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helps keep those in the kitchen connected to customers,” says Tammy. “Plus, depending upon demand, the flavours sometimes change as many as three times per day so we need to keep production going constantly.” Although Tammy says expansion had not been high on her list of priorities, Alessandro was eager. “He’s the dreamer and I kept resisting, but the pieces of the puzzle kept falling into place and I couldn’t resist any longer. This space is perfect for us and we love this area. It’s so community minded and family oriented, with well-travelled residents and a sense of vibrancy about it.” It seems like a stroke of flavourful fortune that Hintonburg will be home to two of the city’s top purveyors of frozen treats when the Merry Dairy opens its shop this summer just a few blocks away from Stella Luna. “I don’t regard Marlene, Merry Dairy’s owner, as a competitor,” says Tammy. “We are both successful entrepreneurs and our products are very different. I like to think of us as having our arms linked, marching forward to teach people about the joy of artisan products.”
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mixes some companies use.” Stella Luna’s gelato is actually now world famous, thanks to Tammy’s bronze medal at the prestigious Gelato World Tour in Chicago last year, earned with a creation composed of dark chocolate, organic bourbon, maple syrup and pecans. Another variety that has garnered a lot of attention is one favoured by very pregnant women as it’s rumoured to hasten labour. “The main ingredients are Mayan chocolate, hot chili peppers and cinnamon, but I also like to say there’s a little magic sprinkled in there as well,” notes Tammy with a smile. There’s more than just 24 flavours of gelato on the menu at Stella Luna – the cheerful shop also offers waffles, crepes, gourmet panini, eclectic salads and soups. Once they’re fully settled in Hintonburg, they’re planning to add a wine bar with a selection of craft beer. They’ll also serve spuntini – tasty little snacks which are the Italian version of tapas. With a full production facility onsite and a staff of 25, Stella Luna’s Hintonburg location is a busy place. “We like to make our gelato at both locations because it
Hintonburg’s culinary landscape gained another star with the opening last month of the Stella Luna Gelato Café on Wellington near Rosemount. It’s the second location for the six-year-old company. Master Gelato Chef Tammy Giuliani, her husband Alessandro and their three grown children all work in the family business. Stella Luna’s gelato is already well known throughout the region thanks to their Old Ottawa South cafe and mobile cart. Business has been brisk since the doors opened to the newest location, in a space Tammy describes as the more sophisticated urbanite cousin to the Bank Street shop’s village piazza atmosphere. Tammy is the Ottawa-born graduate of Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy. She says that she and Alessandro bonded over gelato when they first met in Italy years ago. “He didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Italian, so gelato became our simple shared pleasure and how we first communicated. We returned to Ottawa to raise our family, then years later, I went back to Italy for training and an apprenticeship.” Gelato is a tricky product to make. It differs from ice cream in that it is lower in fat and denser in texture, plus it is traditionally served at a warmer temperature. All of these factors affect the taste buds quite differently, meaning the nuances of flavour are easier to discern and the calibre of the product more apparent. “At Stella Luna, we are going back to a time when quality preceded quantity; where people take care to create a meticulously crafted product,” explains Tammy. “Every batch is made by hand using premium ingredients, and that is a harder way to do things, but the taste is unparalleled compared to the packaged
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While the promise of antiques and collectibles will greatly enhance the After a long, grueling winter, a good portion of which was spent trapped in attractiveness of your sale, it doesn’t mean you have to offer them at barthe house, you’ve decided it’s time to gain basement prices. As you prepare turn over a new leaf. It’s time to rid for the sale, set aside any antiques and your home of a myriad of things that collectibles and do a little research on have been taking up valuable square their potential value. They may be footage. And you’ve also decided that more valuable than you expect. A half the best method to send those surplus items down the road is, drumroll here, dozen collectable “dinky” cars in good condition might have a retail a garage sale! value of over $200, so don’t offer There’s no question a garage or yard sale can be effective, but if you’re them at $10. A collector or dealer searching for old toys would likely going to conduct a sale, a little bit of give you $100. That way you both planning and execution can go a long way into making your event truly suc- win. The same can be said for many old things. Pottery, stoneware, sports cessful. equipment, costume jewelry, vinyl First, check with the neighbours to records, teak furniture, military medsee if there are any plans for a street long or community garage sale. Being als and badges, lamps and lighting fixpart of a bigger, destination sale, tures are just a few potentially desirdraws a greater number of buyers. able items that come to mind. Listing your garage sale on Kijiji or If you’re unsure about an item’s UsedOttawa.com is free and will give value, even after some research, put it aside. Just because you’re having a your event good visibility. sale doesn’t mean you have to sell If you are going solo with your everything the first time around. sale, plan, as best you can, with the The trick is to strike a balance weather in mind. Look at the longbetween a reasonable return and ridrange forecasts and select a Saturday ding yourself of unwanted items. that promises decent weather. If it Don’t forget, the whole reason you’re does rain, you can cancel, opt to push doing this is to clear things out of the ahead and have the sale under a tarp, or actually stage it in the garage if you house and garage. Every item that leaves with a customer is an item that have one. My preference is to cancel. isn’t taking up space in your home. This is not a Broadway show you’re Limit your sale to three or four planning. Simply leave the driveway hours. Be set up by 8 a.m. and shut it empty. Anyone who drives by will get the message. down at 1 p.m. A four hour sale Let’s assume you’re organizing your won’t exhaust you and you’ll have own sales event. Take some time to enough energy left to pack up any prepare. Walk through your house unsold items. and decide which items will go into Garage sales can be a lot of work, the sale and gradually move those but freeing up valuable space in your home makes it a worthwhile effort. As items to a place where they can be a collector I am loathe to say it, but transferred easily into the garage or one can certainly enjoy living with another holding area. less. Some items are more popular with buyers than others. Objects that are clean, functional and intact MARK YOUR CALENDARS stand a much better AND SET YOUR ALARMS! chance of selling. You don’t like that partial set The Wild Wild WESTboro Garage Sale is of dishes – chances are taking place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 10, neither will potential buyin Westboro Kiwanis Park, just outside Doverers. Price objects accordcourt. (No rain date.) This fundraiser supports ingly. If it’s less than perthe Westboro Community Association. There’s fect, put a “fire sale” a bouncy house, plus a groundbreaking for the price on it and be preDovercourt expansion from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m., pared to sell it for less. After all, the goal is to followed by Music in the Park. (See page 22.) sell your items, not drag The Westboro Beach Garage Sale is them back into the house. neighbourhood wide, and is taking place June Antiques and collect10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain date is June 11.) ibles that have some age Look for households from Remic Avenue and and charm are eagerly north of the Transitway to the Ottawa River. sought after, especially at Cash only please! For information contact garage sales.Collectors email@example.com. and dealers know they can buy them for a song. By Shaun Markey
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A city in transition 1947-1967: the building of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway By Dave Allston
Gréber’s recommendations were acted upon as early as 1947. It was on July 26, 1947 that the FDC announced that expropriation papers had been filed to force the transfer of ownership of all the properties along the Ottawa River from LeBreton Flats to McKellar Park (as well as those along the south bank of the Rideau River from Overbrook to Mooney’s Bay). The news had been kept a secret to prevent an artificial land-value boom. Owners of houses and cottages along the River woke up to the news that their homes were no longer theirs. Expropriation left no recourse for property owners. All they could do was negotiate the sale price, which they would do individually with the FDC (when an agreement could not be reached, the Exchequer Court would arbitrate). Most were allowed to remain on their property until actual development began, becoming tenants of the FDC, and suddenly paying rent on the homes they had owned. Communities such as Champlain Park, Westboro and Woodroffe owed their early existence to the waterfront.
All had started out as cottage communities along the streetcar line, developing into busy and proud communities whose residents’ lives revolved around the river. Now a large percentage of the population would be forced to move and the river would be tucked away from the remainder of the neighbourhood. The FDC felt they were appeasing residents with the promises of building recreation centres and bathing beaches, but this was far from satisfactory to the thousands of displaced residents, many of whom knew only of life down by the riverside. As far back as the Holt Commission report in 1915, the acquisition of riverfront land by the FDC was recommended as a must, before land values reached unaffordable rates. The depression, WWII, and the general housing shortage of the mid-40s delayed the action, but it was inevitable. Editorials supported the move, referring to it as “safeguarding the future” and “saving for the people the river frontage upon which rests so much of the charm of the Ottawa
area.” Ottawa Mayor Stanley Lewis stated, “without such action, the planning of the National Capital area would be gravely handicapped.” With a large portion of the proposed Ottawa River Parkway falling in Nepean Township, the new parkway also sealed the deal for annexation, which came in 1950. The Parkway project was riddled with delays and took 20 years to build. In the end, the NCC opened only a fraction of the roadway and on/off points that had been originally envisioned. By 1959, almost all of the land had been expropriated, and the houses moved or demolished. In 12 years, the NCC spent $10M acquiring 4,000 acres of land for 45 miles of the parkway to be built. Ottawa was full of major projects being led by the NCC at this time: the railway system was being relocated to the southern and eastern edges of the city; the Green Belt was being established; the Queensway built; Tunney’s Pasture was growing while LeBreton Flats was razed. The NCC even had wild plans for botanical gardens, a
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To many, the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway along the Ottawa River is a simple, convenient and scenic way to move around town. However, the history behind it is so much more complex. Many view its construction as the turning point in the history of many of Kitchissippi’s neighbourhoods, and not necessarily for the best. It took exceptionally long to build, came with a high price tag, forced the relocation of many families and isolated the waterfront, around which much of the old west end was built. In 1946, the Federal District Commission (which would soon change its name to National Capital Commission) began work on a master plan for the National Capital Region. Prime Minister Mackenzie King had met renowned French planner, Jacques Gréber, in Paris prior to WWII and recruited him to develop a vision for the future of Ottawa. Roads and parkways were Gréber’s key focus, embracing the automobile as the future, in lieu of railways. Though his plan was not finalized until 1950,
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exists today north of Scott Street from Bayview to Preston was manmade in 1965-66. The fill in this area was trucked in from the excavation for the new NAC on Elgin, and what is now the O-train trench west of Preston Street. The NCC designed the Parkway to be a tourist attraction and a scenic drive, and heavily promoted the three lookouts (then called “Overlooks”) at Remic Rapids, Kitchissippi and Deschenes Rapids. They stated repeatedly that it was intended for sightseers, for “lengthy pleasure trips,”not rush hour traffic. It was specifically constructed so that the eastbound lanes were built at a higher elevation and drivers would have an unimpeded line of sight over the cars on westbound lanes. Landscaping and trees were also integral to the finishing touches. The NCC transplanted 150 white pines from Gatineau in September 1965 for the median. Later that year, the NCC proposed adding a chain link fence alongside the length of the Parkway to keep pedestrians (and cars) from taking short cuts, but public outrcy forced the NCC to back down. Interestingly, the NCC also initially banned dogs and cyclists from the Parkway paths. Fifty years later, Ottawa is in the midst of an equally significant series of projects that will reshape this same shoreline area. The redevelopment of LeBreton, Tunney’s and Lincoln Fields, the introduction of the LRT, less buses, and more cycling corridors will set the course for the next 50 years in the west end. The NCC has even proposed reducing Parkway lanes and relocating them further from the shore in some areas in an effort to provide residents greater waterfront access. The final price tag for the original Parkway was $13,400,000, but the biggest cost may have been in the way it permanently changed Kitchissippi’s neighbourhoods. There is reason for optimism that the mistakes of the past will be corrected in a significant way during these exciting times. See the web version of this article at Kitchissippi.com for archival photos and illustrations of the area.
zoo, bird sanctuaries, golf courses, and a major sports stadium and arena. It was a city in transition. Sound familiar? The original design of the Parkway had it extending to Britannia, where it would connect to a bridge to Gatineau, and then loop south to a Western Parkway (following the route of today’s Transitway) that would connect with an Eastern Parkway, creating a full ring around the city. Of course this was never built. Even the SJAM Parkway design was modified over time. There were beaches planned for Champlain Park, Woodroffe and New Orchard (as well as Westboro and Britannia). The overpasses at Carleton Avenue were built to access the Champlain Park beach, which was to be an equal to Westboro’s, a “pride-of-the-city beach” that was later abandoned. (The parking lot at Remic Rapids was created for this purpose.) Planned access points also changed over the years, with exits nearly existing at Rochester Field and at Sherbourne next to Unitarian House (which was to replace the Woodroffe exit). Churchill was an access road before it was closed. Island Park Drive was initially supposed to be an overpass. The SJAM Parkway was constructed in three phases. The first phase, which opened on December 17, 1963, ran from Parkdale to Churchill. The second phase extended the Parkway west to Woodroffe, opening a year later on December 23, 1964. The final phase, which was the most difficult, opened on July 7, 1967, extending the Parkway to Carling on the west, and Wellington on the east. The most significant challenge in constructing the Parkway was fill. Not only was the existing shoreline insufficient in several areas, but the Parkway itself was to be built above the highwater mark of the river. This required enormous amounts of fill to be trucked in and new artificial shorelines created. This is most evident by Woodroffe and McKellar Park (where parts of the Parkway today would have been underwater prior to the ‘60s), Mechanicsville (where the water used to come right up to Burnside Avenue), and especially at Nepean Bay, where almost all of the land that
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Putting down roots in Mechanicsville This unique collaborative project is happening right outside the new Innovation Centre Story and photo by Andrea Prazmowski
After years of searching, a community garden is finally putting down roots in Mechanicsville, thanks to the combined efforts of several organizations and a team of volunteers – and the rain, sunshine and good soil too. The Mechanicsville Innovation Gardens officially began last year when the Innovation Centre at Bayview offered their raised garden beds to the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) for a community garden. The dream, however, has been waiting to germinate for years. Sixteen years ago there were garden plots on Carruthers Street, but that land was sold and the gardeners no longer had access. Since then, a number of alternate sites were identified, but soil
tests revealed that the contaminant levels were too high for growing food. When the Innovation Centre was created in 2016, the plans included raised beds on the north side of the building, which were envisioned as community gardens. These were offered to Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC), who approached the Mechanicsville Community Association, and a volunteer committee got up and running over the winter. At the garden this spring, bright salad greens and peas and other vegetables have emerged to seek the sun. Volunteers have also set down pathways and planted rows and rows of seeds and seedlings – including potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucum-
Marc Duclos and Dayna McInnis at Mechanicsville Innovation Gardens.
bers and much more. The volunteers have shared in all the work, and all the harvest will also be shared. “This is a bit unique,” explains Dayna McInnis of SWCHC. “Most community gardens are plotbased, where everyone gets their own space. We collectively agreed to all
plant as a group and anyone can harvest from any part of the garden.” It’s a continuation of the spirit of collaboration that has supported the project. The Innovation Centre provided the garden beds, a shed, and wood for the pathways; SWCHC staff serve in a coordinating role and
provided seeds; Mechanicsville Community Association volunteers planned out the gardens and started seeds at home; the Parkdale Food Centre donated tools, and funding came from the Community Development Framework of the City of Ottawa and Just Food. Marc Duclos lives a short walk from the new gardens and is one of the lead volunteers on the project. His vision for the gardens is that “we get the community involved in growing food and we’re able to give away some of the food” to the Parkdale Food Centre. The Mechanicsville neighbourhood is considered a “food desert” where it is hard to find healthy affordable food year round, and is not served by a major grocery store. SWCHC coordinates the Market Mobile
which sells affordable fresh fruits and vegetables at Laroche Park once a week. Dayna explains that the vision of the garden project is that people will be able to grow fresh produce for their own use and that “we will see people coming out and participating, to help the community as a whole.” They hope community members of all ages will be involved. The priority now is to welcome new volunteers to the garden. There is committee and communications work as well as watering, weeding and reaping the benefits in the form of “fresh from the garden” vegetables. To get involved, contact Dayna McInnis at the Somerset West Community Health Centre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-2388210, ext. 2382.
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30+ AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND KITCHISSIPPI THIS SUMMER
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30 things to do in Kitchissippi this summer By Misty Pratt
1. Splash in the water with family and friends, or get your daily workout using the designated swimming lanes at Westboro Beach. Don’t forget to check the water quality before you go: ottawa.ca/en/beaches. 2. Check out live music and tasty treats at Westboro Beach Café. It’s the perfect spot for summertime fun: westborobeachcafe.ca.
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3. Learn how to sew and complete two sewing projects at Fabrications Teen’s Summer Workshop: fabricationsottawa.com. 4. City staffers facilitate special summer events at local wading pools, including arts and crafts, games, prizes and pool time. Dates include: Hampton Park on July 7, Westboro Kiwanis Park (a.k.a. Dovercourt) on July 13, Lion’s Park on July 21, and Iona Park on July 26: ottawa.ca/en/ residents/recreation-and-parks/ swimming#special-events 5. Indulge in some quiet time by heading down to the water to see John Ceprano’s rock sculptures, which are off the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway just west of Parkdale. The question on everyone’s mind: what’s the fallout of the Great Flood of 2017? 6. Check out Trailhead’s Paddle Shack event listings for stand-up paddleboard, kayak and canoe demonstrations: trailheadpaddleshack.ca. 7. Get messy in someone else’s kitchen with cooking classes the whole family can enjoy. Check out pccookingschool.ca for a listing of summer classes at the Real Canadian Superstore in Westboro. 8. Tall Tree Cycles hosts an informal cycling group called The Bush League for gravel and adventure riding: talltreecycles.ca.
9. Slightly outside of Kitchissippi borders, but not by much, the Soloway JCC’s outdoor pool is a great way to make a splash this summer, and for those rainy days, head indoors to enjoy one of the only saltwater pools in Ottawa: jccottawa.com. 10. Meet some friends or head out with the family to West Park Lanes, one of Ottawa’s best 5-Pin bowling alleys :westparklanes.ca. 11. Some would declare Stella Luna Café’s gelato to be the best in the city, and Kitchissippi residents can now taste the goods at their new location at Wellington and Rosemount (see our story on page 3)! 12. One of the tastiest ice cream trucks on the block, the Merry Dairy is putting down roots in Hintonburg this summer. Follow the progress at themerrydairy.com. 13. Once again, our friends at Dovercourt are hosting wading pool parties to keep everyone cool this
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14. Let’s not forget some summer fun for our canine friends! The 21th Annual Dog Swim is also taking place at Dovercourt. Bring your pooch for a dip in the indoor pool! Dogs must be on a leash. Owners, prepare to get wet!
17. Westboro Fuse Festival is back this year for the weekend of August 26 and 27, in addition to a Fuse Fashion event on the weekend of September 23. Stay tuned to the website for event updates: westborofuse.com.
15. Urban Camping 2017: in order to accommodate the bus loads of people descending on the Capital for Canada Day, the city is opening some areas to tents and trailers. Tom Brown Arena has sold out of tenting spots, but you can still invite out-of-town guests to bring their trailer or RV! For more
16. Every Sunday until September 3, you can enjoy car-free riding along the parkways and take in the beautiful views on Nokia Sunday Bikedays. New this year, young entrepreneurs can apply to operate a kiosk on select NCC parkways during Bikedays. Details at ncc-ccn.gc.ca.
18. Explore all of the amazing activities MEC has to offer, from Camping 101 classes to running groups: mec.ca/ en/explore/events 19. Stock up on local produce at the Westboro Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.: ottawafarmersmarket.ca.
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Hospital neighbourhood are in the process of planning their third street party. Although the activities have been tweaked over the years, the party usually includes a potluck and barbeque, face painting, water games, a scavenger hunt and live music. In a neighbourhood near Island Park block parties have included all of these activities and more, with bouncy castles and huge slides, cooking and baking contests, and even flash mobs. “Our street parties can get pretty epic...but not all parties need that much,” says organizer Sheila McIntyre. As children have grown over the years, Sheila says that the street parties have scaled back. Rosalind suggests that first-time planners of block parties keep things simple. By planning an ambitious event with too many activities, organizers can feel
In addition to the time and effort volunteered by residents, some supplies (and rentals) need to be purchased. Doing a little bit of fundraising is one way to cover any out-of-pocket expenses for advertising, supplies and food. A barbeque by donation can help to cover food supplies, and leftover cash can be donated to a local charity. “While our group does reach out to some of the local businesses in our neighbourhood for support for our party (whether it’s small door prizes or donations in-kind), we are very mindful about not over-asking the same businesses,” says Rosalind. Whether it’s a few hours of running through sprinklers and munching on hot dogs, or a daylong event with music and bouncy castles, there is fun for all ages at block parties. Getting reacquainted with old neighbours and making new friends is one of the best ways to feel a sense of belonging in a community.
At the end of a long winter, Ottawa residents come out of hibernation to get back to their garden, shoot a few hoops before bedtime, or take an evening stroll. We chat with neighbours we haven’t seen in months, and catch up on family news or neighbourhood happenings. Block parties are also popular events during the summer months, and give residents the opportunity to get to know each other better. Instead of saying a quick “hello” while walking the dog, a street party can introduce new neighbours and help form strong community connections. “Summer in Canada can feel very short, so block parties are a great way to enjoy some of the beautiful weather without stepping too far from your front door,” says Kitchissippi resident, Rosalind Paciga. Rosalind and a group of volunteers from her Civic
overburdened. “Have a few activities and let folks enjoy them at their leisure,” says Rosalind. The first step in organizing a successful block party (other than setting the date and time) is to gather a dedicated group of volunteers. Both Rosalind and Sheila promote the “divide and conquer” method of party planning by making sure each volunteer has a specific task. A road closure permit is required from the City of Ottawa, and organizers will also need to consider food (potlucks or barbeque by donation are two options,) activity rentals, musical guests and games. Although the party planning committee leads the action, the entire street will hopefully assist in helping the day run smoothly. Not all residents will be on board with a block party, so it’s important to reach out and inform people of the date and planned activities. For safety reasons, Rosalind also recommends recruiting volunteers for the day of the party to act as “road marshals” and direct traffic away from the barricades.
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22. Take in the flowering splendor of Maplelawn’s walled garden, a national historic site: maplelawn.ca.
21. Book at tour at Kitchissippi Brewery and sample four tasters for only $5! kbeer.ca
Continued from page 12 20. One of Ottawa’s longest running markets, the Parkdale Farmer’s Market is open seven days a week all summer long.
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23. Join Rag and Bones Puppet Theatre for a special celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday at the Rosemount Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Thursday July 31st at 10:30 a.m. (registration opens June 14). 24. Check out the TD Summer Reading Book Club, and get kids reading all summer long. Head over to your local Ottawa Library branch and sign up to receive a book and
7. WESTBORO KIWANIS PARK 411 Dovercourt Ave. Open July 2 – September 1 Closed Mondays Tues. – Fri.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun.:1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
8. MCKELLAR PARK
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180 Lockhart Ave. Open June 24 – August 19 Check hours at ottawa.ca.
tracking poster for your child’s summer reads: biblioottawalibrary.ca. 25. The Ottawa Sport and Social Club provides adult recreational sport leagues, tournaments and social events. Check out tennis, stand-up paddle board, and even lawn bowling, in addition to a number of sport leagues: ossc.ca. 26. Geocaching is a fun (and free) group activity for those who love a
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good treasure hunt. Download the free app and plan for hours of fun touring your neighbourhood. Here’s a primer: kidsinthecapital.ca/ blog/2015/6/24/geocaching-in-the-city. 27. Start training for the family-friendly Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5K and 1K Kids Run. It takes place on Sunday July 9: facebook.com/ Hintonburg5K.
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28. Get your Shakespeare fix with a Company of Fool’s presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at local parks from July 3 to August 19: fools.ca.
30. Take a break from the heat and cool down in the evening with a public skate at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Road) every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 613-798-8885.
29. For your fur babies, check out Hampton Park’s fenced off-leash dog park (Island Park at the Queensway). If you time it right, take your pooch for a dip in the Hampton wading pool. They let dogs go for a swim when the pool is being drained for the day.
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Ticks are here to stay Here’s how to get rid of these summer pests, and avoid them in the first place
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By Misty Pratt
Lurking under leaf piles and in tall grasses, the blacklegged tick population is growing in Ottawa. Carried north on migratory birds and mammals, ticks are more than just a nuisance to the local deer population. These tiny arachnids also host a number of diseases – the most well-known being Lyme disease. The proportion of ticks carrying the infection in Ottawa is around 20 per cent, which is the threshold for determining whether an area is “at risk.” However, at-risk areas can be localized based on different types of habitat within the city. Dr. Manisha Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She studies tick populations in Eastern Ontario using satellite imagery and other spatial data, and creates risk maps for the region. “The ticks seem to have spread… along certain environmental corridors which we’re trying to characterize, and into the western part of the city,” says Dr. Kulkarni. Her research lab also tests ticks for infection in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health
(OPH.) Although it’s fairly recent that Ottawa has been deemed an “at-risk” area, Dr. Marie Matheson has been sounding the alarm for much longer. Dr. Matheson is a Naturopathic Doctor that treats patients for Lyme and associated infections at her clinic at Carling and Kirkwood. “I call [ticks] nature’s dirty needle,” says Dr. Matheson. A whole list of infections can be passed on to humans through tick bites – Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesia, Bartonella and Powassan virus to name just a few. These diseases can be devastating to those infected, which is why OPH and other professionals are making an effort to educate residents. Although some residents are getting bitten while at the cottage or hiking in forests, there are a number of cases of ticks being found in backyards and local parks. Thankfully there are precautions that people can take to greatly reduce their risk of being bitten. “I always tell my kids we’re like little red riding hood – we have to take the long way around,” says Dr. Matheson. Instead of taking the shorcut through the tall grass, stick to
Don’t forget to check your dog’s ears when looking for ticks.
gravel paths or well-maintained lawns. Ticks love damp environments, so clean up those leaf piles and mow the grass. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid risky areas, and Dr. Matheson certainly does not advise staying inside. “I have a cottage, and I don’t live in fear,” she says. Outdoor enthusiasts should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, do “tick checks” before entering the house, and use a lint roller to pick off tiny ticks that are hard to spot. “If we look at the epidemiology of Lyme disease there’s a peak in children between 5 and 15 years old, and then there’s another peak in older adults
between 50 and 60 years old,” says Dr. Kulkarni. It’s hard to tell children to stop romping in the grass, and retired adults are spending more time gardening or hiking. These groups may want to consider additional precautions, such as a repellant or showering as soon as they return home (the water will wash off the ticks before they attach.) Pets are another issue, and dogs are often bringing ticks into the home. Dr. Chris Elder at Bayview Animal Hospital recommends a medication that prevents ticks from hitching a ride. Owners can also do tick checks and brush their dogs off before coming in from a walk. Be sure to read up on proper tick removal procedures. Ticks should not be lit on fire, doused with alcohol or essential oils, or pulled out with fingers. The only way to properly remove a tick is using flat-edged tweezers or a tick key, which can be purchased at local stores. Residents are encouraged to keep the tick and call 311 about testing. Treatment for tick bites depends on the length of time the tick has been attached, and it’s important to seek medical advice. When it comes to ticks, one thing is for certain – these little bugs are here to stay. It’s time for Ottawa residents to get educated and play safe.
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Canadians have a $31 billion food waste problem and teacher-turnedentrepreneur, Valerie Leloup, is determined to tackle it. After embracing a zero-waste lifestyle a year and a half ago, she is opening Ottawa’s first zero-waste concept store, Nu Grocery, right in the heart of Hintonburg. “One of the aspects of a zero-waste lifestyle is you change the way you do grocery shopping. So you stay away from single-use packaging and you consume in a way that creates less waste and doesn’t impact the environment negatively – or you to try to at least.” With zero-waste shopping, you bring your own containers to the store and fill them with the bulk product(s) that you need. For Valerie, that was the easy part. The challenge was finding everything she needed in one place, often heading to five or six different destinations to purchase sustainably, and sometimes having to convince store owners of what she was doing. Although other big box stores like Bulk Barn have introduced the zero waste concept for some products, Nu Grocery will be the first of its kind in this city, and even in Ontario, with 1700-square feet of one-stop-shopping. “We’ll be leaving out meat and fish, but other than that we’re trying to offer everything including produce, dairy and cheeses, dry products, prepared foods, condiments, cleaning and beauty products – and I could go on!” Two main principles are behind her concept: get rid of plastic, and source local. “There will be no plastic packaging
at all.” Dry products will go in paper bags and wet products in jars, which will be available for a small deposit if they don’t have their own. Valerie is also sourcing local goods wherever possible, noting an additional benefit. She says the bigger national suppliers are not set up for a zero-waste concept, but with smaller, local companies, she can start to introduce the change. “You say to suppliers ok, deliver to me in reusable containers and when the next order comes, you take back the containers and clean them and reuse them and create a circular economy. This you can only do with a local supplier.” Zero-waste shopping is great for the environmentally conscious consumer, but what about cost? Valerie says it can, in fact, be cheaper to buy at a zero-waste store like Nu Grocery. “The general rule is that a product in bulk is cheaper than the same product packaged. The price difference really depends on how sophisticated the product is.” She uses the example that oatmeal is 20% cheaper when bought in bulk. But she is also going to carry higher quality, natural goods that aren’t chemically processed and full of preservatives. “I think as a society we need to move to buying less and better quality.” For Valerie, the concept essentially advances what many people do already, by taking reusable bags to the grocery store. “It’s not more complicated. It’s just different.” Her model is based on successful shops in Europe. But she has had to
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Algonquin College for entrepreneurs who are making a positive contribution to the community. This came before she had an announcement date, or even had revealed the location. Valerie, who came to Canada from France in 2003 and moved to Ottawa in 2006, is also a full-time teacher at Lisgar Collegiate. She researched a number of possible locations in the city but ultimately landed on Hintonburg. “I chose Hintonburg for demographic reasons because I believe it’s a great neighbourhood for a concept like this, with a high percentage of millennials and people who care about sustainability. It had the right criteria I was looking for in an ideal location.” Although she is still navigating permits, suppliers and all of the details that come with launching a brand new business, Valerie is targeting the end of July to hang her “open” sign at 1140 Wellington St. W., next door to Stella Luna.
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A purr-fect spot to enjoy a coffee Hintonburg’s Feline Café is open Story and photo by Jacob Hoytema
Perhaps the most effective way to make an afternoon coffee even more relaxing is to pair it with a visit with a friendly animal companion. And that’s exactly the allure of Feline Café, a new Hintonburg coffee shop where patrons can take their drink while scratching the ears of one of the in-house cats. In the few weeks since the café first launched, the new establishment has gone from an eagerly awaited curiosity spot to a hit local business. “People just came here with new expectations trying to figure out what it was,” says Josée Cyr, the Feline Café’s owner and founder. “People are starting to get the experience.” The collective hype amongst Ottawa’s cat
Feline Café owner and founder Josée Cyr sits with Bella the cat in the cat-visiting section of the café.
lovers has translated into high traffic for the café and a boost for some local cat-centred NGOs.
Before founding the business, Josée researched similar establishments in other cities. Some, she found, chose
to keep a few cats as full-time residents who could interact with customers but never leave the shop. Others used the business to showcase a rotation of stray or shelter cats up for adoption. Josée chose the latter — and it’s making a big difference for some local cat shelters. Since opening on May 10, Feline Café has already found homes for 11 cats. This not only cleaned out the Café’s roster of available cats, but also that of their supplier Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, with whom Josée used to volunteer. As a result, she has had to approach a second rescue organization, Cherish Cat Rescue, to find more cats for the coffee shop. (But don’t worry, there are still cats available for cuddling!) “I was expecting to definitely get some
adoptions within the first week, but it was a little bit more than I anticipated,” Josée says. The café has been so popular at times that the staff has had to develop a waitlist system in order to accommodate all the customers who want to visit the cats. There is a limit of ten people allowed in the cat area at a time so that the furry fellows don’t get overwhelmed. She admits that this success may simply be due to a post-opening boom, and that she expects things to slow down in the next few weeks. Josée explains that working with these local charities fits into her desired ethics-centred business model. This approach stretches from the menu, which is all vegan, to the decor, much of
which is made from reclaimed wood by Josée’s friend and local artist, Heather Jeffery of the design firm, Re4m. Josée says it also means being selective about which cat rescue organizations the café works with, choosing shelters that give cats proper veterinary care before they are adopted out. Josée says this is also part of why she chose Hintonburg for her new business. “I’ve worked in this neighbourhood for a few different companies, and it just feels right to me,” she explains. “There’s a lot of businesses around here that are based on ethical consumerism.” The Feline Café is located at 1076 Wellington St. W. Check the website at felinecafeottawa.com for more information, including volunteer opportunities.
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And the band plays on! Music in the Park returns to Dovercourt By Jared Davidson
After an eight-year hiatus, Music in the Park will resume its annual showcase outside Dovercourt Recreation Centre on June 10. The event started as a way to give young people in the Kitchissippi area an opportunity to perform. School bands were invited to Kiwanis Park in Westboro and were given a chance to show off what they’d learned throughout the year. But after 2010, when Westfest began to provide performance space for nearby schools and music training programs, Music in the Park became redundant. Today, Nick Roy of the OttawaCarleton District School Board is helping build the event back into the community by holding it on one of Kiwanis Park’s most vibrant days, which includes the Westboro Garage Sale and a groundbreaking ceremony for Dovercourt’s new addition. “Too often, at a formal concert, it’s only family and friends that show up,” he says. “I can say from experience as a musician that it’s very exciting and gratifying to think that there are new people getting the opportunity to hear your music.” For Nick, that was what was special about Music in the Park: the opportunity to play for strangers. And while Westfest had plenty of strangers, they were not always willing to listen to local youngsters perform on the way to the Sloan concert. He would know. Nick was once a Music in the Park performer himself, and his vision of the event harkens back to the original idea first championed in part
by John Rapp, Executive Director of Dovercourt. “A long time ago a local mom, Carol Lahey, mentioned to me that it was a shame that the whole community didn’t get a chance to see and hear the fabulous musical talent in our local schools,” says John. “We took that as a challenge and Music in the Park was born! It is so cool that one of the kids that performed in that event has grown up, is now a music teacher, and decided that it needs to come back.” Music in the Park is the main event, not a sideshow, and the children are centre stage. This year’s lineup includes Woodroffe High School, Nepean High School, the National Capital Concert Band, and the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band, as well as FivePlusOne, a band out of the Rock University program at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art. That’s a lot of bands to fit in, so the event will begin at 12:30 p.m. The biggest draw – besides the performers of course – will be the chance to spend a few hours in a park, surrounded by friendly people, just listening to music. It certainly beats a stuffy auditorium. “I was hoping to go with a smaller, intimate feel this year compared to the street-side festivals of recent years along Richmond Road,” says Nick. “With the audience getting the chance to relax on the grass and enjoy some great tunes, I’m hoping that the setup will be ideal for drawing the audience in closer to listen!” If this iteration of Music in the Park is anything like those seen years ago, it’ll be a nice afternoon and evening for the whole family.
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One hundred and twenty young leaders from around the world have been selected to participate in an Arctic Expedition with the Students on Ice foundation this summer. I am proud to say that I am among them. On August 8, I will leave my Kitchissippi home bound for Resolute Bay, Nunavut, where I will join a team of polar experts, scientists and educators on a journey through the Canadian High Arctic that will end in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. My journey is being made possible in part by the generous support from my local community with contributions so far from neighbourhood businesses including the Merry Dairy and Purebread Bakery. In addition, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) on Richmond Road has kindly offered me the use of its premises on Saturday, June 10. I will be hosting a fundraising bake sale starting at 9 a.m. I invite you to attend to support my role in this expedition. I am a passionate environmentalist and I am currently working towards a specialist certification in environmental studies at Nepean High School. I recently had the chance to represent my school at the 2016 Canada Youth Climate Action conference in Ottawa where I met Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. It was there that I first heard about Students on Ice, a registered charity whose mandate is educating the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions. The foundation seeks to inspire youth to drive initiatives that contribute to global sustainability.
Going to Dovercourt is a highlight of my son’s day, and the counsellors are the reason for that. They are the heart and soul of the Afterschool Program. The Dovercourt counsellors have proven to be formidable role models and mentors for my son, as well as vibrant entertainers and teachers. They are bright, energetic and knowledgeable, and clearly love what they do. That is evident in the child-centred programming they implement and the warm support they give the children in their care. When I signed up my son with the Dovercourt Aftercare Program I thought I was merely sending him to a fun place. Little did I know that I was sending him to a second home.
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Dovercourt’s Afterschool Program Afterschool care shouldn’t be an afterthought. For children whose day doesn’t end with the school bell, it’s essential that they have a place to go that is safe, fun and welcoming – a place that feels like home after a long day at school. For many in Ottawa’s west end, that place is Dovercourt. WORK THOSE LITTLE MINDS AND BODIES As a well-established and innovative community recreation centre, Dovercourt is able to provide varied and
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Dovercourt is a not-forprofit, social enterprise? All profits generated go directly back into programming and operations. If there’s one thing Dovercourt is known for, it’s quality programming, and the Afterschool Program is no exception. Because Dovercourt serves such a broad community, both geographically and demographically, the Afterschool program provides an invaluable advantage that is rarely found in other after school care options: community connectedness. Various ages and stages cross paths. Neighbours who didn’t know they were neighbours intersect. Lifelong friendships are forged. Some children who attend Dovercourt may even one day call Dovercourt their first employer, when they
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JUNE 10 - PROSE IN THE PARK LITERARY FESTIVAL The Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival begins at 11 a.m. on June 10 in Parkdale Park, and finishes at 6 p.m. This beautiful outdoor day of readings, panel discussions and book buying is the high point of Ottawa’s literary calendar. Mayor Jim Watson will open the festival at noon. At 2 p.m., we will announce the winner of the Frank Hegyi Award, Canada’s newest national literary prize. Meet Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels, Stephen Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis, FranceQuebec Prize winner Catherine Leroux and many more outstanding writers. For details, visit proseinthepark.com. JUNE 10 - WESTBORO BEACH COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Westboro Beach Garage Sale is neighbourhood-wide, and is taking place June 10 from 8 a.m. to 1.p.m. (Rain date is June 11.) Look for households from Remic Avenue and north of the Transitway to the Ottawa River. Treasures are cash only please! For information contact email@example.com. JUNE 10 - THE WILD WILD WESTBORO GARAGE SALE The Wild Wild WESTboro Garage Sale is happening from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 10, in Westboro Kiwanis Park at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. (No rain date.) This fundraiser supports the Westboro Community Association. There’s a bouncy house too! For more information, or to book a table, go to dovercourt.org. JUNE 10 - ABORIGINAL STORYTELLING WITH LOUISE PROFEIT-LEBLANC Traditional Aboriginal storyteller Louise Profeit-Leblanc will warm your imagination with stories for all ages. This drop-in program is happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 am. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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JUNE 10 - OFFICIAL CELEBRATION OF WINSTON CHANDELIER The City of Ottawa invites residents to attend the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a recentlyinstalled public art sculpture that was commissioned for the Winston Place Plaza development project. Winston Square is at the south end of Winston Avenue (between Westboro Legion and DQ along Richmond Road). Saturday, June 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
JUNE 15 - THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD Please join the Ottawa-Gatineau Grandmothers Advocacy Network at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave.) on June 15 for an informative and entertaining evening on education on sub-Saharan Africa, seen through drama, storytelling, and music. 7-9 p.m. Free will offering accepted. JUNE 15 - HCA DISABILITY IN THE WORKPLACE EVENT Hintonburg Community Association is partnering with Ottawa Workers’ Rights law firm, Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP, to hold a free legal talk about disability in the workplace from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 15 at the Hintonburg Community Centre (104 Wellington St.W.) . Randy Slepchik & Dina Mashayekhi, lawyers of the firm, will be speaking about employee privacy with regards to medical information, an employer’s duty to accommodate disabilities in the workplace, as well as accessing disability benefits. Following the discussion, they will be taking general questions from the audience (it is important to understand that they cannot provide legal advice in this session with respect to anyone’s specific circumstances). The event is open to the general public. JUNE 17 - FATHER’S DAY DANCE There will be a Classic Country Barn Dance at the Westboro Legion (389 Richmond Rd.) in the main hall with Doug and Pam Champagne. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bar and canteen will be open. Wear your best country outfit and dancing shoes. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. We welcome all fathers to this event but especially members of our Armed Forces. Tickets are available in the upstairs bar at the Westboro Legion. Join us for the fun of it. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. JUNE 17 - SPRING FESTIVAL, IONA PARK Hampton-Iona Park Community Association will be hosting a Spring Festival in Iona Park. This will take place rain or shine, starting at 10.00 a.m. and feature our “new” Fieldhouse and our park garden. As part of Canada Garden Days, from June 9-18, this will be our activity for “Ottawa Garden Days” to enjoy our garden culture with family and friends. Food and beverages will be available.
JUNE 11 - FIRST UNITARIAN CONGREGATION OF OTTAWA OPEN HOUSE The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa invites you to an open house to celebrate 50 years in our beautiful building at 30 Cleary Ave. on Sunday, June 11 from noon to 3 p.m. Join us for free entertainment, guided tours and refreshments, For more information contact 613-7251066.
JUNE 17 - BIG ART AND PLANT SALE IN WESTBORO Affordable artwork and jewellery by local artists and a great selection of plants, books, treasures, home baking, and our friendly café at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (470 Roosevelt Ave.) on Saturday June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
JUNE 15 - ESTATE PLANNING WITH JOHN KITCHER The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Financial Literacy program will host a presentation on Estate Planning, for anyone who wants to create a plan for how to distribute assets during their life or at their death. Presented by John Kitcher, CFA, CPA, CA, a Financial Advisor with Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network and an Investment Fund Advisor with Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
BICYCLE Join Dr. Chandan Brar from Activate Chiropractic to explore the power of this humble but timeless innovation: he will be discussing how you can incorporate biking into your life as a low impact method to keep you healthy and keep your joints mobile. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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JUNE 24 - ABOVE & BEYOND TOASTMASTERS CLUB’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Hear one of our Charter Members give her inspirational
keynote address as she takes us down memory lane. In addition, founding members, and past presidents will share their memories. Terrific Table Topics will add to the fun, and there will be plenty of time along the way to reconnect with old friends, make new and CELEBRATE! Saturday June 24, at 6 p.m., 75 Cleary Ave. Cost is $25 and includes a sumptuous buffet, celebratory cake made by one of our members, beverage, gratuity and tip. Activities include 50/50 and Door Prizes. Reserve your ticket by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. JUNE 26 – HOW TO TAKE BETTER VACATION PHOTOS Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your vacations through pictures. Also, learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of “being there” when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday June 26 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. JUNE 27 - SUMMER FLOWER SHOW The Ottawa Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show will be taking place June 27. Come and hear about Front Yard Edibles from Jordon Bouchard of Just Food Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Ave). OCTOBER 21 - NEPEAN HS CLASS OF ‘67 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION Members of the Nepean HS Class of 1967 are organizing a Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion, to be held at Nepean High School on Broadview Ave on Saturday, October 21, 2017. All grade 12 and 13 graduates from 1967 and classmates who graduated after grade 12 in 1966 are invited to come back and relive memories of their high school days, meet their former classmates and mingle with current staff and students. For more detailed information, please visit the reunion web site: https://sites. google.com/site/nepean67reunion/welcome-1 CAMP AWESOME IS LOOKING FOR CAMPERS This one-week long day camp from July 24- 28 offers a fun-filled program for children 4 to 12 at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr. behind the Royal Ottawa).The program includes outdoor play, stories, songs, crafts and snacks. The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-camp and post-camp care is also offered. The cost for the week is $80 (some subsidized spots are available). For more information and camp registration forms please go to www.kitchissippiuc.com/what-we-offer/ camp-awesome or contact Camp Coordinator, Kirsten Gracequist at email@example.com or call 613722-7254. All are welcome! WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and 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. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613725-2778.
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