December 19, 2013: Community Calendar.
DECEMBER 21 – Celebrate great trees.
Champlain Oaks Project and the Champlain Park Community Association are hosting the unveiling a special indoor and outdoor installation that celebrate the links between trees and people and the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s trip up Ottawa River. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. – noon at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse (149 Cowley Avenue). Councillor Katherine Hobbs will be on hand to unveil the installations. There will be hot drinks and snacks too. Everyone is welcome. For more information go to: http://champlainpark.org .
DECEMBER 22 – Family yoga and winter solstice and holiday celebration.
Children aged 4-7 and their families are invited to celebrate the play of light and dark, connect with the rhythms of nature, and create fun family connections to cherish throughout the holidays and the new season to come! Champlain Park Field House, 149 Cowley Avenue 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Ottawa Buddha bracelets making with Shannon Kaya. $20$/family, with proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Center. Register at email@example.com .
DECEMBER 23 – Christmas Sleigh Ride in Champlain Park.
Tour the neighbourhood on a classic horse-drawn sleigh. It’s a great family-friendly activity. Weather permitting, the plan is to have the horse-drawn sleigh gliding through the neighbourhood starting at around 6:00 p.m. at the Fieldhouse. Participants are encouraged to bring cookies and snacks to share. The Champlain Park Community Association needs a few extra elves (a.k.a. volunteers) to help make this event a success. For more information contact Jim Cocks at 613-728-7881. For additional details go to http://champlainpark.org .
DECEMBER 25: Carleton Christmas Meal.
The Carleton Tavern will be hosting a free Christmas Day meal on Christmas Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, right next to the Parkdale Market. All are welcome to attend. They are looking for donations of: turkey, ham, tourtière and home baked goodies, gifts for men, women and children as well as gift bags. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton one week before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off on December 23 to 25.
DECEMBER 22 – Blue Christmas Service.
Do you need a different kind of comfort this Christmas? Is sorrow or loss making it difficult for you to join in the celebrations of the season? All Saints’ Anglican Church is hosting a Blue Christmas Service at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop by for candle-lighting and gentle music, to find the intimate, quiet, peaceful side of Christmas. For more information go to http://www.allsaintswestboro.com or call 613-725-9487.
DECEMBER 31: New Year’s Eve party.
Greet 2014 at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road, with dance music by the Mike Fahey Band, prizes, draws, party favours and food. The door opens at 7:00 p.m. and tickets ($20) are available at the upstairs bar. For more information call 613-725-2778.
JANUARY 18 – Winter Carnival.
Come out to Dovercourt’s Winter Carnival for an evening of free fun on Saturday, January 18 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.. Take part in horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan bowling, ice skating, face painting and more. If you’re looking for a little adventure, bring your bathing suit and take part in an ice-cold polar dip (a.k.a. a large outdoor pool full of icy water). The idea is that you’ll get in your bathing suit, gather your wits, and then jump in the icy cold water for anywhere from a microsecond to a minute, followed by time in the sauna and hot tub! Wind the evening down in comfort with warm drinks and food sold by WAVE Ottawa and a toasty seat at a bonfire, all outdoors in Westboro Kiwanis Park. As the carnival comes to a close, the fun will move to the Dovercourt pool, where Despicable Me 2 will be the showcase for the annual Float-In movie. For more information go to http://Dovercourt.org .
FEBRUARY 5 – Library reading group.
Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. This month’s discussion will be about Home, by Toni Morrison and will take place from 2:00 pm – 3:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 10 – Travelogue.
Enjoy a fascinating travelogue at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library presented by experienced world traveller Alex Bissett who will talk about his travels to Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma. (7:00 pm – 8:15 p.m.) Registration required. http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program .
WESTBORO YOUTH CENTRE.
Join a free drop-in on Friday nights for sports, crafts, board games and socializing at the All Saints Anglican Church between 6:30 and 10 pm for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information: http://allsaintswestboro.com/WYC .
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED.
Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. Meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main floor, Room 3 at the back left of the cafeteria “Tulip Café” on Mondays at 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information go to http://amigos-tm.ca . You can also call Monique at 613-792-4995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Join the Above and Beyond Toastmasters group and learn to turn failures into successes in a supportive and positive environment. You’ll grasp how to bring out the best in both communication and leadership. Visitors always welcome. Parkdale Clinic, 737 Parkdale Avenue. 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:15 pm. More info: 819-827-1274 or email@example.com .
TEEN BOOK CLUB.
Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens. Ages 13 and up. Last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm (1 hr.) at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood Branch. http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program .
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.
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.