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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).



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.

August 30, 2018: Summer’s End Pyjama Party.

August 30, 2018: Summer’s End Pyjama Party.

By Anna Borris.

Every year, just before school started, someone in our group had a pyjama party. It started off as an evening party and included a few boys who were our friends. Later, when they’d gone home, the pyjama portion went into full swing.

The year the party was at my house we had only one “incident.” Emotional Heather had a meltdown over some perceived insult and spent half an hour sulking and crying on the porch before we coaxed her back inside. Heather and her drama moved to Calgary that winter and our classmate Sharon volunteered to be the host the next year.

Karen and I, of course, had to do some shopping for party snacks. We headed to Loblaws for a large bag of our favourite Humpty Dumpty chips, and some Cheezies. Then, a carton of mixed Pure Spring soft drinks was added to our cart; two Swiss Cream Sodas, two Minted Grapes and two Honee Orange – my all time favourite. We carried our bags the short distance over to Sharon’s house and left them in the laneway.

After an early supper, my dad drove me back to Sharon’s with my sleeping bag, records, pyjamas, and a small zippered case full of experimental makeup and hair accessories. Sharon’s dad opened the garage door and looking worried when three of our frineds arrived at the same time, muttered “I hope you’re not all thinking of moving in..

We left all our stuff in the garage and brought our records and snacks down to the rec room to get the party started. The boys arrived in a group, bringing more chips, pretzels and a big bag of caramel corn.

Soon the basement was rocking with the Beach Boys “Surfin’ Safari”, Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii” album and Chubby Checker’s “Limbo Rock”, which naturally turned into a limbo contest. Most of the uncoordinated boys were too tall and fell flat on their backs. In the middle of the chaos, Sharon’s mom appeared with a pan of Rice Krispie squares which we fell upon like starving hordes.

After the boys left we broke out the beauty products. Sharon did Judy’s makeup which made her look like Cleopatra with her black bangs and wide cats eyes. When Karen finished my makeover, erasing my freckles, I had tiny red lips, thin black eyebrows and a pale face like a geisha. “This is the perfect makeup for Halloween, I love it!” I told her. The other girls were turned into Joan Crawford with thick black eyebrows and Marilyn Monroe with her distinguishing black beauty mark. Sharon’s beautiful long red hair and delicate features made her a shoo-in for Ann Margret.

Gradually we ran out of steam and curled up on the various couches, chairs or the floor giggling and gossiping. One by one as we faded into sleep, our party came to an end. This last party of the summer meant that school was next, but we could look forward to the Ottawa Ex which was just around the corner.

August 30, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

August 30, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED September 2nd. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday 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.) A special board meeting is set for Thursday September 6th at 7:30 p.m.

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 .

September 1 – Art Lending of Ottawa Exhibition. ++++
Art Lending of Ottawa, a not for profit organization since 1970, presents its autumn exhibition on Saturday, September 1 , 2018. Lease, lease to purchase and purchase original fine visual art at reasonable prices. Local artists. Large selection. RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive (Outaouajs Room East entrance) 10:00 am – 4:00pm. Free admission. Free parking. A focus artist (Lynne Morin) and a painting demonstration (Ann Gruchy) are added features. Visit us at .

September 6 – Meet the Artist. ++++
At the cube gallery. On Thursday, Sept. 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 or for more info.

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 ( ) 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 or 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 .

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 or email .

September 11 – Meri Squares.
Summer is drawing to a close, and it is time for the Meri-Squares Modern Square Dance Club to square up once again. If you are interested in square dancing, please join us as we host two free open houses – September 11 and 18, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. After that, our beginners learning classes meet regularly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome to join us for some fun, fitness and friendship. No dancing experience is required, and we would love to have you drop by! You will find us in the lower hall, at Westminster Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave. Please call Pat, at 613-218-4389, if you wish to chat or have any questions. You can also contact .

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 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 20 – Welcome Back Broadview.
Broadview Avenue P.S. is collaborating with local businesses to host a community event extravaganza! On Thursday, September 20 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. at Broadview Avenue Public School (535 Dovercourt Ave.), Westboro families will enjoy food trucks by Toro, Falafel On Wheels, Merry Diary, as well as pizza by Pizza House and drinks provided by Shoppers Drugmart in Westboro. $10 Wristbands for children will provide unlimited access to bouncy castles by Full of Beans, Face Painting and Dovercat by Dovercourt, a MDRN Photobooth, Archery Games, Bubbles by Holly, Games to Go, Music by HOT 89.9, as well as a hands-on art activity by the Ottawa Art Gallery. This fantastic event has been made possible by our incredible sponsors: Ottawa West Orthodontics, Westboro Animal Hospital, Volvo Ottawa, Susan Chell Realty, TAL-CO, and Cole & Associates Architects. This exciting family event will celebrate the start of another great school year. All funds raised will provide educational experiences for children in our community.

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 . Please RSVP to .

September 23 – Friends of the Farm Tree Tour. ++++
At 10a.m. Blgd 72, Arboretum. Citizen Science: How to Document Trees. Tour leader Owen Clarkin will focus on how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases, emphasizing techniques in photography. Free, public welcome. Register online or 613-230-3276 .

September 24 – Ottawa Tool Library Event. ++++
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!). See below for more on the Ottawa Tool Library

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 .

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 .

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 .

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 .

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 .

Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit for more info.
Tentative Ottawa Family Cinema schedule for September:
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Sherlock Gnomes (3D)
Friday, September 21st, 2018 – Black Panther (3D)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – Incredibles 2 (3D)
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: or by contacting .

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 or see .

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 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 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 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 or call 613-725-2778 .

Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see or contact .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
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 .

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. .

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champlain Park Community Association

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Hintonburg Community Association

Hampton-Iona Community Group

Island Park Community Association

McKellar Park Community Association

Mechanicsville Community Association

Wellington Village Community Association

Westboro Beach Community Association

Westboro Community Association

Late Additions:

September 8 – Ottawa Porchfest. ++++
Ottawa Porchfest, a terrific community-based arts festival, is expanding this year, out from Hintonburg into Wellington Village and Preston Street. It will be held this year on September 8, with street performances from 1-5 p.m. and closing party/concert at Parkdale Park from 6-9 p.m.
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September 8 – Fall Fair at Unitarian House.
Join us Saturday September 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for our Annual Fall Fair! HUGE Yard Sale of clothing, jewellery, kitchenware, books, puzzles, knitting, Japanese crafts, attic treasures, collectibles and more! Entertainment by the Fumblin’ Fingers, BBQ, Bake Sale and Silent Auction! Unitarian House (20 Cleary Ave. just off of Richmond Rd.)

September 13 – Protecting your computer.
The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don’t let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your computer from being hacked. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday September 13 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to .

September 15 – Historical Walk, Talk and BBQ.
The Hampton Iona Community Group is hosting a free, all-ages community event at the south end of Hampton Park, near the pool. Join a walk through the forest and learn about the fauna, wildlife and history of Hampton Park followed by a BBQ with your neighbours. For more info see us on Facebook or go to . Walk leaves at 11:15 a.m. sharp.

September 24 – workshop.
Learn how to use, one of Ottawa Public Library’s resources. With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, is the place to go for learning computer programming, multimedia software, 3D animation, photography, project management, and much more. is free through the Ottawa Public Library website. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday September 24 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

September 28 – Kitchissippi United Fall Rummage.
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 .

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 .

Web-extra (August 30, 2018): Photo Essay: Ottawa Centre M.P.’s Annual Community BBQ; Free Food and Activities a Big Draw.

Web-extra (August 30, 2018): Photo Essay: Ottawa Centre M.P.’s Annual Community BBQ;
Free Food and Activities a Big Draw.
Photo Caption: No that is not Liberal Party red, but the redcoat re-enactors of the 100th regiment of Foot ( ), who joined in the BBQ for a bit of history, fun and food. Not shown, Newswest’s editor entertained the kids with his Big Bubble Bucket. Also not shown are display tables from the BCI (Biodiversity Conservancy). Envirocentre ( ), Heritage Ottawa ( ), spice mixes by Thirteen (@13SocEnt), and others.
Photo Caption: On a sunny warm Sunday, Parkdale Park was filled with volunteers etc. organizing a Free BBQ funded by local Member of Parliament (Catherine McKenna). A number of local businesses also provided various goodies.
Photo Caption: Dovercourt lent the effort a second gas BBQ (and set up their tent near to the live music stage). In the photo the Dovercourt FUNMobile truck is beside that of Parkdale Food Centre and the Paramedic’s table and truck. Not shown is the Velofix mobile bike clinic ( ).

[ Ed: One of the other goals of the BBQ was a school supply drive to collect supplies for schoolkids in need, but it was not mentioned in the publicity handouts so most people were unaware. Readers who still want to help out can contact Caring and Sharing Exchange Ottawa  (donations can be made online at or by calling 613-226-6434 .)]

Web-extra (August 23, 2018): Photo Essay: Bubbles Brings the Kids Out at Community BBQ; Newswest Editor’s secret recipe for fun.

Web-extra (August 23, 2018): Photo Essay: Bubbles Brings the Kids Out at Community BBQ;
Newswest Editor’s secret recipe for fun.
Photo Caption: A gentile sport for three young ladies in summer hats and dress.
Photo Caption: Of course there might be somebody in face paint saying “you’re doing it all wrong!”. But keep trying.
Photo Caption: Once released you can try to wrangle them back like a cowboy.
Photo Caption: And Giant Bubbles can be quite complex as this one warping by the wading pool shows. Thanks go to Brayden and Madison who helped teach the younger kids and were very good at making giant bubbles themselves. All Photos by Tim Thibeault.

And if you missed the Bubbles here is the editor’s secret recipe passed down through the ages;

Giant Bubbles.

  • 3 Quarts water,
  • 1 cup liquid Dawn(tm) dish soap,
  • 1 cup cornstarch,
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder,
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin.

Mix Ingrediants in water 1 hour or so before needed.
Stir when the cornstarch settles to the bottom.
A cotton skipping rope makes a great bubble loop.

Web-extra (July 26, 2018): Photo Essay: BREAKING NEWS; Hintonburg Rocked by Heritage Collapse.

Web-extra (July 26, 2018): Photo Essay: BREAKING NEWS;
Hintonburg Rocked by Heritage Collapse.

It happened on a day when Hintonburg gardens were getting a wet relief from the July drought. On a day where some gathered in Somerset Square were remembering Abdirahman Abdi. Those dining on Wellington West were avoiding the patios and thankfully so. For most Hintonburg residents the only sound heard was the gathering cacophony of sirens. A Ladder truck and a pumper truck navigated the one and two-way streets, and deployed in case of fire or rescue. What had been three storeys of large and small quarried limestone wall now lay as motionless rubble on the ground. A front picture window shattered onto the sidewalk. Thankfully the occupant was out, no reports of injury, but the loss of history looms large.
Photo Caption: The Magee House as it was called was not the prettiest of the heritage buildings in Hintonburg but it was built two and a half decades before the Great Hull-Ottawa Fire of 1900. It was the oldest greystone remaining. In recent memory it has been the home and business place of an architect. His thoughts on an expansion off the back of the building will take a backseat as city engineers decide the fate of the 3 remaining walls. The owner hopes the building can be repaired, as do many in the ‘Burg. Photo provided by Pat McLeod.
Photo Caption: The day after the collapse and after a record rainfall too, the scene is still blocking traffic. Businesses to either side tempoarily closed for 1 day, while workers in safety vests review the scene. Plus a TV-Media presence and constant flow of spectators and passersby on foot, bike and mobility-scooter.

[Ed: for more on the great fire, walk a block east to Wellington W. and Pinhey and check out the large Gallery 150 heritage display on the side of the Giant Tiger Express. The Magee House in 1898 is likely the small block on the lower left edge of the Map on the wall (File photo shown).]

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