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

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

By Dawn Neilly, OPS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Anna Borris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

July 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED August 12th. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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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 September 25, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre. There will be no August Meeting). We also volunteer in the Hintonburg community (Most recently at the Newswest 1K fun run at Parkdale Park on July 15, and at the Local MP’s August 12th Community BBQ.)

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 26, 27, 31 – Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather and enjoy theatre that stands the test of time. Bear & Co. brings you an experience close to the touring companies of four hundred years ago. Bring a cool drink or a full picnic, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the deliciously weird world of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the open air.
BEAR & CO. PARKS TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS IN THE NEWSWEST AREA.

  • Thursday July 26 Glabar Park–Carlingwood,
  • Friday July 27 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Tuesday July 31 Fairmont Park–Civic Hospital,
  • Thursday Aug 2 Carlington Park–Carlington,

Rain policy: We play in Scots weather! The show will go on, unless conditions become unsafe.
All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. outdoors. Bring the family, a picnic and something to sit on! Suggested donation: $20 per person Full schedule at http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .
NOTE! Locations can change, so please check website to confirm before heading to a show.

August 4 – Yoga in the Park.
Join PranaShanti at Parkdale Park (223 Armstrong St. ) every Saturday morning in August for Yoga in the Park from 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. These classes are free for all ages and all levels are welcome. Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summer sunshine, rain or shine. See the article in this issue of Newswest.

August 10 – Eat Together Hintonburg BBQ. ++++
Join your neignbours for a Free BBQ and Street Festival on Rosemount. sponsored by the Parkdale Food Centre, SWCHC, The Merry Dairy and other local businesses.

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

August 18 – Brewery Market at Hintonburg Park.
Expect your standard local favourites, along with some tasty special-edition beers. Hintonburg Park is a grassy oasis-bring a blanket, or your lawn chairs and kick-back for the afternoon. The features a splash pad and playground, so bring the little ones! This event is free, all-ages and runs rain or shine. Proceeds to benefit the Parkdale Food Centre. For information go to http://brewerymarket.com .

August 18-19 – Westboro Fuse Street Festival.
Fuse brings performers, demos, shopping, food, and lots of fun activities for the whole family to the heart of Westboro. Find more information about this community street festival at http://westborofuse.com .

August 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tours. ++++
at 6:30p.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Golden Hour at the Farm. Experience through your camera lens the light of the “Golden Hour,” under the guidance of an award-winning Ottawa photographer. Bring your camera. Free, public welcome. Register online. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

September 1 – Techno Buddies.
Teen volunteers share their knowledge of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. For adults 50+ at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Wednesdays, August 1 to August 15 at 3 p.m. Registration is required. For information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

September 8 – Westboro Beach closing bonfire.
Say goodbye to a great summer at Westboro Beach. Info to come! Follow the Westboro Beach Community Association Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/Westboro.Beach.Community/ ) for updates.

September 8 – Research Open House and Bug Day, ++++
at the Central Experimental Farm 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Friends of the Farm Volunteers assist researchers in greeting the public at the Research Greenhouses. Two free educational events for all ages. Demonstrations, collections, live interactive insect zoo and more. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/event/ordc-open-house-bug-day/ for more info.

September 10 – Folk Song Circle.
Beginning September 10 and meeting once a month, Folk Song Circle is an opportunity to get together and sing your favourite soft pop songs from the 50’s-80’s, Celtic, and other folk music at the at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Bring a copy of “Rise Up Singing” if you have one. Song leaders from Churchill Seniors’ Center Song Circle will lead this program. Mondays from September 10 to June 10, 2019. Drop-in from 2-4 p.m. For information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

September 15 – Taste of Wellington.
TASTE of Wellington West is back! Kitchissippi’s favourite local food festival is September 15. And this year it’s bigger, greener, and more community minded than ever – with all proceeds to Parkdale Food Centre. Try TASTE Plate samples from restaurants and food shops across Hintonburg and Wellington Village starting at 1 p.m. There’s also an all day sidewalk sale, performers, G.T. Express KID Zone, a family movie night at Parkdale Park with Pixar’s Ratatouille, a fall “Prix Fixe” menu promotion and more! See http://wellingtonwest.ca/taste for details.

September 15 – Family Movie Night.
The third movie in this year’s Wellington West Pop-Up Cinema Series is coming to Parkdale Park on September 15 as part of TASTE of Wellington. Presented by the Wellington West BIA in partnership with Mizrahi Developments and Capital Pop-Up Cinema, the food-themed, family-favourite Ratatouille (G) is sure to offer an entertaining evening under the stars. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

September 22 – River Parkway Children’s Centre’s 50th Anniversary.
Since 1968, RPCC has been a warm, nurturing environment where children develop creativity, independence, co-operation and discover the joy of learning. That calls for a celebration! We are inviting the community to join us for music, face-painting, centre tours, sandwiches, cake and more on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are nestled on the campus of First Unitarian Congregation 40 Cleary Ave. Feel free to visit our website at http://riverparkwaychildrenscentre.ca . Please RSVP to director@rpcc-rhcc.com .

September 27 – Carlingwood Film Club.
Carlingwood Film Club begins September 27! Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-club-style chat about film and cinematography! Last Thursday of the month (September to November, then March to May) at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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

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

Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca for more info.

Westboro Supper Club is looking for members.
Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at westborosupperclub@icloud.com so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed!
OWCS has openings for volunteers to help on our Shopping Buses. Shopping Bus volunteers work with the OWCS Driver to assist client in the store and to carry groceries into their homes. For more information please email info@owcs.ca or call 613-728-6016 .

Spirit of Rasputin’s Open Stage. ++++
Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company [Ed: BTW the Vimy Brewing Company happen to help support Newswest, so our thanks to them too.].
Also: Spirit of Rasputin’s members Jay Kassirer and Rita Finnigan are happy to announce a series of Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) musical events at the Britannia Coffeehouse (with its adjacent ice cream shop The Beachconers) at 273 Britannia Rd. They’ll take place at 1:00 pm and there’s no cover charge. http://www.cullbridge.com/music.html .

Musicians and singers: An opportunity to help. ++++
Hospice Care Ottawa offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services with no charge to clients or their families. Their Day Hospice service provides a day out in a warm and friendly environment at three sites in the city. Volunteer musicians or singers who could entertain hospice clients would be very welcome. If this interests you, or if you know someone who might be interested, you can contact volunteer.services@hospicecareottawa.ca .

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis starting in the Fall. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday and Sunday Pool.
Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

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). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see http://abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop-in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $2.00 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
A Call for Volunteers to help with this service is currently in effect (see Notice above).
For Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping. For only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9a.m., picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets. For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 ( and read their article in Newswest On-line ).

Ottawa Tool Library – Shop Night. ++++
Every first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. come book our benches to grind away at your projects with tools from our library. Book on line at http://www.ottawatoollibrary.com and then come to your bench for the might in Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216 (upper level). Just $5 for members and free for members 55 or older, with lots of parking.

Ottawa Tool Library – Community and Demo night. ++++
Connect and chat with other makers around Ottawa at our tool library. Learn and observe with live demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. on topics such as Bikes, Gardening, Carpentry, Painting, Canning, Wiring etc. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit providing endless opportunities to create, garden and cook. Located in Makerspace north, 250 City Centre Avenue in Bay 216 (upper level), we are open Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Twitter and Facebook, @yowtoollibrary.

Bytown Swing. ++++
Come dance Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing with us on Saturday nights in Ottawa. Grab a pair of indoor shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Non-profit, holds a dance every Saturday at Studio X, 122-250 City Center Avenue ( 3 minute walk from the Bayview Transitway stop ). Parking available. Beginner lessons start at 8:15 p.m., DJ’d social dancing starts at 9:00 p.m. Cost is just $7 cash at the door and $5 for students and seniors.
Starting in 2017 there will be no more bi-weekly dances: we’re moving to one-off Lindy Hop events like bar nights, pop-up dances, and special live band events. The Westie Underground will be hosting bi-weekly WCS dances under a new name. Stay tuned for future announcements on dates and details! See http://bytownswing.com or https://www.facebook.com/bytownswing/ .

Friends of the Farm’s new book ‘Blooms’ ++++
Is about the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm A wonderful gift for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian history. Friends of the Farm has several books now available for purchase highlighting Ottawa’s Farm, Ornamental Gardens, and Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. By local authors, they are for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian horticultural history. Available at http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ and local bookstores.

Friends of the Farm’s “Join Us”. ++++
Join the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.
The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.
Become a member today and support the Friends’ mission to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Membership benefits include free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/

Your Community Associations.
For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites.

Champlain Park Community Association
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:

August 8 – Samba in the Park. CANCELED.
So, how are your Samba chops? It’s coming up soon – Samba in the Park. August 8th – McCormick Park in Hintonburg, after supper at 7:30p.m. til just about the young one’s bedtime (8:30p.m.).

September 10 – Ardbrae Scottish Country Dance.
For FUN, FITNESS and FRIENDSHIP try country dancing, Scottish style. The Ardbrae Scottish Country Dancers of Ottawa Introductory Welcome Class takes place Monday September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Churchill Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), and classes continue every Monday through May 2019. Come and see what Scottish Country Dance is all about! The best time to start is in September but new dancers are welcome to join at any time. You don’t need to be Scottish to recognize Scottish Country Dancing is good value for your money, good for your health, and great for making new friends! First three classes are free! Scottish Country Dancing is a lively social form of dance done in groups of eight. People of all ages and nationalities enjoy Scottish Country Dancing worldwide. The music is lively and adds to the exhilaration of the dance. You don’t have to be a Scot; you don’t have to bring a partner and you don’t have to wear a kilt! Just wear comfortable clothing and bring soft-soled shoes. Come to a class, or drop by one of our socials to watch the fun! For more information go to http://ardbrae.org or email ardbraedancers@gmail.com.

July 26, 2018: Yoga in the Park (July to August); Fresh air, sunshine and peaceful exercise.

This is an advance preview of a soon to be published print article.
July 26, 2018: Yoga in the Park (July to August);
Fresh air, sunshine and peaceful exercise.

By Devinder Kaur, Director, PranaShanti Yoga Centre

Ottawa’s Yoga in the Park, kicked off its second year on Saturday July 7, in Parkdale Park just behind the Parkdale Market. The goal of this series is to have the community come out and practice yoga together. Whether you are an absolute beginner interested only in seeing what yoga is all about, or a seasoned yoga practitioner, you are welcome to join us for an hour of peace and tranquility each Saturday morning with your neighbours and perhaps some friends you haven’t met yet.

As a Yoga Teacher and organizer for the line up of teachers for this year’s Yoga in the Park series, I can confidently say, based on the popularity of last year’s successes, that if our first weekend’s turnout is any indication of how the season will unfold, we can expect to have well over 100 participants each Saturday for the remaining 7 weeks.

This series of FREE yoga classes is being offered every Saturday in July and August, come rain or shine, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am. The series is presented by the Parkdale Pops and is also sponsored by a number of community-minded organizations and businesses which include the Hintonburg Community Association, the City of Ottawa, PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Wellington West Business Improvement Area, Hintonburger, Exit Excel Realty, Cyclelogik, Happy Goat Coffee, Merge Printing and the Hintonburg Public House.

Bernard Prevost who attended the first class of our 2018 series, commented, “It was a beautiful practice with a great crowd. Wonderful easy breezy weather teacher attitude with a yoga practice for the Radiant body. What a great way to start the weekend. Then off to the stands for fresh vegetables. Marvelous community and spirit!”

The classes are definitely growing in size and popularity, and the outdoor sessions are unique in their atmosphere, which is highlighted by the Parkdale Market being just a few feet away.

Overall, Yoga in the Park has been a hit with area residents. Yoga in the Park will be conducted every Saturday through August 25, 2018. The classes are open to all levels and are FREE. Everyone is welcome.

For the most satisfying experience possible, participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to get set up. You are encouraged also, to bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket, and to dress in comfortable clothing in which you can move about easily. As with all activity in the outdoors it is wise to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

Parkdale Park, Hintonburg – 223 Armstrong St., Ottawa, ON.

Schedule and Instructors:

    July 7: All Levels Yoga (Devinder Kaur),

  • July 14: Gentle Yoga (María Figueroa),
  • July 21: Beginner Yoga (Barbara Long),
  • July 28: Intermediate Yoga (Philippe Landel),
  • August 4: All Levels Yoga (Stephanie Turple),
  • August 11: Gentle Yoga (Barbara Long),
  • August 18: Beginner Yoga (Gitanjali A-Hutcheon),
  • August 25: Intermediate Yoga (Stéphane Ippersiel),

Devinder Kaur is the founding director of the PranaShanti Yoga Centre located in Hintonburg at 52 Armstrong Street. Accessible online at http://PranaShanti.com , and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Photo Caption: Devinder Kaur of PranaShanti Yoga Centre leads the first of 8 Yoga sessions in Parkdale Park on July 7th. A group of community businesses join with the City of Ottawa in sponsoring a summer of FREE 1-hour Yoga sessions in the park, Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. from July 7 until August 25. Photo by Larry Hudon.



Devinder Kaur, Lead Trainer
Director PranaShanti Yoga Centre
613-761-9642 (YOGA)
www.pranashanti.com .

“Our intention is to provide an oasis in the city. Slip through our doors and feel an ease in the air. A home that heals your body, calms the mind and strengthens the spirit.”
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Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED July 18th. 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 July 24, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.) We also volunteer in the Hintonburg community (Newswest 1K fun run at Parkdale Park July 15, and an August 12th BBQ is in the planning stage.)

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 12, 13, 19, 26, 27, 31 – Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather and enjoy theatre that stands the test of time. Bear & Co. brings you an experience close to the touring companies of four hundred years ago. Bring a cool drink or a full picnic, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the deliciously weird world of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the open air.
BEAR & CO. PARKS TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS IN THE NEWSWEST AREA.

  • Thursday July 12 Westboro Beach–Westboro,
  • Friday July 13 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Thursday July 19 Clare Gardens Park–Westboro,
  • Thursday July 26 Glabar Park–Carlingwood,
  • Friday July 27 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre),
  • Tuesday July 31 Fairmont Park–Civic Hospital,
  • Thursday Aug 2 Carlington Park–Carlington,

Rain policy: We play in Scots weather! The show will go on, unless conditions become unsafe.
All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. outdoors. Bring the family, a picnic and something to sit on! Suggested donation: $20 per person Full schedule at http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .
NOTE! Locations can change, so please check website to confirm before heading to a show.

July 14 – Raspberry Pi Teen Programming Workshop.
FIRST Robotics Team 2706 will teach you how to program a robot driven by a Raspberry Pi mini computer at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday July 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 12, 14 & 20 – 3 Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Thursday July 12 at 3:30p.m. Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree Tour at 3:30pm Bldg 72, Arboretum. The Ottawa Valley Section of the CIF’s AGM will be followed by a tree tour. Free, open to the public. Saturday July 14 at 8p.m. “Got Bats?”. Learn about Ottawa’s bat species and tips to encourage their survival. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. Friday July 20 at 8:30p.m. “A Night With the Moths”. Learn about the nightlife of moths and their diversity. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. 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 15 – Hintonburg 5k/Newswest 1k Race. ++++
Race Day Volunteers are still needed. The annual Hintonburg 5k/1k Race is taking place on Sunday, July 15th. To register for the race visit http://www.hintonburg5k.ca. Please call Lisa Geoges 613-883-4776 if you have any questions. If you are planning on watching the event (8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) please consider staffing an intersection barricade. Email: hintonburg5k AT gmail DOT com to sign-up to volunteer. Streets affected by the race include; West-East: Gould, Garrison, Spencer, Bullman, Ladouceur, O’Meara and North-South: Western, Hinton Ave. N., Hamilton, Forward, Hinchey, Bayview. Several intersections will be controlled by Police to facilitate traffic. Intersections will re-open as soon as the last participant has gone past (traffic restored at Western end first).

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.

August 18-19 – Westboro Fuse Street Festival.
Fuse brings performers, demos, shopping, food, and lots of fun activities for the whole family to the heart of Westboro. Find more information about this community street festival at http://westborofuse.com .

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

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

Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca for more info.

Westboro Supper Club is looking for members.
Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at westborosupperclub@icloud.com so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed!
OWCS has openings for volunteers to help on our Shopping Buses. Shopping Bus volunteers work with the OWCS Driver to assist client in the store and to carry groceries into their homes. For more information please email info@owcs.ca or call 613-728-6016 .

Spirit of Rasputin’s Open Stage. ++++
Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company.

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis starting in the Fall. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday and Sunday Pool.
Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

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). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see http://abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop-in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $2.00 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
A Call for Volunteers to help with this service is currently in effect (see Notice above).
For Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping. For only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9a.m., picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets. For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 ( and read their article in Newswest On-line ).

Ottawa Tool Library – Shop Night. ++++
Every first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. come book our benches to grind away at your projects with tools from our library. Book on line at http://www.ottawatoollibrary.com and then come to your bench for the might in Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216 (upper level). Just $5 for members and free for members 55 or older, with lots of parking.

Ottawa Tool Library – Community and Demo night. ++++
Connect and chat with other makers around Ottawa at our tool library. Learn and observe with live demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. on topics such as Bikes, Gardening, Carpentry, Painting, Canning, Wiring etc. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit providing endless opportunities to create, garden and cook. Located in Makerspace north, 250 City Centre Avenue in Bay 216 (upper level), we are open Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Twitter and Facebook, @yowtoollibrary.

Bytown Swing. ++++
Come dance Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing with us on Saturday nights in Ottawa. Grab a pair of indoor shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Non-profit, holds a dance every Saturday at Studio X, 122-250 City Center Avenue ( 3 minute walk from the Bayview Transitway stop ). Parking available. Beginner lessons start at 8:15 p.m., DJ’d social dancing starts at 9:00 p.m. Cost is just $7 cash at the door and $5 for students and seniors.
Starting in 2017 there will be no more bi-weekly dances: we’re moving to one-off Lindy Hop events like bar nights, pop-up dances, and special live band events. The Westie Underground will be hosting bi-weekly WCS dances under a new name. Stay tuned for future announcements on dates and details! See http://bytownswing.com or https://www.facebook.com/bytownswing/ .

Friends of the Farm’s new book ‘Blooms’ ++++
Is about the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm A wonderful gift for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian history. Friends of the Farm has several books now available for purchase highlighting Ottawa’s Farm, Ornamental Gardens, and Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. By local authors, they are for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian horticultural history. Available at http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ and local bookstores.

Friends of the Farm’s “Join Us”. ++++
Join the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.
The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.
Become a member today and support the Friends’ mission to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Membership benefits include free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/

Your Community Associations.
For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites.

Champlain Park Community Association
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:

July 19 – Vernissage ++++
at the cube Gallery. Thursday, July 19, 6 to 9 p.m. 1285 Wellington St. W. 613-728-1750 . Three friends (MaryAnn Camps, Ruth Dick and Don Monet) explore the edges of photography. “The Riparians” show continues from July 17 – August 5, 2018, visit http://Cubegallery.ca for more details.

August 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tours. ++++
at 6:30p.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Golden Hour at the Farm. Experience through your camera lens the light of the “Golden Hour,” under the guidance of an award-winning Ottawa photographer. Bring your camera. Free, public welcome. Register online. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

September 8 – Research Open House and Bug Day, ++++
at the Central Experimental Farm 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Friends of the Farm Volunteers assist researchers in greeting the public at the Research Greenhouses. Two free educational events for all ages. Demonstrations, collections, live interactive insect zoo and more. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/event/ordc-open-house-bug-day/ for more info.

September 22 – River Parkway Children’s Centre’s 50th Anniversary.
Since 1968, RPCC has been a warm, nurturing environment where children develop creativity, independence, co-operation and discover the joy of learning. That calls for a celebration! We are inviting the community to join us for music, face-painting, centre tours, sandwiches, cake and more on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are nestled on the campus of First Unitarian Congregation 40 Cleary Ave. Feel free to visit our website at http://riverparkwaychildrenscentre.ca . Please RSVP to director@rpcc-rhcc.com .

Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Tree Action Now; New Website Brings Together Local Greenspace Interests.

Web-extra (July 12, 2018): Tree Action Now;
New Website Brings Together Local Greenspace Interests.

By Debra Huron.

This new website [ https://yowelection2018.wixsite.com/trees ], sponsored by Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES), BIG TREES of Kitchissippi, the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital and Ecology Ottawa, offers you a chance to take 3 strategic actions:

  1. Use the Lost Trees of Ottawa site to map trees lost to natural or human causes, and share a photograph or personal memory of the lost tree. Also, share the map with your neighbours, friends and community groups in person, by email and on social media.
  2. If you agree with our recommendations to Amend the Bylaw, please call or write city politicians and staff to say so. To date, 22 Community Associations, the University of Ottawa Biology Department and 7 environmental NGOS have signed on. During the next term of Council changes to the bylaw will come to a vote. The more politicians hear the voices of citizens like you, the more likely they are to agree that these recommendations are crucial.
  3. Ottawa is blessed with many active neighbourhood and virtual communities. Join one or more to contribute to the debate on why the loss Ottawa’s urban forest has reached crisis proportions, and should be high on the municipal election agenda. When is election day? October 22, 2018 .

Please feel free to share the website and the map for Lost Trees of Ottawa with your friends, neighbours, community associations and enviro group…and on social media, websites and by word of mouth.

from: Debra Huron and…

Daniel Buckles,
Co-Chair, Environment Committee,
Champlain Park Community Association,
https://urbanforestgreenspaces.wordpress.com/ .

Animator
Champlain Oaks project,
http://www.champlainoaks.com .

Big Trees of Kitchissippi,
https://bigtreeskitch.wixsite.com/trees .

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!; Community Partners Sought.

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!;
Community Partners Sought.

A Newswest Sponsorship Challenge.

When Facebook first started, it developed an audience base by providing services free of charge, only later going to the financial markets to “cash in” on billions of dollars of built up value. Newswest is now looking to take a page from Mark Zuckerberg’s playbook, but with a more modest revenue goal – sponsorship support totalling $750 per month.

Since 2003, Newswest has been distributed free of charge as a “paper-within-a-paper” by The Kitchissippi Times, under an agreement that Newswest not compete for advertising revenue.

To cover NW’s budget, KT has absorbed publishing and distribution costs, and has generously provided a stipend to offset other operating expenses.

With recent changes to the community newspaper environment initiated by PostMedia and Metroland however, The Kitchissippi Times has been obliged to redesign its publication and distribution systems and to reduce its publication schedule from biweekly to monthly.

Through these changes, KT has continued with its agreement to publish and distribute four pages monthly of community content under the Newswest banner – with an added stipulation that Newswest raise its own operating funds through community sponsorship.

Our all-volunteer Newswest Board has eagerly taken up this challenge. We are proud to welcome and thank our very first sponsors: the craft breweries of Kitchissippi – Beyond the Pale, Tooth & Nail, and Vimy, together with the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Wellington Barbershop and Kelly and Kerry Royal Lepage Realty.

To continue to be successful we must “cash in” on the value you, our supporters and readers receive from Newswest’s continuing monthly publication.

Without your sponsorship, Newswest would not be sustainable despite the continued support of The Kitchissippi Times. If you enjoy reading about our Kitchissippi neighbourhoods, their present, past and future, please consider pledging an amount by contacting Newswest online at: editor@newswest.org .

Through our paper-within-a-paper, the people in our ‘community of neighbourhoods’ will continue to be informed, alerted, advised and inspired. We need your support.
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Photo Caption: How to find some of our sponsors.