Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Imagining a Greener Hintonburg; Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Imagining a Greener Hintonburg;
Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan.

By Carol Paschal, Hintonburg resident.

Kermit the frog once proclaimed, “It’s not easy being green.” One might wonder if this applies to Hintonburg. Well, let’s take a look. Long-time residents know that Hintonburg has had a history of re-using, repairing and repurposing long before it was fashionable.

The pawn shops and second-hand shops are gone, along with the appliance recycling store, but there are still an impressive number of shops who continue to carry on this tradition. JR Perry Electronics and the Audio Video Centre are two long-time Hintonburg businesses that come to mind, along with newer ones such as Maker House Co. (locally handcrafted items) and Nu Grocery (zero waste grocery store).

Hintonburg is known as a very walkable neighbourhood. The steady stream of people along Wellington St. West, and the constant bumping into neighbours, attests to the fact that it’s more than possible to get by without a car while doing errands.

The local bus routes are quite convenient and the advent of the LRT will further improve getting around. Residents and businesses alike have taken steps to improve cycling safety through bike-specific signage and infrastructure such as bicycle parking. The neighbourhood is lucky to have two large parks (Parkdale Park and Hintonburg Park), as well as many “pocket parks” and a farmers’ market. So why imagine a greener Hintonburg.

As a neighbourhood in transition, Hintonburg is undergoing significant changes, many of which have a negative impact on the environment. The number of demolitions and renovations is striking. Some of the recently built (or underway) infill developments and renovations have contributed to problems such as fewer trees, less public green space, more cars and traffic, more garbage and — although it is against City by-laws — paving over front yards for parking.

Walk down any street in Hintonburg and you will see dumpsters filled not only with construction debris but also other materials that could be repurposed (e.g., wood and metal) or recycled (e.g., cardboard and paper).
Knowing all this, it would be easy to throw up one’s hands and ask, “What’s the use?” But, as it turns out, there were 40 people who didn’t feel that way and recently came together to discuss ways to make Hintonburg a greener place to live and work.

Through a project of the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC), this group created Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan based on 10 themes including transportation, energy, design, food, waste and recreation. Simply put, sustainability means using the resources that we need for a good life but leaving enough for others, including future generations, to have a good life too.

Ideas ranged from simple things like using LED lights and buying local food to more ambitious projects like creating affordable housing. The next step is to put the plan into action. You can help by downloading the sustainability plan, choosing any project that interests you (including ideas that are not in the plan) and then reporting on what you are doing. I think Kermit would approve.
For further details, check out: tinyurl.com/y9g7vb4.
[ http://obec-evbo.ca/hintonburg-community-sustainability-plan .
Photo Caption: The manager from the local GT Express Store (second from left) on Wellington West joins in with the Transportation Group

Photo Caption: The Habitat group in discussion.

Photo Caption:The energy group in discussion.


Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Rosemount Library; Users deserve better.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Rosemount Library;
Users deserve better.

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

The months ahead are critical ones for the future of the Rosemount library. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has indicated that, prior to Rosemount’s renovation, a public consultation with Kitchissippi residents will take place in September 2018 (dates to be confirmed).

As readers of Newswest know, the OPL will spend $2 million to “renew” the one hundred year old branch. During this renovation, the branch will be closed for approximately one year. A “depot” library situated in a store front on Wellington Street will serve our community. The “Renovation” will not provide much needed additional space. The branch size will remain 6089 square feet.

The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group has nothing but praise for the work done by our librarians in the local branch. They work in constrained circumstances. But with the population of Kitchissippi swelling to 44,262 at the end of 2017 and continuing to increase over the upcoming years due to intensification and natural growth, meeting the needs of the community in such a small space becomes an issue.

Rosemount Library will continue to be 66 percent smaller than branches in other comparable neighbourhoods. As a result, it cannot provide the programs or the amenities that are available in other branches. Elmvale Acres is a comparably sized branch at 7,493 square feet, but in that space there is seating for 40 users and a meeting room which can hold 59 people. Meeting rooms are a staple at most OPL branches, but Rosemount has no meeting room for its community. A fully functional and accessible program room is a must-have and the renovation must provide for one.

A modern library must provide sufficient space and services to adequately respond to the community, not just for the present generations but the future ones. In READ’s view, the $2 million allocated for Rosemount is neither an efficient use of taxpayers’ money, nor will it meet the future social and cultural needs of our rapidly expanding community.

The current City of Ottawa administration is unwilling to adequately fund infrastructure in the urban core despite its advocacy for intensification. The Rosemount renovation decision is a prime example of the short-sightedness of city officials. READ believes strongly that Ottawa Library Board staff might like to do better but cannot do so.

Before consultations take place, READ encourages Rosemount Library users to consider several issues. What services do they most desire? What is the best use of the space to assure these are provided? Given the limited space, should there be more hours per week to spread services out and meet be increased demands? Can some services be provided through partnerships and synergies with other service-providers and locations, such as the Innovation Centre or the Hintonburg Community Centre? Raising these important issues will ensure Rosemount library users receive the services they deserve.

June 28, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Summertime fun time.

June 28, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Summertime fun time.

By Cst Dawn Neilly, OPS.

It’s “summertime and the livin’ is easy” as the song has it. I hope that’s the case for everyone. Who doesn’t appreciate the chance to enjoy the good weather – by the pool, in the park, at the beach…?

Kids, of course, are out of school with the whole summer to take advantage of the outdoors, all day, every day. This is the season to pay extra special attention when you’re on your bike or driving. There are definitely more pedestrians and bike riders, including young, energetic ones, out and about. Be especially vigilant at crosswalks and wherever new, inexperienced bike riders might be found.

Pools and beaches provide their own hazards. Rule of thumb: never take your eyes off your kids when they’re in the water, not even for a second. And if your kids are going to spend any time at all near water, it would be a good idea if they knew how to swim. Keep flotation devices handy and life jackets are mandatory in a boat. Check out the Ottawa Police web site or the Canadian Red Cross web site for more information on water safety tips and best practices. It could save a life.

Livin’ easy in the summertime might also include cruising around town with the car windows open or the top down to make the most of the summer air. The temptation to leave everything opened up after you’ve parked can be hard to resist but it’s worthwhile taking the extra time to lock it all up. City-wide, thefts from vehicles top the crime list. This doesn’t mean you can forget about break and enters, also a favourite. If you’re doing repairs to your house, don’t forget to put the ladder and tools away when they’re not in use.

Whatever your plans for the summer, play it safe!

June 28, 2018: Science in the Night; Catch A View Of The Planets Through A Telescope.

June 28, 2018: Science in the Night;
Catch A View Of The Planets Through A Telescope.

By Mark Narwa.

[Ed: this is the Unabridged Web-extra Version of the article.]

On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, Westboro’s Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington Street West will be hosting its 10th annual Nocturnal Sidewalk Telescope Festival. The Ottawa branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa will be setting up various types of telescopes on both nights between 9:30pm and 11:30pm in front of the Cube Gallery, weather permitting.

This will be a great opportunity to view the Moon through a telescope. It will be in last quarter phase (7 days before new moon) which means it will be three-quarters lit. The terminator, which is the line that separates the lit part from the dark part, will make it excellent for seeing a lot of detail on the Moon’s surface.

Venus will be very bright in the west sky after sunset on these two nights. Like the Earth’s moon, Venus has phases. On these two nights Venus will be in the gibbous phase – the phase between half and full moon. As a result, Venus will be about 70% lit.

Jupiter will also be visible as a brilliant object in the south sky after sunset. Through the telescope you will be able to see several of the bands that are called belts that cross Jupiter’s face. Seeing Jupiter’s large red spot may also be possible. Jupiter’s four brightest moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto which are known as the Galilean satellites after discoverer Galileo will also be visible through the telescope. Each night these moons change position around the planet as does the position of the red spot.

Saturn will be visible in the southeastern sky. Seeing the rings around the planet especially for the first time is magnificent. Saturn’s brightest moon Titan, will also be visible along with three other of its moons, Tethys, Dione and Rhea.

And last but not least, Mars will be visible in the southeast sky at about 10:30pm. Through a telescope, the planet will appear red and depending on sky conditions some features might be visible.

June 28, 2018: Camp Anticipation; Sleeping bags, snacks and candy.

June 28, 2018: Camp Anticipation;
Sleeping bags, snacks and candy.

By Anna Borris.

“My application for camp just came in the mail” Judy’s voice yelled from the phone. “Why don’t you and Karen come too?”

I was doubtful. “I don’t know, what’s it like?”

“We swim in the lake every day, go boating, hiking, play baseball and make up skits. We sleep in cabins in bunk beds and the counsellors are terrific. I know you’d love it. It’s in Barry’s Bay, for two weeks, and we go on the train!” Judy’s excitement was contagious.

“How’s the food?” I asked the very important question.

Macaroni and cheese, shepherd’s pie; sometimes we have hot dogs and Kool-Aid around the campfire, it’s absolutely great.

“I’ll talk to Mom and Dad. Call Karen and see if she can go..

My dad told me to find out the cost, and Karen’s parents said camps were expensive and they probably couldn’t afford to send her. Judy found out that campers paid only what they could afford. All our parents agreed and the three of us were in.

While we rode the number 2 bus downtown to pick up applications, Karen was reading the list of things to bring. “I’ll have to find a sleeping bag somewhere, mine ifds too small.”

“Dave or Mike might have one you can borrow. If not, Canadian Tire down on Richmond Rd will have sleeping bags. We can walk down there tomorrow,” I suggested.

Karen preferred to have a new sleeping bag, so the next morning we headed for Canadian Tire. We bought bug spray, suntan lotion, flashlights and batteries. Karen found an inexpensive sleeping bag, and we carted everything home down Wellington Street in the broiling sun.

That afternoon we hit United Stores and picked up little plastic boxes for our toiletries, film for Judy’s camera and a new bathing suit for me. We each bought a new tee-shirt and went home with our loot.

“There, we’re done shopping.” Karen flopped down on our front steps.

“No, not yet.” said expert Judy. “We’ll need to bring snacks. It’s a long trip on the train .”

We dragged ourselves to our feet and headed for the corner store to stock up with Humpty Dumpty chips, cheezies, chocolate bars and life savers. Judy suddenly remembered just one more thing, Fizzies.

We had never heard of them, but Judy explained that at camp they were a necessity. At lunch we would be given water to drink, but Fizzies were little sugary tablets that, when dropped into water, fizzed into a drink something like fruit punch. We would be the envy of the camp.

Our final shopping trip was to Malham’s Smoke Shop to pick up several flavours of Fizzies. After that, all that remained was to pack our suitcases and wait for the day we would leave Ottawa from Union Station downtown, on our way to Barry’s Bay and two weeks of fun, games, and new friendships.

June 28, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

June 28, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED June 28th. 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 )

++++ => extra/notices not in print issue.

Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

July 5 – Strawberry Social.
Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) invites you to our annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, July 5. Between 5 and 7 p.m., we will be serving a ham and salad supper and one of the best treats the season has to offer: strawberry shortcake. $15 per person, children 10 and under free, family max $40. Tickets are available through the church office at 613-722-9250 .

July to September – Ottawa Tool Library Events. ++++
July 8th – Maker Day,
July 30th – Community and Demo Night (topic to be determined),
August 18th – Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre – part of the Overbrook Community Day Celebration!,
September 24th – Learn to Mend (it’s so popular that we’ve added it to our regular rotation!).

July 9 – Summer Teen Cooking 101.
Jacklyn Villeneuve, Registered Dietitian from Loblaws, will be teaching teens how to make a quick and easy one-pot meal at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Monday July 9 at 5 p.m.until 6.p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

July 10 – Songwriting Basics: Workshop for Teens.
Workshop presenter Amanda Balsys has played and taught the violin for over twenty-five years. She has also worked as a touring and studio musician as a violinist, guitarist and vocalist throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. This workshop will introduce Teens to some basic songwriting techniques including lyrics and 3-chord composition using a standard acoustic guitar or ukulele. No experience necessary and ukuleles will be provided at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday July 10 from 5 p.m until 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

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

July 12, 14 & 20 – 3 Guided Arboretum Tree Tours. ++++
Thursday July 12 at 3:30p.m. Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree Tour at 3:30pm Bldg 72, Arboretum. The Ottawa Valley Section of the CIF’s AGM will be followed by a tree tour. Free, open to the public. Saturday July 14 at 8p.m. “Got Bats?”. Learn about Ottawa’s bat species and tips to encourage their survival. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. Friday July 20 at 8:30p.m. “A Night With the Moths”. Learn about the nightlife of moths and their diversity. Bring flashlights. Free, public welcome. All tours start at Building 72 in the Arboretum. Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance on each tree tour website page. Donations to the Friends of the Farm are gratefully accepted during the tour. Visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ for more info.

July 15 – Hintonburg 5k/Newswest 1k Race. ++++
The annual Hintonburg 5k/1k Race is taking place on Sunday, July 15th. You can register for the race here. Race day Volunteers are still needed.

July 22 – Friends of the Farm Victorian Tea. ++++
from 2p.m. to 4p.m. Classic tea is served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Dress in full Victorian garb, (optional), listen to live music, enter the best hat and costume contest. Formal Tea $13 at Bldg 72, CEF Arboretum east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. Call 613-230-3276 or visit http://friendsofthefarm.ca/fcef-annual-events/ for more info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westboro Legion’s Saturday and Sunday Pooll.
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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champlain Park Community Association

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

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Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Cymbeline in the Park; Bear & Co. present Shakespeare summer fare.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Cymbeline in the Park;.
Bear & Co. present Shakespeare summer fare.

By Rachel Eugster.

Set out a lawn chair or a blanket, as Bear & Co. brings you a summer outdoor touring production of Shakespeare’s ridiculously over-the-top Cymbeline. Follow a pair of lovers as they react to the mad world around them in a 90-minute version of the play Shakespeare packed with every plot device he could think of: star-crossed lovers, a wicked stepmother, a befuddled king, a loyal servant, separated siblings, wild men, exiled kin, cross-dressing, kidnapping, murder plots, and a Roman invasion.

“The first time I read Cymbeline, I developed the irreverent but perhaps not altogether inaccurate idea that Shakespeare must have been up against a deadline, madly drawing on tropes he knew to be successful and linking them together in a way that made the best sense possible,” says director Sharon King-Campell. “It quickly became my favourite of Shakespeare’s works..

A Canterbury High School grad, King-Campbell now lives and works in Newfoundland. She returns to Ottawa twice this season, first to direct Cymbeline, then to assistant direct (with NAC English Theatre artistic director Jillian Keiley) when Between Breaths hits the stage at the NAC.

Cymbeline’s cast of six actors tackles its 40-odd characters full-on or in composite. Megan Carty (recently at the NAC in Up to Low) plays the heart-breaking and redoubtable heroine Imogen, while Ian Campbell (recently artistic director of Shakespeare by the Sea in St. John’s) plays the hero, Posthumous Leonatus. William Beddoe’s multiple roles include King Cymbeline, while Rebecca Benson’s include his wicked second wife. Phillip Merriman (last summer’s Romeo) doubles as her unlovely son Cloten and the fascinating Italian lover Jachimo. Ellen Manchee is both the gruff but kindly loyal servant, and the invading Roman army.

Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather and enjoy theatre that stands the test of time. Bear & Co. brings you an experience close to the touring companies of four hundred years ago. Bring a cool drink or a full picnic, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the deliciously weird world of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the open air.

The show tours Ottawa’s parks from July 3 (dress rehearsal) to August 5. West-end shows include July 5 and 19 in Clare Gardens Park, July 12 at Westboro Bearch, July 13 and 27 at Hintonburg Park, Aug 1 at Fairmont Park, and Aug 2 at Alexander Park in Carlington. View the full schedule at http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .

All performances begin at 7:00 p.m., with a suggested donation of $20 per person.
Photo Caption: Megan Carty plays Imogen in Bear & Co.’s outdoor production of Cybeline. Photo provided by Bear and Company.

NOTE! Locations can change due to forces beyond our control, so please check back here to confirm before heading to a show. Dates with a * are recent changes.

(Schedule as appeared on the the web July 6th)
Tues July 3 DRESS REHEARSAL: Fire Station #12 park–The Glebe
Wed July 4 OPENING: Central Park–The Glebe
Thurs July 5 Clare Gardens Park–Westboro)
Fri July 6 Strathcona Park–Sandy Hill (at the willow grove
*Sat July 7 Walter Baker Park–Kanata
Sun July 8 Briargreen Park–Centrepointe

Tues July 10 Applewood Acres Park–Alta Vista
Wed July 11 Windsor Park–Old Ottawa South
Thurs July 12 Westboro Beach–Westboro
Fri July 13 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre)
Sat July 14 Stonecrest Park–Chapman Mills
Sun July 15 Dickinson Square–Manotick (near Watson’s Mill)

Tues July 17 Hiawatha Park–Orleans
Wed July 18 Central Park–The Glebe
Thurs July 19 Clare Gardens Park–Westboro
Fri July 20 Strathcona Park–Sandy Hill (at the willow grove)
*Sat July 21 Britannia Park–Britannia (at the gazebo)
Sun July 22 Bordeleau Park–Lowertown

Tues July 24 Fisher Heights Park–Fisher Heights
Wed July 25 Windsor Park–Old Ottawa South
Thurs July 26 Glabar Park–Carlingwood
Fri July 27 Hintonburg Park–Hintonburg (behind the community centre)
*Sat July 28 Carp Fairgrounds–Carp
Sun July 29 Fairbairn House Heritage Centre–Wakefield, QC

Tues July 31 Fairmont Park–Civic Hospital
Wed Aug 1 Central Park–The Glebe
*Thurs Aug 2 Carlington Park–Carlington
Fri Aug 3 Overbrook Park–Overbrook
Sat Aug 4 Station Park–Killaloe (Lion’s Hall, in case of rain)
*Sun Aug 5 Stanley Park–New Edinburgh

All shows begin at 7. Bring the family, a picnic, something to sit on, bug spray–and rain gear, if it mizzles. (The show will go on, unless conditions turn unsafe.) Suggested donation: $20 per person.