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Yoga instructor Megan Martin, along with Winston Square organizers Lee Ann McLellan, Westboro BIA Executive Director Mary Thorne, and McKellar Park resident Patti Church are leading the transformation of Winston Square. A call for talent has been issued. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

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Beside the Westboro Legion Hall on Richmond Road is the non-descript dead end of Winston Avenue. But in the coming months this space will be transformed into a vibrant public space. Winston Square will soon be transformed into a pedestrian plaza decorated with paving stones, art,

benches, and flagpoles. A living wall of plants and vines will also breathe new life into this grey space. Not only will the square be made more attractive, it will also offer programming and entertainment throughout the summer. “It is being designed as a gathering space in the heart of Westboro,” explains McKellar Park resident, Patti Church. The local marketing

expert and community builder has been engaged by the Westboro Village Business Improvement Association to create programming for the square over the summer months. She has teamed up with Lee Ann McLellan, a Westboro singersongwriter and musician, to program entertainment of all kinds for every Continued on page 2


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Continued from page 1 day of the week. “It’s about bringing the community together,” Church explains. The space will be easily adaptable. Café style tables and chairs could be brought out and a stage could be set up for a music performance. Or the space could be cleared for yoga classes or salsa dancing. “There is so much talent in this community,” Church says, and she is excited to have the venue to showcase it. The call for talent for Winston Square’s programming is now open. McLellan and Church welcome talents of all sorts, such as music, art, poetry, comedy and dance. “The key is to involve everyone,” says McLellan. “We want to make people feel that the square is for everyone.” The team is already reaching out to people in the community. The goal is to develop programming for all different age groups. For example, Church is hoping to bring in square-dancing seniors as well as musical elementary school kids like Churchill Alternative School’s ukulele class. “I would love to listen to ten kids rock out on the ukuleles,” McLellan says. “That would be awesome.” But while the programming will focus on local talent, people do not need to live within a certain catchment area to apply. Applicants will, however, be required to submit samples of their work, and/or references. Given that the performance space is outdoors, Church says programming will be somewhat weather dependent and the online calendar of events will be updated on an on-going basis throughout the summer. The goal is to have 24 weekly performances, most of which will be 30-40 minutes in length. Winston Square is financed by Kitchissippi ward’s cash-in-lieu of parkland funds from the Uniform Developments condos at the north end of Winston Avenue. It will be managed by the Westboro Village BIA. “It’s a great opportunity for people and the community to come together and celebrate,” says Mary Thorne, Executive Director of the Westboro BIA. She says that

Megan Martin will be offering free workshops and open air classes in Winston Square. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

anyone with a talent is encouraged to become part of the Square. “It’s an opportunity to show it and share it.” Programming will start in July, with a sneak peek planned for the Westfest weekend. For more information and to download a talent application, visit the Westboro Village BIA website at What kind of performances would you like to see at Winston Square? Yoga? Storytelling? Music? Send your feedback via email to editor@









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Baking for charity Four Devonshire P.S. fifth graders cooked up a plan to fundraise for Free the Children. They were motivated by the powerful message of “We Day” on April 19 where they heard inspirational stories about the difference young people can make leading local and global change. We Day is organized by Free the Children led by the Kielburger brothers. Zella James convinced some of her friends at Devonshire to host a bake sale. Each girl baked different kinds of treats which they sold in front of the Hintonburg Community Centre. The girls raised over $150, which will go towards the building of a school in Africa.

can do. While having access to WiFi is helpful to those with vision, it is of immense help to those of us with impaired sight. Increasingly, we are able to gain access to information that was previously inaccessible. WiFi enables us to find phone numbers, get directions, listen to radio shows, check bus schedules, access websites and retrieve email. It provides a useful tool that helps us to be

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Q: A few years ago there were rain barrels for sale at Dovercourt. Do you know if this will be happening again this year? A: We’ve had a rain barrel for years, and I love it. Rain barrels capture and store rainwater (chlorineand fluoride-free!) from downspouts. It’s great for flower pots, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. It also helps conserve water during the hot dry months and reduces runoff when it rains. The rain barrel sale you mentioned was a few years ago, and it was organized by the Westboro Community Association (WCA) as part of their annual Wild Wild Westboro garage sale, which takes place outdoors at Dovercourt every spring. (Get the details about it in the community calendar on page 15.) They aren’t selling rain barrels this year, but you

can obtain one from the Ottawa Riverkeeper. Rain barrels are $55 each and orders must be placed in advance, either online at ottawariverkeeper or by calling 613-321-1120. They’ll be ready for pick up at Elmdale Public School (49 Iona Street), on Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Funds raised will support the upcoming Stormwater Education Campaign in both Ottawa and Gatineau. I love what Ottawa Riverkeeper and Executive Director Meredith Brown had to say about it in a recent email: “This is a really easy first step homeowners can take to reduce the impacts of stormwater on our river,” writes Brown. “I challenge you to take this one small action to help make swimmable, drinkable, fishable water a reality because we all drink water from the

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Henderson is no stranger to bringing people together to address environmental challenges. He’s established and led environmental and sustainable energy companies, and last year published Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples, which draws on his experience working with Aboriginal communities. Henderson, along with his wife Andrea Prazmowski and sons Isaac and Noah, is an active community volunteer. He heads 1000 Solar Rooftops, a group of Ottawa businesses and non-profits, and organized the 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability, where the idea for Tree Ottawa was born. “Nothing typifies nature in quite the way trees do,” says Henderson, but there’s another reason for his interest in trees. “It’s an entry for people to get involved more actively in environmental and sustainability activities,” says Henderson, noting that people can feel daunted by switching to renewable energy or addressing climate change. “People in my view do have a desire to have a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. But they often don’t start that journey. Tree Ottawa is a way to get people involved with helping preserve and protect our environment, and realize it’s not a hard thing to do.” Tree Ottawa, a five-year initiative budgeted at $985,000, is co-ordinated by Ecology Ottawa. Volunteers, participants and funding are welcome, says Ecology Ottawa community network co-ordinator Karen Hawley. For information go to

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The real cost of graffiti

Property owners frustrated by repeat vandals

Kitchissippi business and property owners may notice scrawled initials and illegible mottos appearing overnight on walls, fences, mailboxes and dumpsters in the neighbourhood. Those affected say it seems to be getting worse. “Years ago I never paid any attention to it, but now it’s becoming an ongoing issue, like every weekend” says Nick Dirienzo, co-owner of Dirienzo and Saikaley Automotive on Spadina Avenue.

Nick Dirienzo’s Spadina Avenue business has recently been the target of vandalism.

“You’re driving to work and you’re wondering if your building is painted or not,” he says. There were 1,583 complaints to Ottawa By-law Services in 2012 about graffiti on private property. Of these, 92 came from the Kitchissippi Ward. The total is slightly higher than in 2011, when Ottawa By-law Services received 1,401 complaints. Numbers for last year are not yet available. Though the numbers don’t imply a steep increase, the anecdotal evidence seems to indicate the problem is getting worse. “It seems like this year a lot of people have been tweeting me and telling me there’s graffiti,” says Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “As soon as you have a nice evening and the weather’s good, you’ll see a lot more of this tagging,” says Hobbs. Tagging, which the Ottawa Police Service’s website defines as “the quick and repetitive writing, painting or “bombing” of a word, name, symbol or acronym,” is

the most common form of graffiti in Ottawa. Even meaningless graffiti has consequences for the community. Ignoring it can result in more vandalism, and may lead to increasingly destructive crimes, according to the Ottawa Police Service. Graffiti becomes a bigger issue when it is motivated by hate. Over the past month there has been a surge in hate-based messages around Ottawa. Dirienzo’s business was one of the targets. The owners informed the police, and quickly painted over the message. This course of action is supposed to prevent future occurrences. The Wellington West BIA receives an average of one to two calls about graffiti each week. “It is important to remove unwanted painting from walls out of respect for the hard work and energy our business and property owners pour into making Hintonburg and Wellington Village what it is,” says Zachary Dayler, the BIA’s executive director. The City of Ottawa’s graffiti management bylaw requires property owners to remove graffiti within seven days of being notified. It’s usually removed with pressure washing or repainting. The cost can reach hundreds of dollars. “I think people generally don’t realize just how often it does happen because businesses clean it so fast,” says Hobbs. Though quick cleanup is the preferred method of prevention, it does not always solve the problem. The external wall at Dirienzo’s business has already been tagged again. The vandals’ persistence can result in endless costs to local businesses. Fortunately there are measures in place to help. The BIAs receive grants from the city for graffiti cleanup. “All a business needs to do is notify the BIA and we will coordinate, most often within a week, weather permitting, to have the damage cleaned up,” says Dayler. Residents who notice graffiti can report it online at If the graffiti is hate-based or the act of vandalism is witnessed in progress, the police should be contacted immediately.

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This aerial photo of McKellar Park Golf Club shows the area it occupied in 1932. Carling Avenue, at the bottom of the photo, was the southern boundary. The eastern boundary of the club was a line mid-way between Fraser and Denbury Avenues. The western boundary is approximated by Redwood Avenue in the north, a piece of present-day Sherburne Avenue in the middle, and Manitou Drive in the southern part. The northern border of the golf club was quite irregular, falling between Dovercourt and Keenan Avenues. Windemere Avenue, previously known as 4th Avenue, divided the golf club into two parts, with the front nine holes to the east of Windemere and the back nine holes to the west.

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18 holes in McKellar Park Found any old golf balls in the area? Here’s why

By Bob Grainger

For years, residents of McKellar Park have been unearthing golf balls when they dig in their gardens. They are relics from the past, as over 60 years ago the entire neighbourhood was occupied by McKellar Park Golf Club. The golf course opened in 1928. Many of the members and the casual players would arrive on the Ottawa Electric Railway streetcar (along what is now Byron Avenue) and walk up Windemere Avenue to the clubhouse. The minutes from the annual shareholders meeting in the spring of 1929 noted they had 400 members and work was underway to make further improvements to the course. These same minutes also indicated the following: Miss Bertha Cowan was elected President of the Ladies’ Section; Mr. W.A. Smith won the Club Championship that year; and Mr.

Ernie Wakelam accepted the invitation to become the club’s first pro. It was, for the most part, a thriving operation, and was considered an enjoyable and challenging course. The golf course had a length of more than 6000 yards and played to a par of 70 for the men. In the aerial photo above, the numbers from 1 to 18 indicate the location of the different greens, and a dark line from the tee to the green shows the fairway. The clubhouse was located just to the east of the 18th green, where other golfers and spectators could watch from the verandah with a cold drink in hand as fellow members finished their round. Today, this clubhouse would have been located on the west side of Gainsborough Avenue, about halfway between Dovercourt and Keenan. There is no current sign of the clubhouse, but some Continued on page 9

“It was, for the most part, a thriving operation, and was considered an enjoyable and challenging course.”

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MAY 13, 2014 The original McKellar Park Golf Club sign now hangs in the bar of Pine Lodge Resort in Bristol, Québec. Photos courtesy of the National Air Photo Library and Joe McLean.

excavations this past summer unearthed a foundation that is thought to have belonged to the clubhouse. The original McKellar Park Golf Club sign (pictured above) now hangs in the bar of Pine Lodge Resort in Bristol, Québec. There is a golf course at Pine Lodge and the previous owner, Charlie Russell, bought up some of the golf course equipment when McKellar Park Golf Club was closed in 1952. One rarely, if ever, sees the expression “Daily Fee” on a golf course, but during the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and even the ‘60s it was commonplace. It meant that for that one price, one could play as many holes of golf as one had time or energy for. For the younger and less affluent golfer, it meant that they might be able to play 45 or 54 or even 63 holes in one day, for that flat rate of $1.00. The golf course sign also shows the golfer wearing a tie – common attire in the 1930s, but very rarely seen today! Although the future looked bright for this golf club in the suburbs of Ottawa, the rosy outlook didn’t actually last very long. The Great Depression brought difficult financial times, both for the country and the neighbourhood. At this point in time the golf course was located in Nepean Township, and the Township

came close to bankruptcy in the mid1930s. The golf course survived the difficult 1930s and through the 1940s, but increasing taxes and demand for residential property brought the course to a close in 1952. With luck, one might still find an old set of golf clubs at a garage sale with a member’s tag from the McKellar Park Golf Club. These tags – and the occasional golf ball that surfaces in someone’s garden – are great reminders of a slice of history in McKellar Park. For those who are interested in further details of the history of the golf course, look up the fall 2008 issue of Flagstick Magazine for an article by Joe McLean, which can be found online at Bob Grainger is a retired federal public servant with an avid interest in local history. KT readers may already know him through his book, Early days in Westboro Beach – Images and Reflections. He’s also part of the Woodroffe North history project and is currently working on the history of Champlain Park and Ottawa West. Do you have any memories to share about the McKellar Park golf course? If so we’d love to hear them! Email your feedback to

“Although the future looked bright for this golf club in the suburbs of Ottawa, the rosy outlook didn’t actually last very long.”

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This Westfest volunteer is “father” to staffers By Rebecca Peng

In the next few issues we will be introducing readers to some veteran Westfest volunteers. We’re starting things off with Norm Morrison, who’s described as the “father” to Westfest staffers. Norm Morrison has been a resident of Westboro for 18 years and a part of Westfest since its “humble beginnings,” when then-councillor Christine Leadman asked him to co-ordinate a parade down Richmond Road. Over the past 11 years, he’s seen the festival blossom. “It’s gone from a modest affair with a single stage to a three stage event that draws about a hundred thousand people over the three days,” Morrison says. It’s not such a modest affair anymore. Organizing a festival of this size means there’s plenty to do, and Morrison has had a hand in almost all of it. He helps co-ordinate the advertising and marketing for the festival, managing public relations with all the businesses in the neighbourhood, and distributes the postcards that get passed onto their customers. “I go to everyone in every store. I meet everyone. It keeps me in touch with the neighbourhood and introduces me to those shops I might not have gone into otherwise.” This year, Morrison bought himself a red wagon to help him transport all those cards. “If you see an old guy with a wagon and plenty of boxes,” he laughs, “that’s me!” During the festival, however, Morrison might prove more elusive, and can usually be found around the VIP area and helping out backstage. He also helps with the three-day set up and two-day tear down pre- and post-festival. Rosalyn Stevens, the festival’s Media Relations Manager, describes Morrison as being “like the father figure to most staff. We love him.” Though his Westfest duties may sound exhausting, Morrison is committed to several other volunteer positions as well. Morrison is the chair of the Westboro Community Association, and has helped out with the Shriners. There are a couple of other Ottawa festivals that get a slice of his time too. For nine years, he’s volunteered with the Ottawa Tulip Festival and, this year, has been approached to


Meet Norm Morrison, Westboro resident and longtime Westfest volunteer. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

help out backstage at Bluesfest. Still, Westfest is special. “I enjoy it more,” Morrison admits. “It’s also only a block away from my home – that helps!” Morrison is equally enthusiastic about the team behind the local festival. He’s filled with compliments for Westfest founder, Elaina Martin, and reflects how the festival benefits from being able to work with the same people year after year; how it’s built a community of dedicated volunteers. “It’s a family affair. It’s all-inclusive,” he says when describing the festival. But it’s more than just bringing Westboro neighbours together. “It gives Westboro a presence outside of Ottawa as well. It’s a showcase for the neighbourhood and the city too.” One of Morrison’s favourite aspects of Westfest is the Main Street Stage. “It gives local entertainment, younger people, an opportunity to perform. It’s probably the first time they’ve ever performed in front of that many people,” says Morrison. “I think that would be my recommendation for something to check out.” Regardless of which stage visitors visit, the festival won’t be short of excitement. “Now that I’m retired,” Morrison explains, “I do the things that I like.” Seems that even after all these years, Westfest is something that never gets old.

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“We are the luckiest people in the world” Continued from page 4 support, and fielding e-mails from concerned and helpful friends, neighbours, and people we don’t even know. Dave and my husband Marcel are active with the 3rd Ottawa Cubs and Beaver groups. My older children, Liam and Hailey, are part of the cub group and we have received much support from the whole scouting community. To all the people in this neighbourhood who heard our story and reacted with unexpected generosity we want to thank you as well. We have received furniture, clothing for the whole family (including geeky t-shirts for Marcel and Ottawa Senators shirts for Liam), and many other necessities. When my three-year-old daughter Emily was asked where she got the dress she was wearing, she twirled around and announced proudly, “from the neighbour!” Our kids attend Elmdale Public School. Shortly after the fire the school started collecting money for our family to help start re-building our life. A

GoFundMe website was created by Amy McKay and Mark Douthwright so people could donate online. We cannot even begin to thank every single person that donated to help our family. We are deeply touched. We also want to acknowledge all the children in the community who donated toys, books, craft supplies, stuffies, games, puzzles, and much more. Sharing treasured items like these really show how parents in this community are teaching their kids the importance of helping others. My children have learned that kindness really does matter. We have been taken care of by hundreds of people in the last month and a half, by people we know and people we don’t. A group of incredible neighbours are now organizing a “Celebration of Community” event on our behalf. The event will take place on Friday, May 23rd at 7:00, at the Westboro Legion. The organizers have donated their time, effort, and amazing talents to provide a means of rais-

ing money while enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment. We are doing well. The community has caught us in a safety net before we realized we were falling. We have been able to resume a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day lives while we take time to figure out what to do next. On that terrible day in March my family watched everything we own destroyed. In the middle of tragedy we found ourselves surrounded by a community of people who gave without asking for anything in return. We were taken care of at the worst moment in our lives. Our friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers were our rock when we needed it. They did what family does. While this large group of people is not our family in the traditional sense, they are our neighbourhood family and we are the luckiest people in the world to have found ourselves amongst them. Thank you for everything.


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People living in and near the Westboro Beach community stepped out to learn about sustainable transportation options. Three events organized by EnviroCentre were part of the City of Ottawa’s Westboro Beach On the Move project. “Seniors On the Move,” held March 27 at the Churchill Seniors Centre, focused on practical options for older people to get around. “On Your Bike,” held April 5 at All Saints Anglican / First United Church, offered cycling information and workshops. People also brought their bikes for free safety checks, tried OC Transpo’s “Rack & Roll” bus-mounted bike racks, and experienced chair massages courtesy of registered massage therapist and Westboro resident Adam John Biesinger. At “Step Into Spring” on April 12, about 20 people took a walking tour of the Westboro Beach neighbourhood, with stops at the Westboro transitway station and the VRTUCAR car-sharing post on Scott Street. Westboro Beach historian and Kitchissippi Times columnist Bob Grainger shared stories about the history of the area and its legacy as a transportation hub. Westboro Beach On the Move is a pilot project under the city’s “Ottawa on the

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Move” initiative, a multi-year program of improvements to roads, cycling and transit. The pilot project provided customized transportation information directly to the community, to raise awareness of travel alternatives and encourage people to try walking, biking, car pooling and transit and to drive less. During the one-year project, which began last April, project staff assessed the community’s needs, provided cycling and transit information tailored to each household and followed up with links to additional resources, explains EnviroCentre program co-ordinator Josie Howitt. Westboro Beach was selected for the pilot because it has clearly defined boundaries, a range of available transport options and is part of the Westboro Transportation Management Implementation Plan that’s aiming to shift residents to more sustainable travel modes and avoid the need for roadway expansion, according to Robert Grimwood, senior transportation project manager with the City of Ottawa. Westboro Beach On the Move wraps up this spring. For information see ottawa. ca/en/residents/transportation-andparking/traffic/westboro-beach-move. For extra photos, please see the web version of this article online at

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Eight year-old Sarah Downes said the hunt was “awesome,” even though the eggs were “a bit too easy to find.” She quickly filled her basket before realizing that she was over the 10-per-kid limit. She hid the extra ones for another child to find. On Easter Monday, a similar scene played out in Iona Park: a group of about 50 excited children, a countdown to begin the hunt, and then the mad dash for chocolate. Carolyn Webb brought her twoyear-old son Luke to the Iona hunt. “It’s super exciting to see so many people out,” she said, “and to see the enthusiasm of the kids.”

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Calling all local art lovers Studio Café to open May 3 Story and photo by Ted Simpson

Award winning painter and international art teacher Crystal Beshara has built a new hub for Ottawa’s artistic community to meet, create and learn in Hintonburg. The Studio Café at 1089 Somerset Street is a new art gallery with the casual atmosphere of a coffee shop. Beshara created the space to give art creators and admirers a place where they can attend workshops, exhibitions, rent studio space or just enjoy a locally roasted coffee in good company. “The activity level in here is geared toward the art market,” said Beshara. “The cafe is a sort of compliment to the space, it serves as a way to invite people in that may otherwise be intimidated to go into a gallery space.” Beshara has spent the past decade as a selfemployed art teacher, partnering locally with Algonquin College and the City of Ottawa, as well as travelling the world to share her workshops. The Studio Cafe serves as a teaching space for her and the roster of local art professionals she has enlisted to offer classes on every aspect of visual art. “I hand picked all my

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favourite art instructors in the city who offer classes in mediums that are different from what I teach,” says Beshara. She has been hard at work getting the space ready to launch on May 3. The large, open interior has workshop and studio space in the back with the cafe and gallery up front. The cafe features accents from gritty, reclaimed wood and antique doors, “I grew up on a farm so that esthetic is tightly honed, this is really an extension of my farm house life,” said Beshara, who’s rural roots take her back to St. Isidore. The workshops at The Studio Café are not just for the serious artist either.

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May 1 - “Back to our roots” Parkdale Food Centre Gala This fundraiser will be taking place at the Urban Element (424 Parkdale Avenue) from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks courtesy of the Urban Element, the Merry Dairy, Stone Soup Foodworks, Supply & Demand, Beyond the Pale and Stratus Vineyards. Limited tickets available, and cost $150 (including a $65 tax receipt). Buy them online at

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May 1 - African Harvest African Harvest is a benefit event that will showcase the culinary artistry of Chef Jeff Crump (author of Earth to Table and Corporate Chef of the Landmark Group) and Andrée Riffou (of Ottawa’s C’est Bon Cooking). Guests will enjoy live cooking demonstrations, delicious food, a variety of local wine and beer, and silent and live auctions, with all proceeds from the evening going to support the work of Kitchissippibased charity - Farm Radio International. Tickets ($75) can be purchased through Eventbrite or by phone at 1-888-773-7717.

May 4 - WBCA SPRING BIRD WALK This free bird walk, led by Lanark Avenue residents Keith Rimstad and Lily Mah-Sen, will take place 8:30 a.m. until noon. Meet at the parking lot at the north end of Carleton Avenue (at the path which leads to the underpass under the SJAM parkway). Donations to WBCA are welcome. Attendance is limited. Register via email to

May 8: Community Forum on Traffic and Safe Streets Hosted by Wellington Village Community Association, the forum will include speakers from the City departments of Traffic and Planning and from Safer Roads Ottawa. The main issues for discussion will be the safety of residents related to traffic in the neighbourhood, speeding, and dangerous drivers. St. George’s Anglican Church, 415 Piccadilly Avenue, 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

May 3 - YARD SALE This “Everything under the Sun Yard Sale” is taking place RAIN OR SHINE at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club (corner of Byron and Golden) from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There will be baked goods, books, electronics, collectors’ items, kitchen gadgets, jewellery, household items, paintings and more. May 3 - Fabric Flea Market Drop by for fabric deals, notions and all things sewing related at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. West) from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Local retailers taking part include Darrell Thomas Textiles, Fabrications, Wabi Sabi and Lulu & Coco. Proceeds from the $2 entry fee will benefit patient programs at the Salvation Army’s Grace

May 4: Battle of The Atlantic Sunday service Join the Westboro Legion for a ceremonial service and wreath-laying ceremony starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Westboro Cenotaph. Afterwards, follow the parade back to the branch, 391 Richmond Road, to socialize and enjoy music by Lorne Daley from 3:00 p.m. For more information call 613-725-2778. May 4 - Saint George School 90 Year Reunion Mass with Archbishop Brendan O’Brien at 12:00 noon (415 Picadilly Avenue) followed by a BBQ at Saint George School, 130 Keyworth Street, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bake sale, raffle prizes, and a bouncy castle for the kids. There will also be memories of Saint George on display. RSVP to or call 613-728-8291. May 8 - Holtom Lecture “DIGNITY: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict” by Dr. Donna Hicks. Question/answer session and

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