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Anna-Karina Tabuñar is raising funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
A force to be reckoned with Kitchissippi comes together to plan fundraiser
Story and photos by Andrea Tomkins
When Kitchissippi resident, veteran broadcast journalist and communications strategist Anna-Karina Tabuñar saw the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan she knew she had to do something, but she felt that writing a cheque just wasn’t going to be enough. “I saw all those images, and I
thought, what do I do? I realized that a cheque is a drop in the bucket. The need is enormous,” says Tabuñar. She considered hosting a fundraising dinner, but after she did the math she figured it was “still just a drop in the bucket.” A few phone calls later, she quickly found herself with a team. They decided the answer was a big neighborhood party.
Tabuñar took it upon herself to find the venue. It didn’t take long for that part of the puzzle to be solved. “The Orange Art Gallery was happy to accommodate us,” says Tabuñar. “While I was doing this, Daphne Guerrero – who lives in Hintonburg – was contacting local businesses. She told them we don’t have a date, we don’t have a place, Continued on page 2
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Continued from page 1 but we’re collecting money for the Philippines.” That’s when their modest outreach really started to gather momentum. “People in the neighbourhood offered up services to auction. For instance, $500 of personal fitness training from Modus Vivendi Crossfit. And we had nothing to show except our good will. And so now we’re at the point we have a venue, a date, and a time. And I’ve got about a dozen volunteers, just like that. I’m in awe.” Tabuñar has family in the Philippines – not in the affected areas – but friends of family are there. Watching the news has been an impossible task. “You can’t get away from the images,” says Tabuñar. “I haven’t watched television since Monday (November 11). For me, this is almost therapeutic. It’s better for me to be channeling my energy into something that energizes me and makes me happy and restores my faith, and makes me so proud to live in this neighbourhood.” Her fundraising event has been dubbed the Holiday Block Party for the Philippines, and it will be taking place on Tuesday, December 3 from 4:30 p.m.8:00 p.m. at the Orange Art Gallery at 23 Armstrong Street. “This will be the holiday party, to get everyone in the spirit of giving,” says Tabuñar. “It’s going to be a fantastic holiday block party, because it’s really the whole block, the whole neighbourhood coming together.” “This is one of the best communities in the world,” says Tabuñar. “We truly are neighbours. We are a community, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s people helping people, families helping other families. We really are this tiny army, with huge vision and heart. It has attracted so much energy and good will.” Everything for the event has been donated, right down to graphic design (Butter and Honey Graphics) and poster printing (Gilmore Printing Services). Tabuñar is thrilled that local businesses have responded so warmly to her requests. “Businesses have told us they’re happy to Tweet it out and share it on Facebook,” says Tabuñar. “So my simple request is going to get magnified a thousandfold because of these businesses with big hearts.” She’s hoping to raise $25,000 at the event, a sum that will be matched by
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Unicef and the Government of Canada. Tickets are $25 each and include Filipino-style nibbles, live music, surprise door prizes, and a silent auction. Items for auction include hotel stays, self-pampering treats, and original art. Local artist Andrew King has donated a sketch of the Elmdale Tavern, and one local chef is auctioning off a four-course gourmet meal - with food - for ten people. (You’ll have to come out and see who it is.) It’s been an incredible amount of work, but Tabuñar has had no problem staying motivated. “As tired as I am from working the phones and having to juggle all these balls in the air, I am energized,” she laughs. Her little “army” of volunteers feel the same way. “They’re super charged. Right now all of the sadness, the devastation and the feelings of helplessness are pushed aside by this amazing event.” Despite the magnitude of the devastating typhoon, the outpouring of support and the desire to help has restored Tabuñar’s faith in humanity. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I am just astounded. When you have the intention to do something good, people will help you,” says Tabuñar. “There’s no limit to human kindness. And that’s what I’ve seen.” For tickets and more information go to www.blocklove.ca.
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A new way to deliver food hampers for families in need
Story by Andrea Tomkins
The Caring and Sharing Exchange has introduced a new initiative as part of their nearly century old Christmas Exchange Program. Starting this holiday season, members of the Ottawa community can now deliver Christmas directly to local individuals and families in need through the new sponsor-a-hamper program. Sponsors are able to purchase supplies for a hamper, pack it themselves, and deliver it directly to a family in need. “We are very excited about the addition of this program,” said Cindy Smith, Executive Director of the Caring and Sharing Exchange. “This is a very tangible and per-
sonal way for people to give back to the community during the holiday season and with the Exchange’s unique Co-ordination Service all donors can rest assured that there is no duplication of service.” The Caring and Sharing Exchange provides Christmas assistance to individuals and families in the form of a food hamper or redeemable gift voucher. Last year, the organization’s Christmas Exchange program received requests for assistance from close to 25,000 individuals, 750 of whom were from the Kitchissippi area. Despite the generosity of the Ottawa community, they were only able to provide assistance to less than half of those who asked for help, leaving thousands to go without.
This is what a medium-sized hamper for a family of 3- 5 people looks like: • 14 oz can of green peas, or green/yellow beans • Can of cranberries • Box of stuffing • Can of hot chocolate, or coffee or tea • Cookies or other dessert • 1 lb of butter • 2 lb bag of carrots • 5 lb bag of potatoes • 2 lb bag of onions • Loaf of bread • 1 litre of 2% milk • Bag of fresh oranges or clementines, or a bag of fresh apples • 18 – 22 lb Turkey • Foil pan for roasting the turkey
“We hope that by offering our supporters another way to give, we will be able to assist more people this year,” said Smith. “This is a way of giving back that allows for a family, business, team or group to get involved and to be assured that 100% of their support goes right into direct assistance.” Because this organization receives such a large number of requests each year, it allows the sponsor-a-hamper program to offer donors the option of choosing the size of family they would like to make a hamper for. This ranges from an individual or two-person household, to families of 6 or more. It also allows donors to have the option of making a hamper for seniors. “Last year, more than ten percent of those we assisted were seniors,” said Smith. “We feel that giving donors the option of choosing to support a senior or seniors in need will be one of the things that make our hamper program unique.” If you would like to register to sponsor a hamper (or hampers!) this holiday season, please fill out the online registration form on the Caring and Sharing Exchange’s website at www.CaringandSharing. ca, or e-mail email@example.com for more information. The Caring and Sharing Exchange also accepts monetary donations online in order to help provide direct food assistance.
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KT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Remembering Dear Editor: Remembrance Day is a very important day for our students to reflect and hear stories about the brave Canadians who protected our country. Ariel Wilbur, a student who attends our Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool came to school on Remembrance Day holding his great-grandfather’s medals. There are six medals: 1. The 1939-1945 Star 2. The France and Germany Star 3. The Defence Medal 4. The Voluntary Service Medal 5. The 1939-1945 Medal 6. Anniversary D-Day Medal awarded in June 1994 by the French government Ari’s great-grandfather (aka “Poppa”), R. Gordon Humphries (Ari’s second name, Gordon, is in his honour), joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939. He commanded HMCS LCI 115, which was one of the first ships to land troops on Juno beach on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. Poppa passed away in September this year, and Ariel’s dad, Matt Wilbur was permitted to take his medals with him when he went out for his funeral. Matt Wilbur and Dina Schneider, who live on
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KT EARLY DAYS We’re very happy to introduce a new local history column by Bob Grainger. Bob is a retired federal public servant who discovered an 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. Welcome aboard Bob!
Late nights at “the Troc” Dancing, drinking, and eventual demolition Story by Bob Grainger
On a good day in the summer of 2013, the beach at Westboro attracts scores, if not hundreds of people. But in the past, in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the beach attracted great crowds as well, and on a year-round basis. In the 1920s, the local residents got together and constructed an open-air dance platform using materials that were salvaged from the shoreline. This dance platform was the centre of many festive occasions in the good summer weather. The 1930s saw the arrival of Sam Ford, a local resident who saw great commercial potential in the beach, and he started to buy the six lots that made up the beach area. His first project was to build his house – on the rise of land on your right hand side as you emerge from under the Parkway on your way to the water. On the left-hand side, on what is now a grassy slope much beloved of sun worship-
pers, Sam built the Trocadero Dance Hall on the same site as open-air dance platform. Sam knew that two things were important to the dancers of that era – a good floor, with a bit of “give” and “bounce” – and good music. The Trocadero supplied both in spades. During the 1930s and the early 1940s, there was a great deal of interest in jazz music and dancing, and there were a number of dance halls around the region. They each had to work hard to attract and maintain the loyalty of dancers. No alcohol was served in these places, but a considerable amount was consumed, as the dancers would buy mix from the dance hall and retire to the parking lot to add some alcohol in the privacy of their cars. The presence of alcohol frequently lead to altercations, and one of the favourite Saturday night activities of the teenage neighbourhood crowd was to go “down to the Troc and watch
the fights.” Dancers paid an entrance fee to get in to the Trocadero and then someone had to feed the jukebox. Those who had no money would wait for someone else to pay. With the good floor and the good music, the Trocadero did quite well, particularly on Sundays when the dance halls inside the Ottawa city limits were required to close; the Trocadero, being in Nepean Township at the time, could stay open. There were Saturday night dance parties all year round, even in the cold of winter. On the weekends, especially in the summer, a local group of musicians would provide live music. Dance contests were a common feature of the weekends, offering a chance for the really good dancers to demonstrate their skills. Usually, the dance contest would consist of three different dances – the foxtrot, the waltz and the jitterbug. The winner would be decided by the
Oscar “Chin” Crete and Betsy Dubue dancing in the Trocadero, circa 1940. (Notice the jukebox in the background, although might be hard to tell given the age of this photograph.) Photo courtesy of Louis Diriger
applause of the crowd. With the end of the war in 1945, the Federal District Commission (the forerunner to the National Capital Commission) re-started its plans for a network of parkways around the city. The properties along the shore of the Ottawa River, including Sam Ford’s home, his three rental cottages and the Trocadero, were scheduled for expropriation and demolition to make room for the Ottawa River Parkway. Sam Ford’s property was originally appraised in early 1948, with the evaluators noting that: “the Buildings were
apparently erected by amateur builders.” Negotiations continued over many months, but the end was inevitable. Sam agreed to a price in 1951. The three cottages were rented for another half-dozen years (because of the post-war housing shortage); the Trocadero was abandoned by all but local youngsters and finally demolished in early 1957. It was an ignominious ending for a facility that had brought so much life to the community. Do you have memories of the Troc? Or a related photo or story to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your emails to email@example.com.
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Physical fitness is important to us all. It is especially important to those who have disabilities or those with barriers to accessing programs to better or maintain good health. Volunteers can make the difference. Westboro is an inclusive neighbourhood. Elmwood Lodge sits on one of its shady, quiet streets. The large house was once home to a doctor and his family. Many years ago, it became a lodge for 26 women, each having some form of mental health challenge. Elmwood Lodge is one of the City of Ottawa’s “domiciliary hostels.” Roundthe-clock staff ensures that the women have room, board, supervision of medication, and assistance with activities of daily living. Some of the women who live there work, take the bus, visit their friends, go to restaurants, and participate in social/recreational programs and go out into the community. Westboro and the surrounding area know the house and many of the residents and have welcomed those who do venture out. Unfortunately not all of the ladies are able to come and go. Age, disability, economic challenges, lack of transportation and/or social supports are just some of the things that limit their access. The staff has taken proactive steps to see that the women have a good quality of life. Recently they welcomed Gidget, a Pomeranian pooch, to their world with great benefit for 4- and 2-legged residents alike. Recreation programs also help, such as crafts, games and music. What’s needed now is the opportunity to get moving. How do I know so much about Elmwood Lodge and the people who live there? Twenty-nine years ago, I began volunteering with Citizen Advocacy, an organization that matches people with disabilities (protégés) to volunteer ‘advocates’ for friendship and support. Citizen Advocacy will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Ottawa in 2014. CA as always helped me through education and guidance, and given me the encouragement to help my advocate so that she can maintain her physical and mental well-being. I was matched to my protégé, a wonderful woman originally from Eastern Europe, who lives at Elmwood Lodge. During our 29 years of friendship, many good things have come her way, including four grandchildren. However, aging and her disability have taken a toll on her physical health. Lack of exercise has limited her ability to walk and get around. The same holds true for some of the other women. All are in agreement that a regular exercise program would improve their physical and mental well-being. Those at Elmwood are hoping that volunteers could be found to lead the women in a regular, in-house, group exercise program. It is also hoped that volunteers could escort others on short walks around the neighbourhood, which is one of Ottawa’s most ideal places to walk. The ability to become physically active is increasingly important during the long, cold winter months. The journey to better health begins with one small step. Without the assis-
Shelly Ann Morris has been volunteering at Elmwood Lodge for 29 years. Photos by Andrea Tomkins
tance of volunteers, those most in need may not be able to take that small but important first step. If you think that you might like to volunteer to help someone in your neighbourhood to become more active, please call Kristin Vaudrey at 613-729-2398.
“Folks surviving solely on OAS or ODSP are in no position financially to pay for exercise programs. Transportation and the ability to get oneself there also play a factor for those who could take part in community-based programs offered at a reduced rate. For older, infirm or very mentally ill folks, volunteers who can visit them in home are crucial. Simple chair exercises, lively music, simple yoga, walks in the neighbourhood and interaction with someone to brighten up the day or week are beneficial for everyone involved. Giving back to those in need creates a deep rewarding feeling of satisfaction, something money cannot buy. Helping those in need with motivation to exercise and to feel empowered is also a priceless gift. IT’S WIN WIN!” - Kristin Vaudrey, Elmwood Lodge’s Executive Director
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One glance at KT’s Community Calendar (see page 23) reveals that we are in the midst of a full season of church bazaars, flea markets, rummage sales, and craft fairs. They are worth attending. Why? Not only can you nab some great deals in time for the holidays, but you’d also be contributing to the fundraising efforts of a grassroots group or a good cause. Your challenge, should you decide to accept it, is to investigate one or more of the many seasonal bazaars in the Kitchissippi area. Shop, eat, chat with
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KT BRIEFS Thumbs up for Cody! Story and photo by Julie Findlay Cody Sorensen, an Olympic hopeful and member of the Canadian four-man bobsled team, took the time to speak with Woodroffe Public Avenue students on November 6. It was a quick visit to his hometown before returning to train with his fellow team members in Calgary. Cody’s goal is to reach the podium at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Among the things he talked about with the kids were the importance of play, setting goals, learning from your disappointments, never losing your vision, and most importantly,
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up at the end of his race, thanking them for their support. Go Cody! We will be cheering for you, your team, and your sled named Moose. To learn more about Cody and the Canadian athletes in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games go to Olympic.ca.
that there are lots of good reasons to take part in sports. He asked students to watch his race on February 23. He’s promised to give them a thumbs
Guess who’s visiting from the North Pole? Santa and his friends have arrived at Carlingwood Mall. The big guy in red will be in the Centre Court (near People’s Jewellers) until December 24. There will be holiday-themed
face painting and crafting on Saturdays and Sundays. (Check carlingwood.com for specific times.) Carlingwood is also a drop off point for Toy Mountain, so why not make a donation while you’re there? Bring your new, unwrapped toys before December 16 so they can be distributed by the Salvation Army in time for Christmas. For more information about Toy Mountain go to toymountain.ca. Rink help needed The Hampton Iona Community Group will be hiring two or three paid attendants for the skating rink in Iona Park. This position is ideal for high school or university/college students liv-
ing in the neighbourhood who like to skate. Supervised hours are 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on weekends. Applicants must be able to pass a police safety check. The HIAG is also looking for some volunteers to help with the building and maintenance the of the rink. If interested please contact HICG at 613-7259147 or online at www.hamptoniona.ca. Musical coffeehouse for the India Buxton Taylor singing fund India Buxton Taylor was an effervescent and musical 16-year old girl who recently passed away from a unique progressive, degenerative nervous system disorder. Her story garnered a lot of attention and inspired many to action. Thousands of dollars were raised for research into her rare condition. Baobab Youth Performers is hosting a musical coffeehouse on Sunday November 24 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at St George’s Catholic Church (415 Piccadilly Avenue). This event is a fundraiser for the India Buxton Taylor Singing Fund. The afternoon will feature the Nepean High School Choir, individual performances by local youth and West African drumming and dancing by the Baobab Youth. Admission is by donation, and there will be hot and cold drinks and cupcakes for sale, as well as a silent auction and some crafts. India and her family were friends to several in the Baobab Community and their ties in the community were rich and plentiful. In her memory, India’s family is setting up a Singing Fund to benefit children who would like lessons but cannot afford them. For more information call 613729-0987 or go to www. baobabtree.org.
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Ten “best bets” from this year’s Each year, the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Canadian Toy (CTTC) toy report include: Testing Council 1. Stacker truck, Taf Toys (CTTC) tests 2. Bathtub Ball, Begin Again approximately 400 3. Snug as a Bug in a Rug, games, playsets, Peaceable Kingdom dolls, and other toys 4. Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow, to find the best new D&L Company releases of the year. 5. Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box, Mindware On November 5, 6. Sticky Mosaics: dragons, they released their Orb Factory annual list of the top 7. Lego friends: Olivia’s House kid-tested toys and 8. Splat art, Klutz Inc. books, along with 9. Xoomy animal, Ravensburger the 2014 Toy Report. 10. Small World Creative: Build-aToy evaluations Bridge, Small World Toys are based on the The list of award winners, the Isabel Wettlaufer-Wang, 8, experience of chilcomplete 2014 Toy Report, as well dren at play, chil- enjoyed testing the ‘Nerf as information about becoming a toy Rebelle: Heartbreaker Bow’ dren like Westboro’s testing family, is available online at this summer. Photo by Maléa Edwards, 6. www.toy-testing.org. Christine Wettlaufer “Testing toys makes me think more about the toy, what er Thomas loved the anticipation of I’m doing, how I’m playing with it, and receiving new toys to test and discovered why I like it,” Maléa says. new kinds of play they had not tried With only one toy-testing season under before. her belt, she is already developing the Westboro’s Isabel Wettlaufer-Wang, critical thinking and analytical skills that 8, said she enjoyed the process because the CTTC fosters with their mission of “it is fun work. It makes me feel good to ‘learning through play’. be playing for a reason.” Champlain Park’s Shelbi K.S., 14, has Member families pay an annual fee of been testing toys since she was a baby. $35 and are guaranteed to test at least Along with her three siblings, she is part three toys during the May-August testing of the Council’s longest standing testing period. Most get more – Isabel tested 16 family (19 years!) and one of six testing toys and 10 books this summer. families in Kitchissippi. Toy testers have toys for a period of six “It’s always a good experience,” she to eight weeks, which Isabel says is “just says. “I get to try new toys and we do the right period” for enjoying a toy before more things as a family, like games and getting bored of it. crafts.” At the end of the testing period, testing The CTTC distributes toys to approxi- families return the toy to the CTTC along mately 200 families in the National with a completed questionnaire that covCapital Region who have kids ranging ers areas of assembly, design, function, from zero to 16. The volunteer-run char- play value, durability and safety. ity also makes sure that each toy is tested Maléa enjoyed working with her by kids in the target age group. mother to complete the evaluations. Like Shelbi says that she is now mostly test- many testers, she takes pride in her voling books and games, although she still unteer role and responsibilities and takes gets a few of her favorites – arts and crafts her job seriously. projects. Isabel understands that her evaluations Hampton Park’s Alexandra Bean, 4, make their way to toy manufacturers. tested 12 toys this summer, most of “It’s nice to give our feedback on which were playsets and dolls. Her what we like and don’t like,” says her favourite toy was Colour-a-Cape mom, Christine Wettlaufer. “We’re Princess, a craft project that had her smarter shoppers now,” she adds, saying colouring a satin-trimmed fabric cape, that through testing they have gained a which has now become her top dress-up better understanding of which toys have accessory. staying power and which ones just end Alexandra and her six-year-old broth- up on the shelf.
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Doris Jenkins, formally of Richmond road, attends Remembrance Day ceremonies on behalf of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. Photos by Kate Settle
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Despite chilly temperatures, mixed with rain and snow, the Westboro community gathered at the local cenotaph to pay tribute to our veterans on Remembrance Day. The Westboro Legion hosted the annual ceremonies on November 11, starting with a parade – featuring veterans and the sea, army and air cadets band – that marched from the legion to the cenotaph. Approximately two hundred people came together to watch the service, which started with a performance by students at Churchill Alternative School. The event also included a wreath laying by veterans and Westboro legion branch members, as well as Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of the city. Brent Craig, of the Westboro Legion, was the master of ceremonies and said remembering and honouring veterans goes beyond just one day. “Although this is Remembrance Week throughout Canada, we will continue to honour and remember the sacrifices which have been made every day of the year,” he said. Craig added that the service pays tribute to veterans, but also to the ones closest to them. “We remember not only the men and women who fought for our country, but the many loved ones and friends who
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Paying tribute to our veterans
Wreaths adorn the Cenotaph in Westboro for the Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Sargent at Arms of the Westboro Legion, Keith Brown observes the ceremony at the Westboro Cenotaph.
Members of the 211 Kiwanis Air Cadets, sponsored by the Westboro Legion, are inspected in preparation for the parade.
Member of the Westboro Legion, Orrin Kerr, leads cadets in the Remembrance Day parade.
Members of the Ottawa Fire Fighters band brave the rain to accompany the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Westboro Cenotaph.
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Nip and a tuck Piggy Market scheduled to close for two months â€œTheyâ€™re the ones who built the kitchen in the back corner,â€? explains Neil. â€œThe The Piggy Market is getting a facelift on interior walls have never worked for us, their fifth anniversary. and weâ€™ve been working around them The Piggy Marketâ€™s owners, Dave Neil since we opened. To say the least, our and Warren Sutherland, have announced space is confusing for customers. We need that they will be closing their doors in to take a break to make it the way we order to renovate. wanted it to be in the beginning. During â€œThe business has evolved quite a bit the break, it will give us a chance to focus over the past five on labeling, to years, and we feel make it easier for weâ€™re at the point customers as now where our well,â€? he says. space has to evolve The counter to meet the expandand cooler will ed product line,â€? stretch all the way says Neil. across the new Theyâ€™ll be going space, and new full tilt until 6:00 shelves will better p.m. on December showcase local 31. Any fresh foods products. left in the store will Some of the be donated to the changes that are local food bank. taking place at After the doors Piggy Market have close on New Yearâ€™s been planned in Eve they will advance of the remain closed for implementation of two months while Winston Square, the interior is transwhich was formed. designed to honTheir goal is to our veterans and provide a more provide a public concise feel to the space along store and to better Richmond Road service their clienat Winston Dave Neil, co-owner of Westboroâ€™s Piggy Market, tele. Avenue, adjacent â€œWe are looking is more than ready to renovate. to the Westboro forward to refreshLegion. ing our storefront, and are planning a Although work is yet to begin, accordgrand re-opening party for April 4, 2014,â€? ing to the Councillorâ€™s office, this small says Neil. â€œAs always, our store focus urban park is still a go and scheduled to be remains on local, sustainable food, and completed in the spring. being a part of the Ottawa food commuPiggy Market will be adding outdoor nity.â€? seating as part of their renovation to fit The drop ceiling will be removed, as with the new vision of this little corner of well as some of the interior walls. The Westboro. front of the store will change as well. â€œThe front will be totally redone, and Youâ€™re Invited one side will be a platform so thereâ€™ll be Neil and Sutherland adopted the space, which brought its own set of challenges room for some tables and chairs,â€? says because of the way it was laid out. Neil. For many years this was the location of When they reopen, Piggy Market will Simply Wood, a shop that made and sold also be offering new butchery and sausagewooden furniture. In 2007, part of it was making classes. hived off for the Westboro Market, a groâ€œWeâ€™re expanding our take-home seleccer that provided customers with fresh tions as well,â€? says Neil. â€œYou can come in produce, dairy, grocery items, Look pastries, if you uncertainties donâ€™t wantand tomake cook. Every Monday beyond short-term smart investment decisions that will help will you achieve your long-term financial goals.and baking, and take home items. The Piggy there be a meal plan for the week, For decades, Edward Jones has been committed to providing Let us show you ways to help: Market took over part of that space five you can pick it up hot at 5:30. It personalized investment service to individuals, including: will be years ago. ready to go.â€? â€˘Increase the growth potential of your portfolio Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
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Residents review Scott Street plans at final meeting City presents last draft of Scott Street Community Design Plan
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Residents had mixed emotions as they had one more chance to view and comment on the Scott Street Community Design Plan (CDP) before it goes to Planning Committee on December 10. “It could have been a hell of a lot worse, but we’ll see how it goes,” says Wayne Rodney, who sits on the board of directors for the Hintonburg Community Association. Rodney and fellow residents
viewed the plans at the Hintonburg Community Centre on November 13, and provided feedback to city officials. Ultimately, the CDP will guide development as the area prepares for light rail transit (LRT). The plans affect residents living around Scott Street from Western Avenue to Bayview, parts of Hintonburg and Wellington Village, and Mechanicsville. Among the plans, the city is proposing heights of up to 25 storeys on the corner of Parkdale
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Sandra Wilby, a Mechanicsville resident, says her neighbourhood has been asking for improvements to the park for a long time. “The park is great,” she says. “The kids will love it.” The new park will include features like a community garden, offleash dog area, and new basketball court. Walby adds that she’s happy to see the CDP begin to be finalized. “I think it’s a good idea,” she says. “Something has to be sorted out, and this is a way of sorting it out.” However, some residents are reluctant about the height proposals in their neighbourhoods. Joanne Pasieka and Sandy Cavanagh live close to Holland and Scott in Wellington Village, where the plan proposes up to four storeys nearby. “There are a lot of old houses that are now in the dark because of development,” Pasieka says, adding she feels a bit “cynical” about the new height proposals. Rodney says he’s not as concerned about buildings as high as 10 to 12 storeys close to transit – but more concerned about buildings that could go higher. “I don’t like the idea of 19 or 25 storeys,” he says, adding that even four storeys can make an impact on a neighbourhood. “I have four storeys in my backyard, and I didn’t complain when they did it. But when I see it now, I’m not going to have any privacy.” In addition to some heights, Rodney also says the plan should include moving green space on Scott Street across the street from the transitway to the front of residents’ homes. “That would give a buffer from the street,” he says. “If all that green space was moved over, it would be perfect. They’re spending billions anyways, why not do it now before all these buildings get built?” The public still has time to view the plans before it goes to Planning Committee on December 10. The CDP is available at: ottawa.ca/scottstreetcdp.
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Amy Hannah, the principal of Connaught Public School, is hoping Kitchissippi residents will cast their support behind an initiative that may result in much-needed improvements to the school’s kindergarten play yard, but only if they win. The Aviva Community Fund is an annual competition in which several national winning ideas across Canada share a $1 million prize. To date, Aviva Canada has provided more than $3.5 million in funding to 42 charities and community groups across the country. It’s Hannah’s first time taking this route to find funding. “If it only takes a second for people to vote, and if we can get a whole new play structure out of this, my goodness… why wouldn’t we do it,” says Hannah. Hannah is hoping for 2,000 daily votes, but it’s been tough getting the word out. Connaught is currently on the third round of voting, which ends on November 25. People can vote once a day for the duration of the contest. It only takes a moment to register an account in order to vote. (Voters can skip this step by voting via their Facebook account as well.) Hannah admits that the technology involved may be “a bit of a barrier”
for some of the local families, but she’s hoping that for others, the effort is worth it. “A playground structure is tens of thousands of dollars,” says Hannah. “I requested a proposal of $100,000-$150,000. There’s a lot of traffic on that yard, and that play structure is very old. I’d love for there to be some green space. Part of the proposal is for an outdoor classroom, so even on the weekends families can come and use it.” Hannah also hopes to find a way to bring some much-needed shade to the yard. “It’s so important to have a welcoming outdoor space,” says Hannah. “If the philosophy behind full-day kindergarten and all-day learning is play-based learning, it’s imperative. It’s everything. And for some of our children that have different struggles financially, this is an opportunity for them to be exposed to the outdoors, and parks, learn how to self-regulate and learn from their peers.” There are a number of ways to win funding in the Aviva Community Fund. In addition to the grand prizes, the Broker Prize, and an At-Risk-Youth Prize, every idea that is voted into the finals will take home a minimum of $5,000. To win a share of the Aviva
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Five things you should know Moe Attallah: restauranteur, philanthropist
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“I never knew I was getting older. I kept on going. People would ask me how long have you been in Canada. I’d say 20 years. They’d say, you told us that 5 years ago. I’ve been here at least 36 years. I’ve worked in the restaurant business every day and never kept track of the days or years – whether it was weekdays, Saturdays or Sundays.” Moe Atallah retired a year ago. Two years ago, close friend and journalist Earl McRae, passed away. “We started the Elvis Sighting Society together,” says Atallah. “He was my age. I never thought Earl would die or pass away. It was a big shock for me; I could go next. I started thinking, what’s going to happen?” Atallah closed the Newport Restaurant at the corner of Richmond and Churchill and operates his business together with his wife and daughter at the smaller venue (formerly Donna’s Restaurant) at Churchill and Scott. “It’s easier to run this place,” says Atallah. “After months and years of perfecting what we do, we do a good job. Staff moved with me. Some of our staff have been working with me for over 20 years. We keep our staff, even if they’re old; we know they will arrive on time. I feel they are not staff, but family.” Atallah has slowed down, a little. “One of Earl MacRae’s wishes was to go to Graceland, something we were never able to do. Last year our kids and
in-laws wanted to treat us but we weren’t able to go. This year we did it. We drove to Nashville and Memphis to see Graceland and had a wonderful time but it was sad without Earl. It breaks my heart. We had so much fun together. We were like twin brothers. We had the same feeling about Elvis, about politics. I think of him every day.” 1. He has his own entry in Wikipedia Do a Google search for Moe Atallah and up comes an entry in Wikipedia about the Newport Restaurant, Atallah’s philanthropic endeavours, his involvement in creating a smoke-free restaurant environment in Ottawa. 2. He came to Canada as a refugee Moe Atallah came to Canada as a 32-yearold refugee from Lebanon in 1976. His only brother was a journalist and columnist in Montreal at the time, and Atallah, a Christian who owned 3 restaurants in the Muslim section of Lebanon, left during the civil war. He found a job at a restaurant on his first day. “The owner said ‘will you do dishes’. I said, I’ll do anything. I was lucky, he didn’t want a dishwasher, he wanted a manager,” says Atallah. “I spoke English, Italian, French and Lebanese. I ran restaurants; I did dishes; I still do dishes now.” Atallah started at $1 an hour and worked a 40-hour week in his first job here in Canada because he “didn’t want to be a burden on his brother.”
and get the bread,” he says. A typical day for Atallah starts at 6:00 a.m. and often finishes at midnight. Guess what he would do if he won the lottery? “I would buy another restaurant,” says Atallah. How much do you know about Moe Attallah? Photo by Al Goyette.
3. He truly believes the customer is always right Atallah opened the Newport Restaurant in 1988. Reflecting back on a long career in the restaurant business he advises new entrepreneurs “to be successful in business – and the restaurant business is 7 days a week – you have to love your job, work hard at it.” “You have to love people, to care about every single person whether they just buy a cup of coffee or spend $100. You have to treat them the same… I always believed that the customer is always always right,” he adds. Atallah can’t sleep at night if he can’t find a solution to a nagging problem. “You need to be present,” says Atallah. “Your staff give 90%, but I give 100%. Sometimes they forget the bread. As soon as I know there is no bread, I go
4. He trained as an interior designer Atallah trained in his native country as an interior designer, but his father had just bought a restaurant and didn’t want to run it himself. 5. He’s all about giving. Every Christmas morning, for many years now, Atallah has invited the less fortunate for a free breakfast and lunch at the Newport. Hundreds of gifts are also donated from the public to the Newport for this special occasion. “I remember the first time at the Newport for Christmas. You can’t describe the joy it gives when you can make people happy. There are people who came who never eat in a restaurant,” says Attalah. Christmas this year will be a little different. We are “Doing ‘Meals on Wheels’ because of the location. We’ll feed 120 people; volunteers will deliver meals on Christmas day.”
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Homeless for a night “Sleeping out so that other youth don’t have to.” Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
Dovercourt Recreation Association is hosting their first annual SleepOut for Youth, a new event that will raise funds for the Youth Services Bureau and homeless youth living in Ottawa. SleepOut will take place outdoors at Westboro Kiwanis Park (behind Dovercourt Recreation Centre) on November 22. It’s a fundraising sleepover, and about fifty people will layer up for what is sure to be a very long and restless night. Dovercourt invited local high school students and local community members to join staff for this special fundraiser. “It’s going to be good, but it’s going to be cold,” says Mark Bond, one of the staff members who is helping co-ordinate the event. “I think people are going to have a tough night sleeping, but it’s all for a good cause.” Dovercourt staff will start setting up between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. After that, they hope to engage the participants in some activities that will distract them from the cold. “We’ll throw a movie on the big screen and we’ll watch that for a bit,” explains Bond. “We’ll have a bonfire going the whole night and play various games to stay warm. Something to get the heart rate going.” Participants have been asked to come equipped with anything that will help them spend the night outdoors. “Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, loves, mitts, hats, anything that will help them stay warm,” says Bond. Participants are also allowed to bring a tent. Bond plans to hang out by the fire as long as he can. He’s also bringing a regular sleeping bag (“nothing extravagant”), a wool sweater, gloves, and “lots of layers.” Bedtime will be at 11:00 p.m. as per city bylaw. Participants will be sleeping inside the area defined by the hockey rink. In the morning they’ll be treated to breakfast and a hot beverage. Fundraising has been as brisk as the fall weather. “Our original goal was $1000 but we got that so fast, within a week,” says Bond. They decided to double their goal and are just short of meeting it. Have they been obsessively checking the Weather Network as they get closer to the big night?
“Right now it’s going to be cold, but you just have to troop it out and spend the night outside, because if you were a homeless youth you might not have a shelter to go to, or any other options,” says Bond. “The whole point is to spend a night in their shoes, rain or shine.” If you would like to pledge your support go to Dovercourt.org. More information about YSB is available online at www.ysb.on.ca.
Dovercourt’s Mark Bond will be sleeping out‑ doors at Westboro Kiwanis Park on November 22. He’s hoping the rink boards will provide shelter from prevailing winds.
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KITCHISSIPPI Q & A The race for space
Q: I’m in charge of a local non-profit group and I’m on the look out for cheap meeting space somewhere in the neighbourhood. Can you help? -Mr. K. Spacey A: Thanks for your question Mr. Spacey. It’s always a challenge for community groups to find room to meet and host events. You didn’t mention what kind of budget you have or the size of your group, but there are a few options in the area that don’t involve having to hunker down at the local coffee shop. I’d look into these places: • Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Road) • Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Avenue) Dovercourt also runs the McKellar Field House, and there’s space available there too. • Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St West) • Fisher Park Community Centre (250 Holland Avenue) • The Champlain Park fieldhouse (which is located off Cowley Avenue) is owned by the City of Ottawa but the scheduling has been delegated to the local community association and its volunteers. Go to champlainpark.org for more information as well as a reservation request form. • MEC (366 Richmond Road) has a community meeting room that can accommodate small groups. It’s available to local outdoor clubs, ENGOs, or NGOs that have a similar mandate as MEC. Use of the room is free, but it’s recommended
you contact them at least a month in advance because the space books up quickly. You could also consider checking out your neighborhood churches to see if they offer inexpensive meeting space for your group. I recently had a tour of St. George’s Parish in West Wellington. It’s tucked away on Piccadilly Avenue, which makes me think that a lot of people might not even know it’s there. St. George’s recently completed a massive renovation that was officially unveiled in July; good news for parishioners as well as the larger community. Part of the reno included a lot of new meeting and gathering space that is now available for onetime use (such as fundraisers) or for regular bookings (like a yoga class). The space is used by all kinds of different folks; including Highland dancers, practitioners of Tai Chi, religious groups of different denominations, and arts and musical groups. “There aren’t a lot of spaces available in the area,” says Georges Bouliane, the Parish Manager. “We have a great facility that’s just waiting to be used by the community.” Email Georges at info@saintgeorges. ca for rental information (costs haven’t been uploaded to the website at saintgeorges.ca yet, but it’s coming). If you mention you’re a non-profit group you’ll get a deal on the rental too. Good luck, - Andrea Tomkins, Editor
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Coach of the Year Story by Denise Deby
Members of the Granite Curling Club on Scott Street have a lot to celebrate. The club marks its sixtieth anniversary this year. In March, club manager and volunteer coach Denise Hoekstra led the Canadian deaf men’s curling team to victory at the World Deaf Curling Championships in Bern, Switzerland. Last month, the Canadian Deaf Sports Association presented Hoekstra with its 2013 Coach of the Year award.
“It’s very humbling to be a part of this,” says Hoekstra, who coached the Canadian team to gold at the 2007 Deaflympics and a world championship in 2009. “You do this stuff not for personal gain or reward…it’s how I’ve chosen to be of service.” Hoekstra learned American Sign Language in 1998 after visiting an ASL school while working as a school bus driver in Winnipeg, and began coaching soon after. She’s worked at the busy 600-member, non-profit club since 2008.
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Sharing the spotlight Local dancers create holiday magic in The Nutcracker Story and photo by Denise Deby
Young Ottawa dancers will transform into squirrels, frogs, dragonflies and other creatures in December for Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition. Set in Group of Seveninspired landscapes, including an Algonquin Park forest, the production partners local dancers aged eight to 17 with a professional touring cast. Chloe Pennock-Banks, 13, of West Wellington is one of 31 dancers selected from over 100 who auditioned in October. She plays a squirrel, which means frolicking with other squirrels, cavorting with chipmunks and interacting with the ballet’s main characters on stage. “I’m very lucky to get chosen,” says Chloe. It’s her third appearance in the annual production—she was a squirrel last year, and a chipmunk the previous year—but being selected one year is no guarantee of performing the next. “Since it’s with a professional company, we have to be very on top of things,” says Chloe, who started dancing at age three and trains four times a week at Les Petits Ballets. Being in The Nutcracker means attending weekly rehearsals and doing the
best she can. It’s a big commitment, but the Grade 8 Fisher Park Public School student, who’s also appearing in a Les Petits Ballets production of Aladdin at Centrepointe Theatre on December 7, is excited to be involved. The first year she auditioned, she didn’t make the cut, but a friend talked her into trying out again. “The first year I went into it, it was my first audition ever, so I didn’t really know how to act,” she recounts. “But the second year, and the year after that, I smiled and tried my best to act like the character.” Her persistence worked, and now playing the furry characters is part of the fun, despite the hot costumes the dancers wear for the final rehearsal and public performances. “The squirrel suit is more or less a track suit that has fur and a tail. We have a backpack on stage—that’s our tail—so we have to get used to dancing with a backpack in rehearsals,” explains Chloe. Chloe’s mom, Jennifer Pennock, appreciates the opportunity for Chloe to dance with a professional company and to experience the highs and lows of auditions.
“I think that kids get a lot out of it,” says Pennock. “One of the things that has been really impressive to me is that they’re really encouraged to problemsolve themselves. If something’s not working, the dancers have to take ownership and figure out what needs to be done to get it right.” Another Ottawa dancer in the production is Mackenzie Longo, 10, who’s in Grade 5 at Our Lady of Fatima School. It’s her first year performing with Ballet Jörgen, and she’s making new friends and enjoying her role as a frog, which she says requires “a lot of jumping up and down, and a lot of strength.” Mackenzie’s mom Jessica, a teacher at Our Lady of Fatima, says it’s been a wonderful opportunity for Mackenzie. “She can’t wait to actually meet the cast and see what it’s like behind the scenes. Everything has been such a learning experience for her,” she says. Michelle Brawley, founder of Ottawa’s Ballet Society, is the Ottawa youth cast Ballet Mistress for the production, overseeing rehearsals and ensuring the children reach a professional level. “We try to make it an extremely positive experience
Chole Pennock-Banks, 13, is one of the dancers who was selected to perform in Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker.
where we demand a lot of them,” explains Brawley. “The choreography is not extremely difficult to execute; it’s the speed of it and the formation that need to be impeccable.” The dancers must also bring their animal characters to life and learn how to support and critique each other. “The children are really enthusi-
astic and they work really, really hard,” says Brawley. Auditions for Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition are announced each spring and held in October. Performances take place this year at Centrepointe Theatre December 14 and 15 at the Shenkman Arts Centre December 16 and 17.
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The Hintonburg-based Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is capping off the year with their musical adaptation of the hit movie/novel Legally Blonde, and two local actors will be taking centre stage. The title instantly calls to mind a pink clad Reese Witherspoon carrying a tiny dog in the 2001 film, which was adapted from Amanda Brown’s novel. The plot was reworked on Broadway in 2007 with an influx of music and dancing. Orpheus is bringing this spectacle to Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre. Kitchissippi’s acting chops are being represented by Orpheus veteran Courtney Vezina and newcomer Jacob Atkinson. Theatre fans will recognize Vezina from last year’s production of Footloose, while Atkinson makes his debut as the protagonist’s love interest, Warner Huntington III. “This was my first Orpheus audition ever and they put me in this role, which I wasn’t expecting,” Atkinson says of landing a lead role. His life is currently split between constant rehearsals and studying TV Broadcasting at Algonquin College. “I have no time, I have no time to do anything,” he laughs.
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Shakespeare with a twist The Great Canadian Theatre Company is presenting Goodnight Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet) from November 26 to December 15. Prolific Canadian writer AnnMarie Macdonald spins Shakespeare’s classic story lines into a modern comedy in this live theatre production. A Canadian English professor is transported into the world of Othello and Romeo and Juliet, where the classic tragedies are re-imagined in a comedic light. Enjoy a little Shakespeare without the tears and going light on ye olde dialogue. Evening performances at 8:00
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Jacob Atkinson and Courtney Vezina in the Orpheus production of Legally Blonde.
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Poetry night at The Carleton The Factory Reading Series returns to The Carleton Tavern on November 29. The night of poetry and stories is hosted by Brecken Hancock, and will feature readings from three diverse Canadian poets: Ottawabased JM Francheteau, East coaster Danny Jacobs and CBC Poetry Prize winner Sadiqa de Meijer. The event is taking place upstairs at The Carleton and readings begin at 7:30 p.m. And it’s free!
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NOVEMBER 23: HCA CRAFT FAIR On Saturday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington Street West. A great spot to find unique gifts! Come by to view the wonderful crafts and items for purchase - there will be delicious treats for sale as well. Volunteers to help set-up and assist during the day are still needed. Please contact email@example.com if you are able to help out. Bakers are needed to whip up some delectable desserts as well. NOVEMBER 23: AUTHOR READING Veena Gokhalem, the author of Bombay Wali and Other Stories, will give a reading at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m. Online registration is required to attend this free program. For a complete list of programs, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-5802940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. NOVEMBER 23: FLEA MARKET AT THE WESTBORO LEGION The Saturday event – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 389 Richmond Road – is organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. Drop by and check out the baked goods, book sale, and great bargains. Home-style cooking will be available at the canteen. For more information call 613-725-2778 or email WestboroLegionPR@gmail.com. NOVEMBER 23-24 - ART AND IKEBANA There will be an art show and sale by renowned artist Mitsugi Kikuchi, at the Takahashi Dojo at 5 Melrose Avenue. Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. There will also be an Ikebana exhibition taking place at the same time. For more information call 613-725-3451. NOVEMBER 25: NEWSWEST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Newswest annual general meeting will be on Monday, November 25, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Avenuve. All new and old members, local community association representatives, and interested parties are welcome. NOVEMBER 26: HAMPTON IONA COMMUNITY GROUP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Hampton Iona Community Group will be holding its AGM on November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the lobby of Hilson Public School. If you are interested in being on the Board, please contact HICG at www.hamptoniona.ca or at 613-722-0421. All
members of the community are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Kathleen Wilker from the Citizens for Safe Cycling speaking on the City’s proposed Transportation Master Plan. NOVEMBER 27 - TEA AND A TOUR Abbeyfield House at 425 Parkdale Avenue is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Drop by for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Next tea will be on Wednesday, November 27. Please RSVP at: 613729-4817. NOVEMBER 28, 29 AND 30: CHOW QIGONG Learn basic Chow Qigong with Grandmaster Dr. Effie Chow on Thursday evening November 28, and November 29-30 at Kitchissippi United Church at 630 Island Park Drive. For information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ottawachowqigong.com. NOVEMBER 30: WRITE ON! A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of writing programs for novice and experienced writers. On November 30 join Michele Vinet for a creative writing workshop at the Carlingwood branch from 2:00 p.m. - 4 :00 p.m. Registration is required. For a complete list of programs, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. NOVEMBER 30 AND DECEMBER 1 - RIGHTBIKE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION Join the folks behind RightBike for a brainstorming session. Share concerns and ideas to improve our community, and help shape the development of RightBike. Choose the session nearest you: Saturday November 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre or on Sunday December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Register at email@example.com or by calling 613-722-4440. DECEMBER 2: WESTBORO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM The WCA AGM will be held at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Road) at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in being on the Board please contact the WCA at firstname.lastname@example.org. DECEMBER 4: WWBIA AGM The Wellington West Business Improvement Area will be having its AGM at 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the
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DECEMBER 6 AND 7 - LOAM CLAY STUDIO OPEN HOUSE LOAM Clay Studio is approaching their first anniversary and is celebrating by joining forces with Hintonburg Pottery, Orange Gallery and Beyond the Pale for an open house at their studio located at 7A Hamilton Avenue North. This open house, show and sale will feature their work as well as the work of several of LOAM’s students and Studio Potters. For more information go to www.loamclaystudio.ca. DECEMBER 6-8 - 1ST YEAR CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE Drop by the Hintonburg Pottery studio (71 Hinton Avenue North) between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m for an open house. The open house will continue on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. This is a free event, and is a great opportunity for families to play with clay in the studio. For more information go to www.hintonburgpottery.ca. DECEMBER 7 - TURKEY SUPPER AND CONCERT The concert portion of the evening features the Strings of St. John’s and the choirs of Woodroffe United Church and the Church of St. John the Evangelist. Supper at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 adult, $25 senior/student. Supper tickets are available in advance only from the church office. Concert tickets will be available at the door. Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue. The concert will be repeated at 2:00 p.m. on December 15 at St. John’s, at Elgin and Somerset. For more information call 613-722-9250 or go to www.woodroffeunited.org. DECEMBER 7 - FISHER PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW & SALE This West Wellington holiday tradition is now in its twentieth year. Check out over 100 vendors, a combination of unique urban artisan handcrafted items, gourmet foods and traditional crafts. This event will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fisher Park Community Centre (250 Holland Avenue). Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Monique Shields at 613-798-8945. DECEMBER 14 - 2ND ANNUAL FLAVOURS OF OTTAWA WESTBORO HOLIDAY FOOD MARKET There will be 20 local artisan food vendors at the Westboro Holiday Food Market, at the Westboro Masonic Hall at 430 Churchill Avenue. Several vendors are new to the market with unique prod-
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ucts. Also, the Relish food truck will be outside serving lunch. There will be no shortage of holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list! Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The market will be taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donations will be collected for the Westboro Food Bank. For the latest updates on the market go to www.osfa.ca. YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association champlainpark.org Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association chnaottawa.ca Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com Hampton-Iona Community Group hamptoniona.wordpress.com Island Park Community Association islandpark.wordpress.com McKellar Park Community Association mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com Mechanicsville Community Association facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA Wellington Village Community Association wvca.ca Westboro Beach Community Association westborobeach.org Westboro Community Association lovewestboro.wordpress.com
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