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 .
Photo Caption: Images from the Jane’s walk website.

April 26, 2018: Little Kids in a Big World; Adventures in distant neighbourhoods.

April 26, 2018: Little Kids in a Big World;
Adventures in distant neighbourhoods.

By Anna Borris.

Once in a while back in the 1950s, the invitation from my Aunt Eileen over on Hilson Avenue would come to invite me to a weekend sleepover with my four cousins. Time spent at their house never failed to fill me with delightful anticipation for days in advance. At 7, I was the same age as their oldest daughter, Sandra. There were two boys, crabby Eric, six, and happy-go-lucky David, four, and the baby girl Anne Marie who was just a year old.

Their house was always lively, noisy and very busy. Meals often consisted of foods that were modern and quick to prepare. Catelli dinner was on the lunch menu, frequently followed by Royal Instant Pudding in my favourite flavour, butterscotch. These delicious meals were only occasionally prepared at my house. With no babies at home, my mom had time to prepare more traditional meals.

Anne Marie took up a great deal of my aunt’s time, leaving the rest of us free to play outdoors for hours. Two seven-year-olds were plenty old enough to look after the little kids, and to walk them to the store at Clare and Kirkwood for some candy shopping. Normally that was a fine idea, but every now and then someone would go missing for a while.

“Where’s David?” hollered Aunt Eileen out the window one summer morning as three of us were playing in the yard. We glanced around and shrugged our shoulders. “Well, go look for him,” she yelled. We searched the front and back yards, and looked around the next door neighbours’ houses on both sides and across the street. Just then we spotted four-year-old David ambling home from a house two doors away with his usual happy grin.

“Where were you?” asked Sandra. “Mom told us to look for you…”

“I was helping Mrs Kelly hang out the clothes,” David explained as he scampered into the house. He was such a cheery, sweet child that no one could stay mad at him for more than a minute.

Eric disappeared one day just as we were called in for supper. We hadn’t noticed him leaving, and did a quick search around the yard. When we shouted his name, we could hear muffled cries coming from somewhere underground. Moments later, Eric came crawling out of the culvert which ran under the laneway. He was covered in dust and dead leaves, and was triumphantly holding something in his fist. Someone had thrown marbles into the culvert and Eric came out with a handful, feeling as though he had won a prize. His wide smile turned into a scowl when he learned that he had to have a bath before dinner.

After our dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and hateful peas, we gathered in the living room where my uncle Paul would read us a story. This was always controversial since we all had our favourites. Eric loved “Good Night Little Bear” and David always stuck up for his brother’s choice. Sandra’s pick was a book about “Punkinhead” a wooly-haired little bear who winds up in Santa’s Christmas parade. Punkinhead was a mascot of the Eaton’s store and Uncle Paul would try to imitate his voice when he read us the story.

After storytime, we’d all tumble into our beds where after a good deal of whispering, giggling and warnings from downstairs, we all fell asleep, dreaming about the next day’s explorations and adventures in this exotic, far-off neighbourhood, blocks away from my house.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth; A note from Newswest’s editor.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth;
A note from Newswest’s editor.

By Tim Thibeault, editor@newswest.org .

Recent changes in the landscape of print journalism in Ottawa have closed many community newspapers and caused others to adapt quickly. Newswest is proud of our 40 year history and particularly proud of our last fourteen years as the volunteer community “paper within a paper,” in partnership with Kitchissippi Times.

We congratulate the Kitchissippi Times team for skillful way they have met the challenges required to continue serving our community.

This is our inaugural print edition within the newly formatted KT. The size is new, the look is new, the delivery system (Canada Post) is new, but the focus is the same… reporting on the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of issues and events relevant to our Kitchissippi families, friends and neighbours.

We are also broadening our online presence. On our web sites, newswest.org and newswestblog.wordpress.com, readers will find all of our regular articles plus a growing number of exclusive “Web Extras.”

Let us know your thoughts. We listen carefully because we know that feedback is what holds communities together and keeps good things growing.

The gold KT distribution box on the corner will remain a reliable source of both The Kitchissippi Times and Newswest, as always.

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 .

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

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Hintonburg Community Association

Hampton-Iona Community Group

Island Park Community Association

McKellar Park Community Association

Mechanicsville Community Association

Wellington Village Community Association

Westboro Beach Community Association

Westboro Community Association

Late Additions:

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?

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.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): Development Plans to Be Made Clear; City plans information presentation.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): Development Plans to Be Made Clear;
City plans information presentation.

~Public Service Announcement from HEDC.

Thursday April 26, 2018,
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.,
Good Companion Centre,
670 Albert Street.

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development staff will provide a brief presentation on City of Ottawa planning framework including relevant policies and transportation goals. The date is Thursday April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Active Development Applications in the area will have display boards with project details and team members available to take comments and questions, including;

  • 900 Albert: Proposed mixed-use development with three high-rise towers reaching 32, 52 and 65 storeys offering a range of commercial/retails uses and a mix of residential dwelling units (approx.. 1,200 units).
  • 557-587 Wellington: Proposal including the new Central Library and a mixed-use development concept with building heights up to 25 storeys.
  • 301, 324 Lett and 133 Booth: Proposal known as Claridge East Flats for a development concept of five high-rise mixed-use buildings ranging in height from 25 to 45 storeys, with approximately 1950 residential dwelling units.

Details are also available at: http://catherinemckenney.ca/en/planning-applications/ and at: http://catherinemckenney.ca/event/public-open-house-building-complete-communities/ .