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January 19, 2017: Community Calendar Plus.

January 19, 2017: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED January 19th. See bottom for late additions.

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January 18 – Building Better Bones.
On Wednesday January 18, 2017 attend a Building Better Bones presentation at Churchill Seniors Centre (at 345 Richmond Road), from 1:00 – 2:15 pm. Discover the myths of Bone health, risk factors for breaking a bone, fall prevention and management of building stronger bones for life with Christine Thomas – author, with Osteoporosis Canada.

January 20 – Drop-in folk song sing along.
Welcome the New Year with this drop-in folk song circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

January 20 & 21 – “High Times at the Heart Institute”. ++++
One of the founders of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is hosting a unique gala fund-raiser featuring a musical comedy that celebrates the Institute and Canadian health care. A one-night benefit dinner theatre performance of the new musical comedy “High Times at the Heart Institute” in Ottawa on January 20th and 21st. The final show and dinner take place at the Hellenic Centre in Ottawa on Saturday evening, January 21, 2017. Tickets for the dinner and performance cost $110.00 plus HST, with proceeds to the Heart Institute Foundation. A $50 tax credit will be issued for each ticket. Tickets are available online from Stone Fence Theatre’s website – http://www.dovercourt.org/ or by calling toll-free, 1-866-310-1004 .

January 21 – Dovercourt winter carnival.
Join us from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our annual winter carnival! Sleigh rides, face painting, skating, BBQ and more, followed by our ‘Float in movie’ at 6:30 p.m. in the pool, “Finding Dory” (regular swim fees apply). For information go to http://www.dovercourt.org/ .

January 22 – Remembering Rick Kersey. ++++
A gathering will be held at the Carleton Tavern on Sunday January 22 at 4:00 p.m. to remember Rick. See “Rick Kersey; Ottawa loses a musician.” for more on this community treasure.

January 23 – Westboro Toastmasters Open House.
Uncomfortable giving presentations at work? Always scrambling for something clever to say in social situations? Or maybe you love talking, got tonnes of stories and need an audience to share them with. Westboro Toastmasters is here to help all levels hone their public speaking and leadership skills. Drop by our Open House on Monday January 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 430 Churchill Avenue North. Admission is free and membership isn’t required. There will be snacks! For details, visit http://westborotoastmastersclub.toastmastersclubs.org/ .

January 25 – Police Service Changes. ++++
There are major changes to how the police will provide service to our community starting January 23, 2017. These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community. At the info sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more. The Police are holding 4 info sessions on January 16, 18, 19 and 25th. You must register for the sessions as seats are limited to 100 people. These are important changes, please come if you can.
The closest one to Kitchissippi ward is on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m, at City Hall
in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at 110 Laurier Avenue West.
To register and to see the other dates and locations please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C9VK6LH/ , as soon as possible.

January 27 – Open stage at the Westboro Legion.
Drop by the Westboro Legion (391 Richmond Rd.) for Open Stage, upstairs from 8 p.m. to midnight. Host band is Werth It. Admission is free and membership is not required. For information go to http://rcl480.com/a.

January 27 – Night of Worship and Ministry.
St. Mary’s Parish (100 Young St.) invites you to spend Friday evening between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in prayer and song. Think of joining us as we gather in the main hall to hear peaceful and inspiring music by the Worship Team, to listen to a talk by Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC (Companions of the Cross), to reflect, to share (or receive) a prophetic word, to ask for healing, to be prayed over, to give thanks, to share in fellowship.

January 27 – Arts Night.
See presentations and performances by Ingrid McCarthy (a.k.a. Rose D. Franklin), writer; Marie Daoust, visual artist; Scott Voelzing, musical artist. 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. (off Richmond Rd.) Admission is $5. For more information call 613-725-1066 .

January 28 – Champlain Park winter carnival.
Snow, rain or shine, this festive annual event takes place on the last Saturday in January. Free horse-drawn sleigh rides, skating, hockey skills competition, and prizes throughout the afternoon, live music, and games. There will be chili cook-off, baked goodies, juice, hot dogs and more for sale in the Fieldhouse. Admission, hot chocolate and coffee are FREE. If you are able to bring a chili or baked goodies, or helping out in any other way, please reach out to the organizers at https://champlainpark.org/ .

January 28 – Another Harry Potter dress-up big screen event!. ++++
Ottawa Family Cinema’s movie event in Notre Dame HS Auditorium. Starts 2 p.m. with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. Proceeds go to Family Movie Trust Fund, for more details visit http://www.familycinema.ca/shows/3221.html

January 30 – Awesome Authors Poetry Workshop.
Monday Jan 30, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Calling all teens! Join local author and Awesome Authors contest judge, Caroline Pignat at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library, for tips and tricks on how to write a winning entry for the Awesome Authors youth writing contest. Ages 13-17. For more information go to: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/awesome-authors-poetry-workshop-local-author-caroline-pignat-0 .

January 31 – Songwriting Basics for Teens.
This free workshop is happening at Carlingwood Library on Tuesday January 31 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Bring a guitar or ukulele if you have one! Have you ever tried to write a song? Would you like to be able to learn how to do it on the guitar? How about the ukulele? Never played before? No problem! Know how to play a little? Cool. This workshop will introduce you to some basic songwriting techniques including lyrics and 3-chord composition (it’s all Bob Dylan worked with – seriously!) using a standard acoustic guitar or ukulele. All you need to bring is your instrument, some paper and a pencil. 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. Ages 13-18. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information go to: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/songwriting-basics-workshop-teens-0 .

February 11 – Baobab Drum and Dance Community 2017 Rhythm Café.
Come out from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.) for an afternoon of great entertainment! Baobab Drum & Dance Community Rhythm Café are raising funds for community arts programming. Performances by Baobab ROOTS class, Youth Performers and special guest spoken word poet PruFrock Shadowrunner, silent auction, and refreshments/cupcakes. Admission $10 Kids under 12 FREE. For more information call 613-729-0987 or go to http://www.baobabtree.org/ . Baobab Drum and Dance Community is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization.

February 15 – “At Home in Tay Valley” presentation.
Join us for the “At Home in Tay Valley” presentation at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Discover the old tales, rich history, special memories and seemingly countless visuals collected by the People of Tay Valley during Perth, Ontario’s. Bicentennial with editor Kay Rogers.

February 17 – Drop-in Folk Song Circle.
Come by for Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (at 345 Richmond Rd.), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

February 24 & 25 – Elmdale Public School BookFest 2017.
BookFest, Elmdale’s iconic annual second-hand book sale, is an opportunity to find a great read while supporting a good cause. With more than 25,000 titles there’s something for everyone, all at very low prices (cash only). Complete with raffles and a bake sale. BookFest will take place in Elmdale Public School’s gymnasium (49 Iona St.) on Friday Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please visit http://elmdalecouncil.com/ . Like us on Facebook! Do you have a box of books you’d like to donate? We’d be glad to come and get them. Email Traceylyn at elmdalebookfest@gmail.com .

Street Hockey Tournament – volunteer(s) needed.
The HCA is looking for a volunteer to organize their street hockey tournament this year. Tournament is typically held in early-to-mid April. Fancy yourself the next Gary Bettman? Or just love to help throw an awesome day of street hockey? If interested in helping out please contact info@hintonburg.com and they can provide more details.

The Ideal Gift. ++++
Hintonburg “The Burg” T-shirts for sale. A great gift. Children and Youth $10, Adults $15. Proceeds to youth programming in the community. Contact hedc@sympatico.ca or call Cheryl at 613-728-7582. See our December web-extra article for photos.

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. It is the Friends’ contribution to the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Available at http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ and local bookstores.

Still time to… ++++
Join lunchtime fitness classes at the Hintonburg Community Centre (late entrants prorated). For more info see “Fun and fitness for adults 50+” in Newswest On-line newswest.org/easyread .

Wednesday Night Bingo.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit http://rcl480.com or call 613-725-3475.

Third Friday Song Circle.
Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (at 345 Richmond Road), every 3rd Friday of every month All ages and levels of experience welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Carlingwood toastmasters. ++++
Looking to improve your public speaking and leadership skills? Join us at Carlingwood Toastmasters every Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 at St. Martin’s Church 2120 Prince Charles Road. Find us online at http://carlingwoodtoastmasters.org for more information.

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
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 9am, 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 look for their September 1st article here in Newswest On-line ).

English conversation group
Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30 p.m. No registration is required for this drop-in class. Tuesdays, January 17, 2017 to June 27, 2017. For more information, go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/english-conversation-group-tuesdays-groupe-de-conversation-en-anglais-mardis-mardi .
++++ For Rosemount Library’s second Wednesday of the month, English Conversation Circle (7:00 p.m.) see https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/english-conversation-circle-0

Carlingwood Reading Group #1. ++++
Drop-in and share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere, in the Carlingwood Library Meeting room, first Wednesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
February 1st : “Requiem” by Frances Itani
March 1st : “Exit Lines” by Joan Barfoot
April 5th : “The Story of a New Name” by Elena Ferrante
May 3rd : “Outline” by Rachel Cusk
June 7th : “Such A Long Journey” by Rohinton Mistry.
For more information, go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/carlingwood-reading-group-1 .

Carlingwood Reading Group #2. ++++
Drop-in and share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere, in the Carlingwood Library Meeting room, second Wednesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
February 8th 2017 – “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters
March 8th 2017 – “The Finkler Question” by Howard Jacobson
April 12th 2017 – “Solitude Creek” by Jeffrey Deaver
May 10th 2017 – “Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler
June 14th 2017 – “Hero’s Walk” by Anita Rau Badami
For more information, go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/carlingwood-reading-group-2 .

Painter’s Circle.
Do you want to paint, but just don’t do it at home? Join a friendly group on Tuesday mornings at the Unitarian Church on Cleary Ave. All levels of ability are welcome, although there is no teaching, so participants are expected to know how to paint already. $10 fee goes entirely to the church. For full details contact Clea Derwent 613-695-0505; clderwent@gmail.com .

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/ .


Late Additions:

February 5 – Winter Carnival & Fundraiser.
Join your neighbours on Sunday, February 5 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Woodroffe Park for a day of winter fun! Bring your skates, stay for lunch, grab a horse-drawn trolley ride, and then warm up by the fire. Activities and games for the whole family. Presented by the Carlingwood Community Association. We look forward to a fun winter day with you!

February 24 – Trivia Challenge for Charity.
Our next Trivia Challenge for Charity tournament will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 in the Westboro Legion downstairs hall (389 Richmond Rd.) You’ll find more information and a link to the registration form at http://www.rcl480.com/TCFC/index.html . As usual, we will have great door prizes and delicious pre-game food at reasonable prices. Quizmaster Paul Paquet from the Ottawa Trivia League will be back! If you send in your team’s form by Feb. 17, you’ll get in on the Early Bird team draw. Once you register, you can make changes – add or delete players – as we get closer to the tournament. If you’d like to play but don’t have a team, let us know and we’ll connect you with others in the same position or to a team looking for more players. For more information send an email to WestboroLegionPR@gmail.com .

January 28 – WBCA Annual Winter Carnival.
The Westboro Beach Community Association welcomes everyone to our annual winter carnival on Saturday, January 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The winter celebration will feature a bonfire, tobogganing and snow building and colouring. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Everything is free but donations are very welcome. For more information, please contact infowestborobeach@gmail.com .

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