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Champlain Park resident Dennis Van Staalduinen will be playing four characters in the Orpheus production of SPAMALOT.
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Two Kitchissippi residents to play a role in Monty Python classic Story and photo by Ted Simpson
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table will do battle with killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and Knights who say Ni in the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society’s latest project, SPAMALOT. SPAMALOT is a musical adaptation of the classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The
Tony Award winning musical was co-created by former Python Eric Idle and made its Broadway debut in 2005. Hintonburg’s own theatre company, Orpheus, have spun together their own rendition with a cast of colourful characters and set designs. In rehearsal since December, the group are gearing up to bring their production to Centrepointe Theatre
starting March 7. The crew for this production features two Kitchissippi locals and Orpheus veterans, John Solman heading the production and behind-the-scenes work, while Dennis Van Staalduinen takes on four classic Python characters. Van Staalduinen’s list of roles range from the brave knight Sir Lancelot to the mystic pyromaniac Continued on page 13
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Making people a priority Dovi Chein is Kitchissippi’s newest contender Chaim Dov Ber Chein – or Dovi Chein, as his friends call him – was only six years-old when he moved with his family to Churchill Avenue in 1996. Growing up in Kitchissippi Ward, he has seen the community change over the last 18 years. But now, he wants to be part of a new change, and has decided to run for city councillor in the upcoming municipal election. “I grew up here, and I’ve lived here almost my whole life. This is my home,” he says. “I love the people, and I think this is the friendliest neighbourhood in the city by far.” Chein’s passion for his community is one of the reasons he decided to run for city councillor. He says he started thinking of running a couple summers ago, but knew he had to take a crash course in municipal politics. “I didn’t know municipal politics, so I decided to try and understand how the system works,” he says. Chein made his final decision to run this past September, after speaking with his friend Justin Campbell who’s running for city councillor in Osgoode ward. “I said, I have to run,” Chein says. “It’s my city, it’s my area of town, and if I can do anything to help it continue to be the best area of town, then why not?” If elected, one of his main priorities is to be accessible to people in the ward – something he feels has become an issue. To get ready for the campaign, Chein
has been busy knocking on doors every night and listening to residents’ concerns. “My priority is the people. I’m not coming in with an agenda – I’m coming in with an open mind,” he says. “My door will be open, everyone will have my cellphone (number) and my email. You won’t have to talk to my assistant. I’m there to listen.” One of the biggest issues he finds that residents are facing in the ward is development. While he doesn’t take a pro- or antidevelopment stance, he says that what’s most important is how development can make a positive impact on the community. “(Richmond Road) was not a street you walk on at night alone, and the way that the area is being developed is beautiful and it looks nice, but residents are not getting the most out of the situation,” Chein says. “Residents should come first. Let’s figure out how developers can give back to the community or reimburse the residents, and make it a better living space for everyone.” As a fourth-year communications student at the University of Ottawa, Chein hopes to wrap up his degree at the end of the summer while he campaigns. He says he brings something new to the ward, and is very different from his running mates. “I don’t think I’m similar to any of them – whether it’s age, experience, ideas or motivations,” Chein says. “My motivations are just to make this place the best place in the city.”
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KT BRIEFS Swab-a-thon Stephen Beckta of Westboro’s Gezellig, will be hosting a “swab-athon” at the restaurant between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 29. “We are trying to find a stem cell match for our friend Al Carpenter who is suffering from Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)… while growing the bank of potential donors in Canada,” writes Beckta in a recent email exchange. As a Caucasian male, Carpenter would have had a 93% chance of finding a match from the 22 million strong network, but Beckta explains that Carpenter “is a bit of an anomaly” because of his ALL. “I never understood until now the immense need and what little it takes to save someone’s life in this way, and I think like me, most people are not well informed,” he writes. More information about stem cell donation can be found online at blood.ca. The Carlingwood Y is open for business The Carlingwood Y opened on February 26. The new 20,000 sq. ft. YMCA/YWCA is located inside Carlingwood Shopping Centre and will serve children, youth, adults, families and seniors with a variety of programs and services that promote healthy, active living and build strong communities. “The Y has a long history in Carlingwood, serving families and acting as an important hub of the community,” said Tosha Rhodenizer, Vice President of Health, Wellness and Family Engagement for the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “Bringing the Y back to Carlingwood would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment from our members, partners and volunteers. We are truly grateful for everyone’s support.” A formal grand opening celebration will take place later this spring, to coincide with the opening of the facility’s pool.
The search is on for Community Builders Nominations are now open for the United Way Ottawa’s 2014 Community Builder Awards. Residents are invited to nominate a person, organization, partnership, agency or neighbourhood group that has played a significant role in making change happen in our community. Those selected to receive an award will be honoured at United Way Ottawa’s annual Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala on May 29, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. You can download a printed nomination form or submit one online at unitedwayottawa.ca. For more information contact cba@ unitedwayottawa.ca or call 613-2286721.
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Raymond “Ken” Lloyd grew up on Hartley Avenue below Carling.
1. Ken was born in 1927 and never went to high school. His parents immigrated from England and had to work on a farm to support themselves. 2. “It was all open around Hartleigh Avenue [west of Woodroffe Avenue]. It became the MacLaren Farm.” Ken worked on the farm during the summers picking fruit. 3. Ken walked a mile to Woodroffe Public School. When he was 15, Ken had to go leave school and find work to support the family. 4. Ken had a bike and used to go to Britannia Beach and swim. 5. For “10 or 15 cents” he would go to Westboro Theatre on Richmond Road, a couple of doors down from Tubman’s. 6. After work he liked to go to the Victoria Theatre on the corner of Holland and Wellington. 7. For 10 cents he could hop on the streetcar at Britannia and go to work downtown. 8. He fondly remembers the ice cream at the “double dip place” on Carling Avenue. “It wasn’t far to go on bicycle.”
9. “A year after I married we moved to 597 Broadview Avenue. I lived there for close to 70 years. The house is still there and my son and his family live there now,” Mary Carter, 104, remembers. 10. Her family made a rink in their backyard every winter. “There were an awful lot of children back then. All the kids in the neighbourhood came out to skate.” 11. Her son was born at the Salvation Army Hospital on Richmond Road. 12. “I stayed home and looked after my son. My neighbour did too. We were good friends.” 13. “All the neighbours played bridge; I spent a lot of time at the Churchill Centre.” Margaret Kyd, 94, moved to Unitarian House four years ago.
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chief as well. 19. During the war, Bette’s husband was overseas when her father told her to buy a lot in Kitchissippi. “I went to the council office and they told me I’d have to build within one year. I said I’d never build my home without my husband planning it with me. When they heard he was overseas they said you can build whenever you want.” 20. She chose their Denbury Avenue lot because she “loved the trees,” and its proximity to schools. 21. Her husband Bill was quite pleased with her purchase. 22. “A lot on Denbury Avenue back in the 1940s cost $325; I sold it for $150,000.” 23. The social life was pretty good on Denbury: “We used to have parties with our whole block.” 24. “At Broadview they used to charge an extra ticket on the bus. We travelled on Richmond Road.” 25. “The city ended on the far side of Denbury. It was all open field.” 26. Westboro “was a very homey, homey place to live.”
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Kids and adults came away from Elmdale Public School’s BookFest, held February 20-21, with armloads of used books, as well as CDs, DVDs and baked treats. The annual sale, organized by the parent-run Elmdale School Council, raised approximately $10,000 that will go towards purchasing new books, sports equipment, arts activities and other resources for the school. Erin Kaegi, volunteer chair of BookFest, says students, their families and the community donated more than 25,000 books for the sale. To encourage contributions, the school awarded a cupcake party to each of the three classes that brought in the most books. “The kids love it, and they really get into it,” says Kaegi. “One girl
brought in 650 books all on her own.” Parents are the force behind BookFest, which Kaegi believes has run for more than 30 years. She says about a hundred volunteers, including a core group of 15, spent a month collecting and sorting books, as well as setting up and running the event. “From the donations, we sent several hundred [books] directly to our library,” says Kaegi. “As well, our teachers were invited to come down and select books for classroom use.” Students and families had a chance to shop before the event opened to the public. BookFest gives neighbours a way to clean out their bookshelves and stock up on good-quality items at low prices. Books that don’t sell are donated to other area schools or community organizations. The
volunteers say they benefit, too. “I like to be involved in my kids’ school,” explains Kaegi, whose children Adam, David and Emma are in Grades 5, 2 and Junior Kindergarten respectively. “I feel that when I’m around the school, I know the teachers, I know the principals—you get a little bit more chance to have conversations with the people who are spending their day with your children.” Elizabeth Good, who managed this year’s book sorting, agrees. “I know my boys have appreciated me being involved at the school,” she says. Good has been volunteering at BookFest since her older son, now in Grade 8 at Fisher Park, went to Elmdale, where her younger son Brody is in Grade 5. She enjoys helping students who aren’t quite sure what books to buy, guiding them to what suits their interests or even her family’s favourites. “Volunteering is key in a school, to keep it vibrant and to keep activities happening.”
It was a book lovers’ bonanza! Barbara Lance (right), of Mayfair Avenue, invited daughter Elizabeth Lance, now of Gatineau, to BookFest. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” says Elizabeth. Barbara says: “I bought murder mysteries for summer reading, and non-fiction coffee table books to support my family history habit.” Elizabeth tracked down novels, books about dogs and business books, including Seth Godin’s Purple Cow, but says she’s most looking forward to rereading John Grogan’s Marley and Me. “I already have this in digital format, but there’s no substitute for a real book.”
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As the Hintonburg neighbourhood gets ready for busses to be detoured onto Scott Street during light rail transit (LRT) construction, the area’s community association is trying to collect residents’ thoughts on safety and improvements to the current designs. On February 18, the Hintonburg Community Association hosted a meeting at the Hintonburg Community Centre to review the bus detour designs for Scott and Albert streets during LRT construction, and to have a discussion on areas of concern. “It’s imperative that we get our feelings known to the city,” said Matt Whitehead, president of the HCA, who led the meeting. “We need to provide valuable feedback to make the designs safer than they are right now.” In addition to residents, officials from the city’s rail implementation office and Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs’ office were on hand to take note of comments. The designs presented at the February 18 meeting were the same ones presented to the community at a December 3 meeting held at Tom Brown Arena. One of the concerns brought up was residents waiting for buses on narrow sidewalks – an issue in the
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Last month, in Part I of this examination of the disappearance of Banting Avenue, the focus was on the location of this neighbourhood at the north end of Mansfield Avenue and along the river. The Banting Avenue neighbourhood was not large or heavily populated, but it was a very special corner of the city. The first houses were built in the first decade of the 20th century, when the Britannia Line of the Ottawa Electric Railway (OER), running along what is now Byron Avenue, made it possible for people to commute downtown from houses in the western suburbs. The homes of Banting Avenue were quite isolated, with no street connection east or west along the shore of the Ottawa River, and connected to the city by only Mansfield Avenue. The neighbourhood was practically invisible from Richmond Road, hidden by the raised embankment of the CPR railway. In the later 1940s, the Federal District Commission (FDC), (a forerunner of the NCC), sent out letters to the owners of the properties, indicating that the ownership of their properties had been transferred to the FDC and that agents from the FDC would be contacting them to negotiate a selling price. At the time of these notices
of expropriation, there were about 24 homes in the Banting Avenue neighbourhood and in the adjoining beach area behind the Rochester farm. The 24 properties of the Banting Avenue neighbourhood made up about six per cent of the properties which were expropriated for the Ottawa River Parkway – and the Ottawa River Parkway was a small part of the Parkway development activities of the Gréber Commission. What did Banting Avenue look like in the early 1940s? Fortunately, some photographs have survived – some from the residents, and others from the real estate agents who did the appraisal of the properties as part of the expropriation process. The photos show an interesting, heterogeneous neighbourhood, comprised of small, one-storey cottages which were converted to year-round occupancy, a scattering of two-storey hip-roof residences of a style common in the early years of the 20th century, and then a number of large and well-constructed houses occupied by medical professionals, business owners and diplomatic personnel. Perhaps the best-remembered house in the neighbourhood was the Jones house, Continued on page 10
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The street that time erased, part II Continued from page 9 located on the east side of Banting Avenue, at the river’s edge. This property was rented to the First Secretary to the High Commissioner of New Zealand, and was the site of many summer garden parties. The lawn stretched right down to the river. A live band would play, and couples in formal wear danced on the verandah. This house was more than 40 years old when it was expropriated in the mid-1940s. A rock wall was constructed along the river’s edge to protect this property. This wall is still visible. Further south, (away from the river) along Banting Avenue, just as the street turned to the west to parallel the CPR tracks, was the Waterman house. The Waterman house was built in about 1910, and like the others in the neighbourhood, was connected to city water and sewer in the early 1950s. There were similar houses on either side of the Watermans. On the north side, there was the Edney house – complete with a lovingly tended lawn bowling green – and on the south side, the Hobbs’ house, with a tennis court in between the two. The Wilson residence was one of the most modern houses in the neighbourhood. It was less than 10 years old and had some very modern features for its time, including a recreation room, a cistern for soft-water collection, and a garage built under the house. The Wilson house was rented by MONDAY the First Secretary to MONDAY the High Commissioner of Australia. The Banting Avenue neighbourhood was a hotbed of opposition toTUESDAY the actions TUESDAY of the Federal District Commission to expropriate properties. A group six 3pm - of Close 3pm - Close
property owners wrote a letter, which was published in both the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Journal in November 1954. The letter criticized the actions of the Federal District Commission and their efforts to take possession of property for the Ottawa River Parkway. Four of the six people who signed the letter resided in the Banting Avenue area. This letter did not change the end result, but it brought public attention to the issue and in all probability caused the FDC to modify its procedures. Today, there is almost no trace of the 24 properties that made up Banting Avenue. The smaller and better-built structures were moved, and the larger and older houses were demolished on site. Some of the residents moved across Richmond Road and into the McKellar Park subdivision that was being developed on the site of the McKellar Park Golf Course – but many people lost the sense of social cohesion which was a part of their former neighbourhood. For more photos, please see the web version of this article at Kitchissippi.com. Bob Grainger is a retired federal public servant with an avid interest in local history. KT readers may already know him through his book, Early days in Westboro Beach – Images and Reflections. He’s also part of the Woodroffe North history project and is currently working on the history of Champlain Park and Ottawa West. Do you have any memories to share about Banting Avenue? If so we’d love to hear them! Send them to stories@ kitchissippi.com.
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Uniform Urban Development’s plan to build 14- and 16-storey condos at 335 Roosevelt Avenue will have to take a little off the top, according to a ruling made by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on February 18. In the OMB ruling, representatives noted that, “the rationale for changing the midrise skyline itself was not just flawed; it was non-existent.” The recent ruling means that 335 Roosevelt will be home to shorter structures that take up more of the lot. The appeal to rezone for taller buildings was rejected, and amended instead to “up to eight storeys” according to the OMB ruling. “The density [of the area] has never been in question,” says Councillor Katherine Hobbs. “Originally when the developer came up, they didn’t want to build a seven storey building that would cover the entire lot.” Traffic management has been an issue since a public meeting in September 2011. Roosevelt Avenue is almost entirely a residential street, the north end of which terminates at a pedestrian bridge over the Transitway. As a result, Hobbs says, confused drivers trying to get further north often end up needing to turn around. The Starbucks on the corner of Roosevelt and Richmond Road has also increased both automotive and pedestrian traffic to
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fun, with medieval costumes splattered with saturated colours and numerous cans of the infamous meat product that the musical takes its name from, Spam. “In my university days I may have experimented with some Spam-based dishes,” says Van Staalduinen, near gleeful as he explains what he has in store for theatre goers. “As the Taunter I get to do my outrageous French accent, with the Knights of Ni I get to wear these incredibly high stilts, Tim the Enchanter is cool because I get to use some pyrotechnics, and then Lancelot is this sort of blundering idiot that kills a lot of people, so that’s a lot of fun,” he laughs. “What could be better?” “He usually comes out for the weird roles,” adds Solman. The musical adaptation also features a fan favourite, the limbless Black Knight, and a new character as a love interest for Arthur in The Lady of the Lake. Being a father of three, Van Staalduinen has to limit his theatre participation to one show per year, though he sees acting not so much as an escape but as a vessel to his inner child, “I have insane kids who do silly accents and like to make fart jokes, so it helps me bond with my kids too.” The Orpheus crew will be presenting nine performances of SPAMALOT from March 7 to 16 at Centrepointe Theatre. Tickets are $20 for children and $40 for adults. For more information go to orpheus-theatre.ca.
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Celebrating women at Wall Space In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, Wall Space Gallery in Westboro is hosting a collection of work from talented artists of the fairer sex. The theme for this year is Inspiring Change, and features art that moves to encourage social change in the perception of the female body and spirit. Kitchissippi painter Sharon Vanstarkenburg is showing a series of narrative portraits of female protagonists, alongside work from Alex Chowaniec, Joy Kardish, Michelle Valberg and Marjolyn Van Der Hart. The exhibit will be on display all month.
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Continued from page 6 Charlene Smith moved to Kitchissippi from Vancouver in 1970.
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MARCH 6 - STRENGTHENING YOUR FAMILY TEAM SPIRIT When children have a feeling of belonging and of family identity, they are able to handle life’s challenges better. In this workshop, caregivers will learn some easy and fun ways to build bonds between siblings and a strong sense of being on the same family team. This workshop is intended for families with children under the age of six and takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mothercraft (475 Evered Avenue). For more information go to mothercraft.com. MARCH 10 - OPEN HOUSE FOR POLIO SURVIVORS This open house will be taking place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Avenue). Parking is available. For more information call Eileen Lavigne at 613-729-6307. MARCH 10 - YOUTH ZONE JOB WORKSHOP Residents between the ages of 16-30 will have the opportunity to pick up some resume tips and interview skills at this workshop taking place from 3:30 p.m 5:00 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. One-on-one resume reviews will also be offered. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MARCH 11 - ILLUMINATING HISTORY Take a magical journey through the history of light at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library! See how light was used throughout the ages, take in a traditional Magic Lantern show, and make your own tin lantern to take home. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MARCH 11 - HOW TO DJ This workshop is for youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Experiment using turntables, discover new software to download music, and learn about the art of
DJing from Kerry Campbell and Michael Caffrey. 5:30p.m - 8:30 p.m at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. No experience is necessary but registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
This event will be taking place at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Avenue) from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be a large selection of flea market wares and collectibles, sewing, knitting and craft materials and tools available; including handmade knitted/crocheted articles. Donations of goods for the sale accepted March 14-21; sorry, no clothing or books. For more information contact the First Unitarian office at 613-725-1066.
MARCH 14 - DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF DANCE A free, family-friendly event at the Ottawa Public Library. Professional dancers from Ballet Jorgen Canada will share an inside look at how ballet evokes emotions and tells a wordless story using excerpts from their production of Romeo and Juliet. Drop by the Carlingwood branch at 1:00 p.m. or the Rosemount branch at 3:00 p.m. to catch this 60-minute program. No registration required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
MARCH 21 & 23 - NEPEAN FINE ARTS LEAGUE (NFAL) SPRING SHOW AND SALE Participating artists will present works in a wide range of styles, techniques and subject matter at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall (1000 Byron Avenue). To celebrate the League’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor will open the show at the Friday night gala with a presentation of juried awards for the top artwork in various categories. Come help celebrate the last 50 creative years and welcome in the next 50; Friday March 21 from 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission $10 for Friday night with Saturday and Sunday free. Free parking. For more information call Kathy 613-4440446 or visit www.nepeanfinearts.com/events.
MARCH 17 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Enjoy Irish music mixed with old-time country and '50s & ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of the Al Visser Band from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Westboro Legion (389 Richmond Road). The door opens at noon and food – Irish stew, chili, and shepherd’s pie – is available at the canteen. Admission is free. Please call 613-7252778 for more information. MARCH 20 - BREASTFEEDING WORKSHOP FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS Getting ready for your baby? Come learn about infant feeding from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Learn how to get comfortable, how to know if your baby is getting enough to eat, how babies know just what to do, and what you can do to help them do it. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend. 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Mothercraft, 475 Evered Avenue. For more information go to mothercraft.com.
MARCH 26 - TEA AND CAKE Abbeyfield House (425 Parkdale Avenue) is a nonprofit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. MARCH 29 & 30 – THE WESTEND POTTERY SALE The fourth annual Westend Pottery Sale will showcase all manner of handmade pottery by over 20 of the region’s finest potters. Held in the Hall of the Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road at Churchill, on Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m and Sunday 10:00
MARCH 22 - FABRIC AND YARN SALE, COLLECTIBLES AND FLEA MARKET
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a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Relax in the tea room and fill in a ballot for the daily draw of a basket filled with pottery. For more information go to westendpotterysale.com. APRIL 4 & 5 – FIBRE ART SHOW & SALE Over 50 local fibre artists from OUT-OF-THE-BOX (OOTB) present their third annual FIBRE FLING 3 SHOW AND SALE at the Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive. The event runs for two days: Friday April 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday April 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Artwork includes every form of fibre art such as quilting, felting, beadwork, stitchery, doll-making, knitting, jewelry and more. Some artists combine several techniques within one piece. A $5 admission will support the Stephen Lewis Foundation. High Tea will be served on Saturday afternoon for $10. Parking is free. For additional information, contact Rita at 613-723-7404 or visit out-of-the-box.org. APRIL 26 - SPRING FLEA MARKET St. Matthias Church (555 Parkdale Avenue at the Queensway) is holding its Annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday April 26 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be jewelry, collectibles, toys, household items, books, and good second-hand clothing. Bargains for all.
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