Web-extra (October 3, 2018): Weeks after the Tornadoes; Local Wellington Businesses Will Need your Patronage.

Web-extra (October 3, 2018): Weeks after the Tornadoes;
Local Wellington Businesses Will Need your Patronage.

Many foodie shops and restaurants lost large quantities of perishable food a day or more after the storm of this century knocked out power (for much more than a day). As they restock they need your business to get them through the end of a difficult year. So do what you can when and where to ensure the variety of foodstuff we have in walking distance does not disappear this year.

( Visit https://wellingtonwest.ca/after-the-storm-shop-local-to-support-businesses-wellington-west/ for some examples in our area.)

And please don’t forget the Parkdale Food Centre this Thanksgiving ( http://parkdalefoodcentre.ca/donate/ ).

September 27, 2018: Prairie Poet in the Spotlight; Joni Mitchell tribute at the Gladstone (on October 17th to 27th).

September 27, 2018: Prairie Poet in the Spotlight;
Joni Mitchell tribute at the Gladstone (on October 17th to 27th).

By Bear & Co.

Hot on the heels of the smash-hit tribute to Leonard Cohen, Bear & Co. returns to pay joyous homage to another Canadian giant. “This Flight Tonight: Songs of Joni Mitchell”, plays at The Gladstone theatre from Wednesday October 17 (preview) through Saturday October 27.

“We are over the moon to have the opportunity to showcase Joni Mitchell’s gorgeous music and incredible poetry,” says core Bear artist, and Kitchissippian, Rachel Eugster, one of the show’s creators.

Once again, Eugster will join Pierre Brault, Robin Guy, and Scott Richardson in a production directed by Eleanor Crowder. Just as they did in last fall’s No Way to Say Goodbye: Songs of Leonard Cohen, the quartet of singers will pass a range of instruments from hand to hand, including guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, flute, accordion, and a variety of percussion instruments.

“With Joni Mitchell, there is always the painter’s hand in the music,” says director Crowder. “Expanding the musical palette we used for our Cohen show allows us to play with even more aural colours, much as Mitchell has done not only in her songs, but also on her canvasses.”

Using men’s voices as well as women’s furthers this. One question embedded deep in Mitchell’s work is how to live in a world that doesn’t support independent feminists. But unless men are included in the conversation, society will never grope its way to an answer. Furthermore, having a full vocal range, from Cohen-esque depths to a Mitchell-esque heights, in a line-up of solos, duets, and ensemble pieces allows the team to celebrate the songs with a wide range of vocal colours and shades, creating a “rainbow on the wall” of Mitchell’s major hits and hidden gems. Thus, the company will invite you to skate away with them for this spellbinding tribute to the soaring vocals, incisive vision, humour, wit, and bracing singularity of this uncompromising artist.

And again this year, Bear is inviting local choirs to get involved, offering them discount tickets and asking them to rise in their seats to sing along to the choruses of a couple of the songs. They will also be invited to advertise an upcoming concert on a choir board in the lobby. Bear was thrilled by the number of choirs who chose to join in the Cohen tribute last year, and is hoping even more choirs will participate this time. Email bearandcompanytheatre@gmail.com for more information.

Don’t miss the chance to help honour the Canadian genius whom Rolling Stone hails as “one of the greatest poets in 20th-century music—a visionary talent of achingly candid lyrics, fleet guitar lines and stirringly elegant vocals.” Gaze up with us at the Prairie sky as Joni Mitchell’s blaze of creative brilliance warms your heart.

The Gladstone Theatre is at 910 Gladstone Avenue. Tickets (with discounts for seniors, students, artists, and the unwaged) are available at http://www.thegladstone.ca/this-flight-tonight-songs-of-joni-mitchell/ , or through the box office at 613-233-4523 . For more information about Bear & Co., please visit http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .

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Photo Caption: Following a highly-successful stage presentation of the music of Leonard Cohen, Bear and Company cast (from left) Rachel Eugster, Scott Richardson, Robin Guy, and Pierre Brault, invite local choir participation as they bring the songs of Joni Mitchell to the Gladstone Theatre, October 17 – 27. Photo by Andrew Alexander Photography.

September 27, 2018: Social Club Abuzz with Activity; Ottawa Newcomers Club.

September 27, 2018: Social Club Abuzz with Activity;
Ottawa Newcomers Club.

By Cathy Stapleton.

“Welcome to Ottawa” is the message our group, the Ottawa Newcomers Club, gives to women new to Ottawa within the past two years. We provide a safe and supportive peer group for people wanting to explore their new city and make new friends at the same time. We also include those women who find themselves in a change of life circumstances, such as retirement, widowhood or divorce.

We have a slate of regular activities each month. Our current activities include monthly lunches and potlucks, a book club, bridge, Mah Jongg, and scrabble get togethers, art tours, walking groups, a craft and chat group, dinners out, movie nights and “Out and About”s where we visit local places of interest.

Membership costs $30 a year. Once you join you will receive our monthly newsletter and you can sign up for any of our activities. We then send out a list of those attending for carpooling purposes, thinking it is more fun to ride to an event with new friends than on your own.

If you want to know more about Ottawa Newcomers Club, check us out at: http://www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca and/or contact us at: newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com to request an application form. We look forward to meeting you!

My Story

My name is Cathy and I am writing because I think you may know of someone from your family, neighbourhood, or workplace who could benefit from our Club.

When I moved here in November of 2014 I had a broken ankle. After sitting in the apartment for two months I was so glad to see a small notice in a local paper about this social club. Even though I had a bad cold, I went to my first activity. After two hours I knew I had made the right choice. The women I met in this group have become very dear friends of mine.

I am going to back up now and tell you about my life before Ottawa. I am married with two daughters. I worked as a Church Administrator for 14+ years. I worked, worshiped, socialized all through the church.

When my husband and I arrived, I wondered what was I going to do? I realized that I had a lot of friends, back ‘home’ however I only socialized with them at church events. My friends that I socialized with away from these events are less than you can count of one hand.

After six months with the Ottawa Newcomers Club, I was asked to convene one of the social groups, then I asked if I could start another group with a different interest. I convened these two groups for two years. I now sit on the Board of Directors. Members can be as busy as they like with this club.

I now worry that in two years when we move back out west, that I am going to miss more friends than you can count on both hands!

If you’re a woman who is new to Ottawa or has just experienced a major change in your life circumstances, I highly encourage you to join our group. Send us an email at: newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com . We look forward to meeting you.

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Photo Caption: Not restricted to any one area of interest or of the city, the Newcomers Club of Ottawa includes exploration among its many activities. Here, members explore the NCC’s Stony Swamp Beaver Trail. Pictured are Sandi Stalder, Allen Dobson, Karin Dobson, Krista Pressey, Ruth Gray-Beauchamp, and Maureen Pomphrey. Photo by Cathy Stapleton.

September 27, 2018: Rosemount Library Consultations; Community participation encouraged.

September 27, 2018: Rosemount Library Consultations;
Community participation encouraged.

By Josh Nutt, Chair R.E.A.D..

Rosemount branch is undergoing revitalization and community input is key to the success of the project. There will be three main opportunities for the public to share their thoughts:

1. Have your say:
Complete the OPL preliminary online survey at tinyurl.com/ycebkth4 .

This survey will help the library and architects understand how visitors use Rosemount and understand visitors’ opinions regarding heritage, architecture, layout, accessibility, technology, size, and the overall use and function of the building.

2. OPEN HOUSE:
Attend the Open House on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6 to 8 pm. The Open House will take place at the Rosemount branch, 18 Rosemount Ave.

At the Open House, the public can meet with the architectural team (+VG) leading the revitalization to learn more about the project scope and potential options for the building layout and design. Come share your thoughts and ideas. The Open House is a drop-in format.

Can’t make it to the Open House? For anyone who can’t make it to the Open House, a version of the presented materials as well as options to provide feedback will be available online. Please check the OPL website, tinyurl.com/yb5ervul on October 4, 2018.

3. INPUT ON DESIGN:
Provide the Library with input on the design concept beginning in December 2018. This second round of consultations will build on the results of the Open House. Check out the OPL’s website in December for more details.

And of course you can always contact your local City Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward #15.

September 27, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Meet the Central West CPO.

September 27, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Meet the Central West CPO.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

Now that we’ve hopefully got the kids safely off to school, I thought I’d take the opportunity with this issue to explain a little bit about my role as a Community Police Officer (CPO) as most of you will only know me through this paper.

You may never have to call 911 to ask for the services of a police officer – that’s good! – but it doesn’t hurt to know that there’s an officer available to help with non-emergency issues that might crop up from time to time. And that would be me, Cst. Dawn Neilly, if you live in the area served by this paper.

My responsibility extends from Old train tracks at Somerset Bridge to Churchill Avenue and from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue plus a bump on the other side of Carling around the Merivale and Caldwell area.

Central West, as it’s called, is a high-density area with the full range of diversity and socio-economic levels represented. My job requires me to engage with all residents as needed. This includes attending community events to reach out to kids and their parents; meetings with community safety groups; working with various organizations/community partners, such as the councillor’s office, the food bank, community health centres, and so on, to resolve ongoing community issues that require police oversight, such as problem addresses, drugs and theft.

In addition to dealing with systemic problems in the community as a whole, I am available to help with issues involving individuals such as in ongoing neighbour disputes. The key word here is “ongoing”. As a CPO, I keep regular hours from Monday to Friday, working out of the Hintonburg Community Centre, carrying out tasks as outlined above, so I am not in the best position to respond to incidents when they happen, that should be a call to the Ottawa Police for a patrol officer to attend. If needed, I can follow up to help mediate the dispute.

Working with a group of dedicated volunteers, I can reach out to the community to promote safety and security at home and in the community. My contact with the community at large is through this regular Newswest spot and an online Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin. You can sign up to receive this by emailing wellingtoncpc@gmail.com to subscribe. And you’re always welcome to visit our office to discuss a specific situation, or give me a call at 613-236-1222, ext. 5871. See you around.

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Photo Caption: Cst Dawn Neilly at a Parkdale Park Summer celebration. Along with regular police duties, Cst Neilly often attends community events in neighbourhoods throughout her working area. Photo by T. Hairbach.

September 27, 2018: Autumn Souvenirs; Roller skates and burning leaves.

September 27, 2018: Autumn Souvenirs;
Roller skates and burning leaves.

By Anna Borris.

As I was poking around in our basement one autumn Sunday, my old roller skates caught my eye. They hadn’t been used since May and inspired a sudden urge to go skating, even though my unfinished grade six math homework hovered on my radar. That morning I had completed only half of the required problems, and put the rest off until after supper. I looked around, found the metal key, and brought the skates outside.

Sitting on the front steps I attached the skates to my shoes, did up the leather straps, and set off down the sidewalk toward Karen’s house. Having forgotten how heavy and clunky roller skates were, it took a few minutes to remember how to propel myself forward.

Karen was home and we decided to skate to Fisher park, a few blocks away. She attached her skates, and we wobbled off down the street. Sidewalk cracks were one obstacle but the downhill slopes, even the gentle ones, were worse.

We weren’t very good at slowing down or stopping. On one downgrade we picked up speed and I lost all control of my feet. I swerved onto a lawn, crashed into a tree, and startled an old gentleman reading his paper on the porch. Karen skating gracefully past, hooted with laughter. I shook my fist at her bitterly as I hugged the tree.

Her turn to embarass herself came on the way back. She lost her balance crossing a deep crack in the cement and flew off the sidewalk into a huge pile of leaves in front of my house. My dad was just coming out of the garage unrolling the hose as he walked. “Are you hurt?” he asked Karen.

“No, I’m fine.” She stood up and brushed off all the leaves stuck to her sweater and in her hair.

“Can we rake these up and jump in them?” I asked my dad.

“No, I’m just about to set fire to them. Rake up the ones in the backyard.”

“We’d rather watch the leaves burn,” I said. We sat on the grass to take off our roller skates, as my dad lit a match and set the dry leaves alight. Wisps of grey smoke rose from the pile and soon the leaves were crackling with an orange glow.

“I love the smell of burning leaves,” Karen sighed as she fell over on her back on the lawn. Our next door neighbour had a big pile of leaves in front of his house. He set it on fire and when it got going a smoky haze drifted through the neighbourhood in the late afternoon sun.

Judy was coming down the street toward us. “Come on, we’re going to rake up the leaves in the backyard and jump in them,” Karen yelled. The two big maple trees provided a huge quantity of leaves which we soon had raked into a giant pile.

We took turns climbing on the fence and jumping into the leaves, then raking them back up until the sunlight faded and we were exhausted. Judy and Karen headed home for supper, their hair full of leaf bits, and I went into the garage to shake them all off. My dad was hosing down the last embers and the air was turning chilly.

As I washed up for dinner, the delicious fragrance of my mom’s spaghetti sauce filled the house and I was very hungry. Suddenly and sadly I remembered that after dinner my fun day would end the same way it started, with grade six math homework.

September 27, 2018: Newswest AGM; Celebrating 40 Years of Communty Service.

September 27, 2018: Newswest AGM;
Celebrating 40 Years of Communty Service.

By Pat O’Brien, Newswest Chair.

All are invited to attend Newswest’s 40th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The AGM will be a celebration of our 40 years of providing community news to the residents of Ottawa West.

Light refreshments will be served.

This will be a full AGM with the election of Board Members in accordance with Newswest’s By-Laws. If you live within the distribution area* and wish to run for the Board of Directors you must be a paid-up member ($5.00) by October 14, 2018 For information contact us at editor@newswest.org .
I hope to see you there!

Pat O’Brien, Chair, Newswest Board of Directors.

Note: *: the area bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue, between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mechanicsville, Hintonburg, Champlain Park, West Wellington, Wellington Village, Hampton Park, Westboro Beach, Westboro, Highland Park, McKellar Park, Carlingwood and Civic Hospital.

September 27, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

September 27, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED October 3rd. 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 27, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Carleton Tavern. ).

November 13: Newswest AGM. ++++
Newswest is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre. ). Besides electing the Newswest Board members, important motions will be presented to a vote concerning the year ahead.

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 .

September 28 – Kitchissippi United Fall Rummage Sale.
The Kitchissippi United Church Fall Rummage Sale is taking place Friday September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday September 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at 630 Island Park Dr. Clothes, books, toys, collectibles, kitchenware, small appliances, linens, boutique specials and more! For info 613-722-7254 or https://www.kitchissippiuc.com .

September 28 – Friday Night of Worship and Ministry.
Join us at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Father Yves Marchildon of the Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Restore My Church.” The Worship Team will be Warren Scherr. A reception will follow in the lower hall.

September 28 – Arts Night.
The Kitchissippi community is invited to Arts Night at First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s artists include Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Literary Artist; Gilda Pontbriand, Painter/Photographer; Richard Hanna, Harpist, Singer, Actor. Admission is $5. For more information please call 613-725-1066 .

September 29 – Francis of Assisi Blessing. ++++
To show our concern for all creatures, and in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, you are invited to bring any animal(s) in your care to the front lawn of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church ( 1153 Wellington St West at Parkdale ) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th to receive a special blessing.

September 29 – Book launch.
Join local Illustrator, Alice Carter, to celebrate her picture book, Angus All Aglow, a gentle story of acceptance and friendship (written by Heather Smith, Orca Book Publishers). Come meet the illustrator, enjoy a kid’s craft, book reading and signing.This is a free event. Books available for purchase. Saturday, September 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave.) For more info see http://alicecarter.com .

September 29 – Power of One concert and fundraiser.
Please join us at this fundraising concert for Arise and Shine Uganda (www.facebook.com/arise.shine.uganda/). The concert will be performed by the Big Soul Project Choir and promises to be an entertaining and uplifting evening. All money raised will be used to build new pit latrines (washrooms) for the 650 students attending the school in Kibuye village. The event is being held at the Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets available on the choir’s website at: https://www.bigsoulproject.com .

September 30 – Meet the Artist. ++++
At the Cube Gallery. On Sunday, September 30th from 2 p.m. Russell Yuristy will discuss his current show and his future practice. Cube Gallery welcomes the return of internationally acclaimed print maker, painter and teacher of art, Russell Yuristy for the most comprehensive show of his work to date. This Saskatchewan-born artist is renowned for his representational art based on his keen observations of nature. At 82 years old, Yuristy is considered a doyen of the contemporary art scene. He continues to enthrall with his love for and sensitive depiction of nature, fish, animals and birds. Visit http://cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2018_09_04_verdant or https://www.facebook.com/events/218599898836649/ for more info. Exhibition held over to October 14th.

October 2 – Alpha Dinner at St. Mary’s.
Come and Explore Life, faith and meaning at our Alpha Dinner and Film Experience-Tuesdays starting October 2. Checkin 6:28pm. Register via http://www.stmarysottawa.ca; alpha@stmarysottawa.ca or leave a message anytime at 613-728-9811 x 701. St Mary’s Hall, 100 Young St. Access via parking lot. Alpha is free, the experience priceless.

October 3 – Rosemount Library Revitalization Open House.
The OPL is hosting a Rosemount Revitalization Open House on October 3 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public can meet with the architectural team (+VG) to learn more about the project scope and potential options for the building layout and design. The Open House is a drop-in format. More info: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/rosemount-revitalization .

October 10 – Kitchissippi United Church open house.
Come and help us celebrate 10 years of Kitchissippi United Church in the community! Join us for an Open House on Wednesday, October 10 at 630 Island Park Dr. between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. As part of this evening, we have also invited community partners and friends to share what they have been doing. Come and see who we are and what we do. Snacks and refreshments in the Main Hall. For more information go to http://kitchissippiuc.com or contact the office at 613-722-7254 or email Kirsten Gracequist at kgracequist@kitchissippiuc.com . Plenty of free parking.

October 14 – McKellar Park Community Association Annual General Meeting.
The McKellar Park Community Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. at the McKellar Park Field House, 539 Wavell Ave. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood. For more information visit our website at http://McKellarpark.ca .

October 16 – Westboro Community Association AGM.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 16 at the Churchill Seniors Center (345 Richmond Rd.). Come out, meet your neighbours, and discuss the issues important to our community! Membership is required to vote but you can attend without joining. Membership is $10 for one year or ($20 for family membership.) Doors and community kiosks open at 6:30 p.m. followed by reports from the Board at 7 p.m. and the election of new directors. Special guests, presentations TBA (details to follow). Refreshments will be served. Your Community Association needs you! Infill development in Westboro continues to grow. Residents turn to us for help in responding to development issues in their neighbourhoods. The demand can be more than our small board of directors can handle. We need new members to bring their talents to our community. Interested in becoming a board member or community resource person? Email us at helloWestboro@yahoo.ca, or contact karenljohnson@sympatico.ca or normmorrison@rogers.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/ .

October 18 – Kids and Stamps. ++++
The Ottawa Philatelic Society, Ottawa’s oldest stamp club, meets every Thursday evening at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Following on a series of events for kids at 10 library branches this summer, we’re holding a Kids Night on Oct 18, encouraging kids to come along with their parents to see what stamp collecting is all about. See this issue’s Newswest web-extra article for more info.

October 19 – United Way Breakfast.
On Friday October 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Nepean High School (574 Broadview Ave.) will be holding their 29th Annual United Way Breakfast. The United Way Breakfast is a charity event that brings the Ottawa community together year after year to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast with food generously donated from local stores and restaurants. We will be joined by our mayor, Jim Watson, our councillor, Jeff Leiper, and many more local celebrities. All proceeds will go to the Dave Smith Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Youth. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

October 20 – Woodroffe United Fall Church bazaar.
Items available include china, books, clothing, bake table, silent auction, toys, jewellery, used furniture, and much more. 207 Woodroffe Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments and lunch available. For more information, please contact Woodroffe United Church at 613-722-9250 .

October 20 – Friends of the Farm Used Book Drop Off. ++++
From 10a.m. to 3p.m. Save your books and re-gift them for a great cause. Please note we do not accept magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedia. Drive up to Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ .

November 3 – Yuletide Bazaar.
The Parkdale United Church Yuletide Bazaar is taking place Saturday November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (429 Parkdale Ave.) Lots of Christmas gift ideas, café, home baking, jams and jellies, soups, old linens, kitchen and bath, attic treasures, fashion boutique, silent auction, books, antiques and collectibles and much more! For information call 613-728-8656 or go to http://parkdaleunitedchurch.ca .

November 4 – Big Sing Ottawa.
Experience the joy of singing together in harmony with Evemarie Brunelle, the founder of Allez Chante! in Montreal, as she brings her dynamic workshop to Ottawa for the first time. Happening 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westboro Masonic Hall (430 Churchill Ave. N.). No experience necessary. All ages and voices welcome. Information & tickets ($20): rasputins.org.

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/ .

November 17 – First Unitarian Fall Fair.
Biggest church bazaar in town and it’s right here in Kitchissippi! Great deals on gently used clothing, books, jewellery, electronics and other treasures. Fabulous silent auction; two food venues; knitted items; baking, and jams. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All at First Unitarian (30 Cleary Ave.)! For information, email FallFair2018@firstunitarianottawa.ca or call 613-725-1066 .

Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca for more info.
Tentative Ottawa Family Cinema schedule for September:
Friday, September 28th, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (3D)
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
See Ottawa Family Cinema website for updates, changes and other dates.

Ottawa Newcomers Club. ++++
Our club is a non-profit, social organization for women who have recently moved to this area; (and those who have experienced a significant life change), and would like to meet new people of similar interests by joining our many group activities. More information about us and what we do can be found on our website at: http://ottawanewcomersclub.ca or by contacting newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com .

Making Music Meaningful in Nepean. ++++
A lively program that introduces babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the joy of making music. Music classes are offered in Nepean (Argue Drive), call 613-402-6082, or visit http://www.makingmusicmeaningful.com or see https://www.facebook.com/MakingMusicMeaningful .

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 .

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.
Coming this fall! Drop-in programs at Churchill Senior Recreation Center:
Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Join our knitting, crochet or quilting circles on Fridays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Social Painting Club is Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., open room with lots of light and like-minded artists. Weight & Cardio Agility on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613-798-8872 or email Anita.Findlay@ottawa.ca .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and/or Friday at 9:15 a.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 ).

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 .

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:

October 6-8 – Thanksgiving at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., This Thanksgiving weekend, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will celebrate fall harvest in the heart of the city with demonstrations and activities for the whole family. Come see some of our farm machinery on display and watch a baler in action! Discover fun facts about corn and apples, sample fall recipes, explore several pumpkin varieties and get creative with a fall themed craft. A full schedule of activities is available on the website. Canada Agriculture and Food Museum 901 Prince of Wales Drive. Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation ingeniumcanada.org, Twiter: @AgMuseum | Instagram: @AgFoodMuseum | Facebook: @AgMuseum

October 18-21 – Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)’s 26th Annual Open Studio.
With 22 active artists occupying our two floors, critical research and current artistic exploration develops in each artist’s studio The EBA remains the city’s largest and longest-running visual arts co-operative located in a former bread factory. Opening Night is Thursday, October 18, 2018 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.). The exhibition continues: Friday, October 19, 2018 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.), Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.), Sundays, October 21 and 28, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.). Admission is Free. 951 Gladstone Avenue (1st and 2nd floors). Access to the inside of our building is limited to stairs. There are no ramps, lifts, or elevators. See http://www.enrichedbreadartists.com or Instagram: enriched_bread, or Twitter: @enrichedbread for more info. We are also on facebook.

October 27-28 – Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)’s 26th Annual Open Studio.
With 22 active artists occupying our two floors, critical research and current artistic exploration develops in each artist’s studio The EBA remains the city’s largest and longest-running visual arts co-operative located in a former bread factory. The exhibition continues: Saturday, October 27, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.), Sunday, October 28, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.). Admission is Free. 951 Gladstone Avenue (1st and 2nd floors). Access to the inside of our building is limited to stairs. There are no ramps, lifts, or elevators. See http://www.enrichedbreadartists.com or Instagram: enriched_bread, or Twitter: @enrichedbread for more info. We are also on facebook.

Web-extra (September 27, 2018): Kids and Stamps; Ottawa Stamp Club Special Night, October 18.

Web-extra (September 27, 2018): Kids and Stamps;
Ottawa Stamp Club Special Night, October 18.

By Ian Smillie (Vice President, Ottawa Philatelic Society).

Stamp collecting—a popular hobby in the 1950s—seems to have gone into decline among today’s young people. The Ottawa Philatelic Society (OPS), Canada’s oldest stamp club, is doing something about it.

The OPS operates a “youth booth” every year at ORAPEX, Ottawa’s premiere annual stamp show and bourse, held at the RA Centre in May. Stamps, covers, albums and supplies donated by members and former collectors are available free to kids under 12. This year the club approached the Ottawa Public Library, offering a summer program for kids between the ages of seven and twelve. By the end of March, ten branches had signed up, with afternoon sessions in July and August. The turnout was good.

Now the club is planning a Kids Night at the Hintonburg Community Centre, Thursday evening, October 18, from 5:45 to 8:00 pm for kids under 14 accompanied by a parent. Club members will provide information and advice, and kids will be able to get free stamps, first day covers and stamp supplies.

One reason for the declining interest in stamp collecting may be the proliferation of distractions for kids today. Postal authorities around the world have added to the problem, issuing more and more stamps—in inverse proportion to their actual use for postal purposes. In 1952 you could buy the entire year’s Canadian output at the post office for precisely 38 cents. Today it will cost you upwards of $150.

But postage stamps are miniature works of art. Some commemorate famous people and events, others show animals and birds, flowers, railways, ships and planes, buildings and bridges, coats-of-arms and flags, space and sport. Stamps are educational and provide some of the nicest and most practical ways of learning about geography and history, politics and religion, and everyday ways of life in different parts of the world. Stamps also offer a window on postal services, a country’s postal history and its transport systems.

At the end of one of the library sessions this summer, kids were asked how many would like to start a collection. They held up the stamps they had gathered during the session, and they all said, “We already have!”

More information on the OPS can be found at https://www.ottawaphilatelicsociety.org/ and they can be reached at info@ottawaphilatelicsociety.org .

August 30, 2018: Rosemount Library Renovations Begin; Group urges community input.

August 30, 2018: Rosemount Library Renovations Begin;
Group urges community input.

By Barbara Clubb, R.E.A.D.

It’s official! The architects for the renovation of the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be the Ontario firm +VG Architects (the Ventin Group).

READ Rosemount will be be participating in the consultations and encourages everyone in the community to get actively involved in this planning and design process beginning Fall 2018 (see OPL announcement below).

Councillor Jeff Leiper tweeted out August 10th that he ran into firm representatives at the library recently, so they are already hard at work. Some of the other libraries in the +VG Architects portfolio include: Drayton library (Township of Mapleton, ON), Callander library (on Calnder Bay on the shores of Lake Nipissing, ON), Hillsburgh library (Wellington County, ON), Fergus library (Wellington County, ON), Peterborough library and Clearview library branch in Stayner, ON (northwest of Barrie).

From the OPL website.
Rosemount Revitalization.
Ottawa Public Library has engaged +VG Architects to design the revitalization of the Rosemount branch. This project will extensively renovate and refresh the branch, address building condition and accessibility issues, improve efficiencies, and modestly increase public floor space.
+VG Architects is an award-winning architectural firm known for innovative approaches to their design. Carnegie Library upgrade projects represent a core competency of their experience; having completed projects at eight of Ontario’s remaining Carnegie Libraries (more than 10%).
Overall Design Objectives:

  • Provide functional, flexible library spaces by creating multi-use areas with open sightlines;
  • Rehabilitate building elements, while retaining and complementing the building’s historic character;
  • Address accessibility requirements;
  • Address sustainability requirements;
  • Address building code requirements;
  • and Incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

Public input is a key to the success of the Rosemount Revitalization, and is set to begin in early Fall 2018. More information and specific dates to follow in September 2018. Construction is tentatively set to begin in April 2019, at which time the branch will be closed for revitalization. Service to the community will continue at a temporary site at 1207 Wellington Street West.

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Photo Caption: Rosemount Branch of the Ottawa Public Library is about to embrace some much needed changes. Photo courtesy of R.E.A.D.

August 30, 2018: Letter to the Editor: Carlingwood Mall Rebuild; Letters to Newswest.

August 30, 2018: Letter to the Editor: Carlingwood Mall Rebuild;
Letters to Newswest.

By Pat Parker.

Carlingwood Mall is in the news with the recent announcement that the former Sears store is slated for demolition. We were living in McKellar Park when Carlingwood was built. I grew up and grew older with all its various renditions.

I think the Sears location would be perfect now, for affordable, seniors’ apartments. The first two floors could be retail and business, then floors 3 and up could be apartments.

Carlingwood includes a grocery, pharmacy, a walk-in clinic, barber, hair salon, restaurant, and every service seniors would need – in a covered, carpeted environment that is already seniors friendly and well-appreciated.

Underground parking for residents would be available. We seniors who are not snow-birds need a place like this to endure our winters, maybe even a theater on the second floor using escalators from the main floor? I think it would be wonderful for seniors and for business and, believe it or not, we seniors CAN revitalize an area.

I have posted this idea to social media where it quickly received many encouraging responses and suggestions as to further opportunities offered by the upcoming renovations planned for the Carlingwood Mall.

 

August 30, 2018: Healthy Heart Ideas; Study initiative seeks volunteers.

August 30, 2018: Healthy Heart Ideas;
Study initiative seeks volunteers.

By T. Thibeault.

Is your heart “all aflutter”? If it is, you may be a teenager facing the challenges of young love.

But if you aren’t a teenager in love, and you still recognize that flutter, you may be experiencing atrial fibrillation — an electrical disorder of the heart which affects about 350,000 Canadians. People over the age of 40 have a one-in-four chance of developing atrial fibrillation and could be managing it with drugs. Some patients though, will need better treatment options.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is undertaking a research project to study the impact of different levels of exercise training on participants’ heart-health and fitness. This study will help discover new options that could affect the treatment of atrial fibrillation You are cordially invited to play an instrumental part in the success of this project.
Dr. Jennifer Reed and her team are seeking up to 100 Ottawa area residents with persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation to join the study. Subjects will have their health measures taken, complete questionnaires and participate in one-of-two 12-week exercise training programs.

It is hoped that the results of Dr. Reed’s study will lead to:

  • important ideas for new treatment strategies,
  • ways to alleviate symptom burden, and,
  • ways to reduce exercise intolerance in affected patients.

To learn more, or to volunteer for this very worthy project, you can contact the project coordinator, Anna Clarke, B.Sc. at 613-696-7000 ext. 15944, or send an email to aclarke@ottawaheart.ca .

This study may have very little effect on the challenges faced by teenagers in love, but it could make a great and positive difference for some 350,000 Canadians who have left adolescence behind, but still face the challenges of a fluttering heart.

For more info visit: http://ottawaheart.ca .
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Photo Caption: Dr. Jennifer Reed of the U of O Heart Institute is hopeful that Newswest readers and their friends, will help populate a heart-health study looking into irregular hearbeat and how exercise may affect its treatment. Photo courtesy of http://OttawaHeart.ca

August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?; Newswest turns a corner.

August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?;
Newswest turns a corner.

By Tim Thibeault.

This month completes Newswest’s 40th year of publication. If, as they say, “Life begins at 40,” then we are about to embark on a great adventure.

Having started as a neighbourhood newsletter, Newswest has developed into a community newspaper offering readers and residents a place to voice their concerns, celebrate their victories, plan their strategies, suggest new directions, and perhaps even bemoan the changes wrought by Time.

When Newswest began in the early fall of 1978, Gerry Rafferty was enjoying 4 weeks on the top ten charts with a song that would inspire the name of a popular Westboro breakfast haunt. Barbra Streisand was complaining to Neil Diamond that, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and Olivia Newton-John was “Hopelessly Devoted to You…”.

At City Hall, Lorry Greenberg was handing the reins of the city over to Mayor Marion Dewar who would hold that office for the next 7 years. On Parliament Hill, “then” Prime Minister Trudeau was 59 years old while “now” Prime Minister Trudeau was just seven.

Things change with time, as growth and development coax, cajole and drag us into the future. And Newswest is growing and changing as well.

We are always looking for people to tell us what’s going on, and what it’s all about. Over the years we have had scores of contributors helping make Newswest an entirely volunteer-driven undertaking that celebrates all the neighbours and neighbourhoods throughout Kitchissippi Ward.

We have benefitted from the generosity of sponsors such as GT Express, the Dovercourt Community Centre, and local businesses like Herb & Spice, as well as those sponsors whose services you can see in banners throughout these pages. And, as always, we seek new voices, and new writers to keep our readers informed and advised about what is going on and what may be happening if someone doesn’t do something.

You may be one of those intrepid souls who has a little time to give to the community. If so, we would love to hear from you. So would your neighbours.

To those who have stood by Newswest over the years,we can enthusiastically offer a heartfelt thank you and a warm and friendly handshake with eye-contact. Some have been with us for generations, others are just beginning their adventure with one of Ottawa’s longest running continually published community newspapers. Wherever you are on that spectrum, Newswest welcomes you, thanks you, and looks forward to serving you for as long as this community has news to share and people to read about it.


[Ed: and here are a few articles from;

Please don’t forget Newswest needs you reader-contributor and any who can help sponsor the print edition to survive as your community news.]

August 30, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Back to school.

August 30, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Back to school.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly, OPS.

One of my favourite topics throughout the year is kids. They’re vulnerable for all kinds of reasons. And with school starting in a few days, they’re my focus again – for all kinds of reasons.
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Let’s start with kids outside. They’ll be going back and forth from home to school and playing outside and not necessarily watching where they’re going. Fast traffic and kids don’t mix well. Parents, you can teach your kids how to be careful when they’re out but the onus has to be on drivers to slow down and be ready for a quick stop, particularly arounds schools.
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On the other hand, there is occasionally the driver who drives much more slowly than necessary looking for an opportunity to entice a child into their vehicle. While the likelihood of this happening is low, the possibility exists and it’s a good idea for kids to learn early on that getting into a vehicle with a stranger is an absolute no-no.
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Let’s move to kids on the inside. Back to school can be an exciting time for kids who are thrilled to be starting a new grade. Most are happy to be back with their friends and to be involved in favourite school activities or starting new ones. It’s not such a happy situation, though, if a boy or girl is the target of a bully. Children may be reluctant to speak up if they feel threatened or picked on, so it’s up to parents and teachers to keep a close eye on those in their charge for signs that something is wrong.
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And in our brave new world, we have to cope with ever-present technology – its advantages and disadvantages. It’s glitzy, it’s fast and begs us to act without considering the consequences. Keep track of your kids’ internet usage. If you want information on how to manage the combination of kids and technology, come see us at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington West. Or, Google it! That’s what your kids would do.
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I hope the coming school year is a safe one for everyone!

[Ed: Did you know your community police officer also has a mailing list for sharing the latest neighbourhood watch info? Here is a recent email of interest;

With respect to safety for kids starting school, a reader requested clarification for driver responsibility when passing through an intersection with crossing guards present. The following is from the Ottawa Safety Council web site.
Crossing Guard Rules:
New in January 2016, drivers are not allowed to pass ANYWHERE through a crosswalk if there are children and/or a Crossing Guard in the crosswalk. This applies even if you the pedestrians have cleared the lane that you would like to proceed/turn through and to all crosswalks where a Crossing Guard is present, regardless of whether the roadway is two or four lanes. The only time this rule doesn’t apply is if the crosswalk itself is divided with a median (i.e., the median juts out into the crosswalk providing pedestrians a safe place to stop and observe if it is safe to proceed).

Drivers who break this rule could face a fine of up $500 and will lose 3 demerit points.

School Zone Speed Rules:
Often, speed limits on roadways are reduced during the morning and afternoon bell times in school zones. Speeding in school zones costs you more than speeding in other places. Fines are increased if you are caught speeding in a school zone by up to 60%. Not to mention that it will cost you 3 demerit points if you are caught going 20 km over the speed limit (i.e., 60km in a 40km school zone will cost you $180 and 3 demerit points).

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August 30, 2018: The Harvest Moon; As the seasons turn…(coming September 24th).

August 30, 2018: The Harvest Moon;
As the seasons turn…(coming September 24th).

By Mark Narwa.

Earlier generations gave the full moon of each calendar month a name based on the behavior of plants, animals and the weather, according to that particular month. This allowed them to keep track of the passing year and to set schedules for hunting, planting and harvesting. Some examples would include the Strawberry Moon given to the full moon of June, the Wolf Moon of January, the Flower Moon of May, and the Hunter’s Moon of October.

The full moon of September is called the Harvest Moon. It attained this name from the farmers in the northern hemisphere. In the shorter daylight hours of the autumn, before artificial lighting existed, farmers needed light to gather in their crops. For several evenings, the full moon near the autumn equinox would rise in the eastern sky soon after sunset. This provided an abundance of bright moonlight in the evening, thus illuminating the fields, which helped the farmers harvest their crops.

In the northern hemisphere, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. The autumn equinox is one of the times in the year when the sun crosses the equator, causing day and night to be of equal length. This usually occurs between September 21 and 23, which also marks the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon can occur anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the autumn equinox. This is because a lunar year is 11 days shorter than a solar year (354 vs 365) making the full moon come 11 days earlier in the month each year. This causes the September full moon to be closer to the beginning of the month, making the October full moon closer to the beginning of October. About every three years, this makes the October full moon the Harvest Moon because of the number of days closer to the autumn equinox than the September full moon.

What sets the Harvest Moon apart from other full moons is that throughout the year, the moon rises on average 50 minutes later each day. At the autumn equinox, the full moon rises about 30 minutes later each day. The full (Harvest) moon rises at sunset and then very close to sunset for the next 4 nights, making it almost appear as if there are full moons several nights in a row.

As with every full moon near the horizon, the Harvest Moon will appear larger than normal and a bright orange colour for several days.

This year, the Harvest Moon is September 24 at 10:52 pm, just two days after the autumn equinox.

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