recipes created by our volunteer chefs at the 6th annual “Borshch Cook-Off for the Orphans” to be held at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church located at 1000 Byron Avenue. This charity event raises funds to support the orphans in Kryvyj Rih, Ukraine. It is open to the public and there is no admission fee, but your free-will donation is appreciated. It is a great opportunity to visit with friends, old and new, while supporting a great cause that makes a difference in the lives of these less fortunate children.

To enter the competition or for more information, please contact Iryna at iccrph@gmail.com , Olena at ostetskevych@yahoo.com , or Fr. Ihor at 613-325-3903 .

April 26, 2018: Parkdale Park takeover. Jane’s Walk launches (with a party) on May 3.

April 26, 2018: Parkdale Park takeover.
Jane’s Walk launches (with a party) on May 3.

By Courtney Symons.

Unabridged version.
Spring has finally sprung. It’s the time of year when everyone is excited to escape the confines of their living rooms, breathe in the fresh air, and get outside in their communities again.

With spring comes this year”s edition of Jane’s Walk ” the citizen-led festival of free walking tours honouring urban activist Jane Jacobs, encouraging residents to get out and explore their communities by foot.

Jane’s Walk takes place on May 5 and 6, and will include dozens of walks in both English and French scattered across Ottawa and Gatineau.

This year, Jane’s Walk is kicking things off a little differently. For its launch party, the festival is hosting an inverted walk — a Parkdale Market Park Takeover.

On Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8 PM, Parkdale Park will be overtaken by Jane’s Mob — a collection of storytellers, residents, local experts, and performers, all there to celebrate the Parkdale Park and its history, present, and future.

In this “Choose Your Own Adventure” event, attendees will be given a map of the park outlining various speaker stations on various topics — from stories behind the grand opening of the Parkdale Market, to where and how to date in Hintonburg, to navigating the neighbourhood with a seeing eye dog, to why the area is such a hotspot for breweries. It’s up to you to choose which content you’d like to listen in on.

Between talks, live music performances will fill the park. There will be a scavenger hunt in partnership with Street Art Miniatures, the anonymous artist who has been filling the city with tiny hidden charms. The Ottawa Public Library’s BiblioBike will be there, too. If that isn’t quite enough, plenty of lawn games and art projects will keep you busy.

Perhaps the best part is that this is a free, family-friendly event. There will be complimentary drinks and snacks, and an after party at the Carleton Tavern across the street.

Jane’s Mob is meant to be mayhem of the best variety. A feast for the senses. An opportunity to get out in the springtime, connect with neighbours, and learn about the vibrant history behind the Parkdale Market Park. This landmark public space has woven itself into the fabric of the neighbourhood, and Jane’s Mob is an opportunity to hear different voices tell various stories about just how that came to be.

“We plan to make this our biggest Jane’s Walk ever for Ottawa-Gatineau,” says Leigh Thorpe, who launched Jane’s Walk in this city back in 2008. “This launch event is all about getting close to your city, getting out and observing, meeting your neighbours, and discovering new areas.”

The Jane’s Walk Festival will continue on May 5 and 6, with free walking tours all over the city.

To find out more about Jane’s Mob and the rest of the Jane’s Walk festival, visit http://www.janeswalkottawa.ca , or follow them on Twitter at @JanesWalkOtt .
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April 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

April 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED May 16th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

April 26 – Public Open House, Building Complete Communities. ++++
Thursday April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Good Companion Centre, 670 Albert Street. Discuss with Senior City Staff active development applications (East Flats, New Central Library and NCC lands) in the greater Lebreton Flats area, as well as the broader planning framework for how the area is to evolve over time. Possible discussion items may include parks and recreational space, active transportation, family oriented development, affordable housing, traffic management, urban ecosystem, community connectivity, and height and intensification goals. See our web-extra 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 http://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 http://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 http://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 1 – A Taste of Thailand fundraiser dinner.
The Taste of Thailand fundraiser dinner for KLEO Support Group will be at the Nokham Thai restaurant (747 Richmond Rd.), on May 1 starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $60 and include a $35 tax receipt. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Nancy Maddams at nama108@rogers.com. More details are available at https://facebook.com/KleoOttawa/ .

May 5 – Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club Spring Yard Sale.
Everything under the sun sale: from baking to books, toys to collectors’
items, jewelry, glassware, silent auction and more! Corner of Golden and Byron Avenues in Westboro on Saturday May 5. Gates open at 8 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Refreshments available. For information go to http://Highlandparklawnbowling.ca .

May 6 – 6th Annual Borshch Cook-Off. ++++
Come, sample, enjoy all the different borshch recipes created by our volunteer chefs at the 6th annual “Borshch Cook-Off for the Orphans” at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church located at 1000 Byron Avenue. See our web-extra article in this issue.

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 9 – Introduction to iOS.
Join us for an introduction iOS, the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads, with Dave and Tom, founders of the Bytown Mac User Group. ByMUG has been helping Ottawans using Mac and iOS devices since 2006. Bring your device and follow along. No device? No problem! This informative workshop will cover the basics and much more! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday May 9 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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 12 – Parkdale Food Centre Book Sale.
Rain or Shine! Come by for our 2nd annual PFC Book Sale at 16 Julian Ave. Paperbacks $1 and hardcovers $2. Great selection! Stock up for summer reading! This sale is run by our amazing volunteers and all money raised goes directly to the Parkdale Food Centre. Our Charitable number is 889365003 RR 0001.

May 15 – Wellington Village Community Association AGM.
The Wellington Village Community Association would like to welcome all neighbourhood residents to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday May 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli (1321 Wellington St. W.) A highlight of the evening will be a 15-minute photo presentation from board member and local historian Dave Allston on the history of our “high” street, Wellington Street West. Dave will draw from his vast collection of historical photos and videos and will share his knowledge of the growth of the neighbourhood. The AGM is an excellent opportunity for people to make their views known, and to have input on a range of issues that affect the growing and changing community. The Wellington Village neighbourhood is bordered by Island Park Drive on the west, Scott Street on the north, Holland Avenue on the east and the Queensway on the south. We have more than 1,300 households on our membership list. Some of the issues on our agenda in the coming year include Traffic concerns; infill developments: Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment; and Parks and green spaces. Everyone is welcome. For more information go http://wvca.ca .

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/ .

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 https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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 https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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 https://parkdalefoodcentregala.eventbrite.ca .

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 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: $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:

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 volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca .

Plant Vendors wanted. ++++
Friends of the Farm is seeking Plant Vendors for the May 13 Plant Sale 9a.m. to 1p.m. The annual event that Ottawa Gardeners line up for. Don’t miss it. Neatby Building Parking Lot at Carling and Maple. Information and registration details at 613-230-3276 .

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.

April 26-29 – Ottawa Grassroots Festival. ++++
This annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and spoken word will be held from April 26 through April 29 at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

April 28 – Ottawa Family Cinema.
Saturday April 28th at 2p.m. On the big screen again the beloved family classic! Rare chance to see it! “THE SANDLOT” (G) plus Cartoon (G) and Door Prizes. The Ottawa Family Cinema, Notre Dame Auditorium 710 Broadview Avenue (north of Carling) Ottawa 613 722 8218, http://www.familycinema.ca .

May 3 – Cube Gallery Vernissage. ++++
Thursday, May 3 from 5-9 p.m. “Contrarians”, Artists Peter Fischer and Stuart Kinmond, One is a near-abstract bender of landscapes, the other a careful realist. Combined, their work presents a show of contrarian camaraderie. Cube Gallery, Ottawa, 1285 Wellington St. W. Ottawa K1Y-3A8, 613-728-1750, http://Cubegallery.ca .

May 1 – Gil’s Hootenanny – Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope. ++++
Spirit of Rasputin’s is proud to be a co-presenter of the 9th annual Gil’s Hootenanny on May Day, It’s an energetic sing-along event to celebrate the power of song to change the world. This year’s headliner is singer-songwriter Eve Goldberg, Featured performers are Christine Graves and the Elizabeth Riley Band, and co-hosts are Karen Flanagan McCarthy and Tony Turner. Tuesday May 1 at 7:30 pm at Clark Hall in the RA Centre. $10, kids free.

May 12 – Spirit of Rasputin’s Featured Artists Series. ++++
The Shoe Drops bring the sound of bluegrass to Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. The Shoe Drops will also be talking and singing on CKCU FM’s Canadian Spaces show on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. Opening artist Alex Sinclair is a prolific songwriter; his output includes over 200 satirical songs for CBC Radio and was recently President of Folk Music Ontario. Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, Ottawa Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Tickets $20 at http://rasputins.ca by credit card or PayPal. Some seats may be available for cash at the door, but capacity is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

May 23 – Preview A New Canadian musical. ++++
A Saucy new Canadian musical “Miss Shakespeare” at The Gladstone. Three Sisters Theatre Company, Ottawa’s own indie theatre company dedicated to promoting local opportunities for women in theatre, delights audiences with Miss Shakespeare, a new musical by Kamloops, BC playwright Tracey Power with music co-written with Steve Charles, featuring a powerhouse cast of Ottawa talent including CBC National Triple Sensation II winner, Leah Cogan. After the preview the play opens on Thursday May 24 and runs evenings at 7:30p.m. (no shows Sunday night nor Monday nights) and 2:30p.m. on Saturdays & Sunday, Please visit http://www.threesisterstheatre.ca or http://www.thegladstone.ca for more info.

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 http://www.cantatasingersottawa.ca for more info.

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 http://guidedogs.ca or email events@guidedogs.ca for a hard copy entry form. Andrew Haydon Park is at 3169 Carling Avenue.

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.

June 1 – Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Coming Friday June 1st, World Premiere “Reliving Marilyn” (rated PG). Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca 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.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): How High Can You Go?; Developer aspirations soar to new heights.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): How High Can You Go?;
Developer aspirations soar to new heights.

By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg resident.

How high can you go? Want to be the tallest building in Ottawa? 30 storeys no longer cuts it, nor 50 storeys, nor 59 storeys. Let’s get this race going and try 65 storeys.

This is the newest proposal for a tiny, tiny piece of land across from the new LRT Bayview Station at 900 Albert Street. It is situated between the City Centre buildings to the south, Albert Street to the north, the O-train station to the west and City Centre Avenue to the east.

Workers have been busy moving piles of earth around all winter as they relocate a major sewer line that went through the middle of the property.

This work is in anticipation that the City will approve their request to build a major development on this tiny piece of land. The sewer relocation is being done by developer Trinity Developments at their expense.

On April 13, 2018, a notice was sent out from the Planning Department that Trinity has changed their proposal again and they are now proposing greater height.

The changes are numerous, so the main points are copied from the City’s communique: Summary of Revisions.

Building heights: Tower 1 has increased in height from 55 to 65 storeys; Tower 2 has increased in height from 50 to 52 storeys; Tower 3 has decreased in height from 59 to 32 storeys with a larger floorplate for offices on the first 15 storeys;

A hotel component has been added, with 150 guest rooms;
The number of residential units has decreased from 1,632 to 1,232 units.
The amount of retail GFA has increased from 10,864 square metres to 11,926 square metres; The amount of office GFA has increased from 17,442 square metres to 18,332 square metres;

The parking layout has been revised. Previously five (5) levels of above-grade parking were proposed within the podium, and four (4) levels were proposed underground. The revised plans include seven (7) levels of underground parking and no parking within the podium.

The proposal also states 1,153 parking spaces and 749 bike parking spots.
This newest application can be seen at https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/home.jsf?lang=en where the address to enter is 900 Albert.

How things change over a few years. Fifteen years ago the proposal was for 24 townhouses and 32 condo apartments. Thirteen years ago the proposal for this site was for a new Ottawa library on the first 6-10 storeys with a tower above with 140 residential condominiums and a restaurant, the total height was to be 24 or 25 storeys.

The plan then changed to office and residential use with two 30 storey buildings plus a third 8 storey building.

In 2016 a new owner of the property, Trinity Developments came forward with a new plan that again included a new Ottawa library on the main floor, retail space larger than at Landsdowne Park, some office space and three towers of residential that were 55 storeys high and would contain about 1,500 rental residential units. They also wanted to build overtop of the O-Train line and connect to Albert Street at the edge of Tom Brown Arena. The proposal then changed to three towers that were 59, 55 and 50 storeys.

Will it stop here? 75 storeys anyone?

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Photo Caption: Tall buildings in tiny spaces reflect multiple changes in developer plans as the site at City Centre reaches for new, record heights for Ottawa highrises. This image from the City Hall web site gives a view from the northeast.