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Rochester Field open house draws concerns from residents Questions about Westboro’s disappearing greenspace dominate meeting
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“I find it ironic that the City and the NCC talk about being transparent but this deal between them was agreed upon behind closed doors,” said Janice Van Baaren. “The mandate of the NCC is to increase green space. A lot of people have said that we’re a ward that doesn’t have a lot of green space and they’re taking more of it away.”
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It was standing room only on the evening of October 4, as Kitchissippi residents crowded into the Van Lang Field House to hear about the future of Rochester Field. The field, located to the north of Richmond Road near Fraser Avenue, has been the subject of a 10-year debate, the complexities of which were detailed at the open house. Because of the location of the future Light Rail Transit Confederation Line, a deal was struck between the City of Ottawa and the NCC. This agreement was part of the “100-day solution,” which was approved by Council in 2015. As part of this agreement, the NCC would be allowed to develop one third of Rochester Field. The town hall meeting, which was chaired by Councillor Jeff Leiper, was an opportunity for residents to get a look at the NCC’s proposal, see what the future Rochester Field might look like and discuss rezoning part of the property as Traditional Main Street, which allows commercial and residential properties of up to six storeys. Lucie Bureau, Acting Director of
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Planning and Federal Approvals at the NCC, delivered the Commission’s plans while reminding all in attendance that they were the result of a tight schedule due to LRT timelines. “All [LRT] plans needed to be completed by December 2016,” said Lucie. “That’s the train we were on to find a solution on this.” The NCC’s proposal includes midrise buildings banking Richmond Road, a 15-metre wide pedestrian walkway to allow access to the river, and a new park, which would include a public art garden and walking trails. Lucie was quick to point out that these plans are not finalized. Concerns raised at the meeting ranged from the loss of trees, traffic and parking issues, to the proposed size and position of the buildings. The Councillor said he felt that the plan was “over-programmed” and raised the view held by many of his constituents that the field should be kept in its natural state. “Everyone in this room appears to be saying that they want the park to stay the way it is. They want nature,” said resident Lawrence Wolofsky. Some residents noted the placement of the park behind Keg Manor/ Maplelawn would make the park uninviting and inaccessible, hiding much of the the green space from view. The Councillor suggested development is inevitable on Rochester Field. “I’m not going into this process to fight developing any of Rochester
They want nature.”
“Everyone here wants nature in one form or another,” said Lawrence Wolofsky. “This proposal mows over – paves over – everything, chops it into little pieces that is just going to end up becoming weedinfested, meaningless concrete.”
Field,” he said to KT the day after the town hall, “but I want to make sure that it is done as sensitively as possible and in keeping with what residents have expressed in terms of how that development should be done.” The community is encouraged to have their say about the current proposal. Comments are open until October 16 and should be directed to Jeff Leiper at email@example.com and Bruce Finlay at the City of Ottawa at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a view of the plan that was proposed at the open house, please see the web version of this story at kitchissippi.com.
“I don’t know that the use of that field is being considered,” said Ray Kalynuk. “If you really want to develop something for the river, put it close to the river. And if you want to develop the field for the users of the field, leave it open to the community.”
“Everyone in this room appears to be saying that they want the park to stay the way it is.
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Canada is an amazing country filled with beautiful nature, history, and cultural diversity. Students at Nepean High School recently had an opportunity to experience Canada’s wonders first hand. About twenty-five students from the Nepean High School outdoor education program went on an exchange to British Columbia from September 17-24. The exchange was organized by the Experiences Canada 150 program which, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, offers a variety of exchange trips for youth, with travel costs covered. The goal of the Experiences Canada program is to help Canadian youth develop a greater sense of Canadian identity, to create connections amongst Canadian youth, and to help them learn about different communities and cultures in Canada. The students first flew to Kelowna and then drove to a camp called Eagle Bay, where they spent time getting to know their exchange partners and participated in leadership games and activities. The students went on to stay in their exchange partners’ homes in Vernon, British Columbia. While they were there, they travelled back towards Kelowna to camp in the mountains. The Vernon exchange students are in a program called Students Without Borders Academy (SWBA), which focuses on leadership as well as getting students to step out of their comfort zones and experience other cultures. The Vernon group will arrive in Ottawa on October 12. The Outdoor Education program at Nepean High School is a huge part of student life at Nepean and also has a focus on leadership, as well as on how
to thrive in the outdoors while learning through hands-on experience and reallife situations. “The exchange took place so that the passionate students of the outdoor education program got to experience the outdoors, in a different region, and learn to love different forms of ecosystems and make lasting friendships while doing so,” says Nepean High School student, Carly Nangle. During the exchange, the students from Nepean participated in many different outdoor activities such as cycling along the Kettle Valley railway, hiking, bouldering, and camping. “My favourite part of the trip was getting to see the mountains early in the morning or late at night with all of the stars lighting up the sky,” says Nepean High School student, Benjamyn Blacklock. “It was definitely different than what we’re used to back in Ottawa.” Overall, the exchange program offered by Experience Canada 150 proved to be a great opportunity for the outdoor education students of Nepean High School. Trips and exchanges are a really special and important part of student life and are both educational and fun for the participants. For photos, see the web version of this article online at kitchissippi.com. Sophie O’Reilly is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.
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Few forms of entertainment in the early 20th century were more popular than the travelling circus. A visit from touring companies such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey was often the highlight of the summer. Children waited for weeks in anticipation. One newspaper called it “the red letter day of all days in the calendar of youth.” The entire production would surely have been an incredible sight. The logistical challenges they overcame are almost inconceivable. These tours were not small operations. An average circus comprised multiple trains with more than a thousand animals and an equal number of performers. They’d pull into town (even small communities between larger cities), set up in a few hours, put on a titanicsized performance that drew everyone from the surrounding area, and be gone by the next morning. Ottawa was relatively isolated but the large American circuses still managed regular visits during the 1800s and early 1900s. In fact, the first touring circus came to Bytown in August 1851, a remarkable accomplishment considering the area was still without rail service. By the turn of the century, the circus was an annual event. The criteria for touring companies was simple. They required a large open area near railway tracks and in relative proximity to the population, ideally with close access to water. Lansdowne Park, and later the Glebe by Clemow Avenue, were the popular locations until the development of the Glebe required a new location in 1911. Two new sites came into common use: Plouffe Park and the future city yards just south of the Somerset Street bridge (which was known as Ottawa’s “circus grounds” for years), as well as the then-isolated area of Holland and Wellington, a spot which hosted three circuses from 1912 to 1914. (A previous Early Days column
piqued the interest of many readers who wanted to learn more about these Kitchissippi-based circuses. If you missed it, you can find it online at kitchissippi.com.) Ringling Brothers came to town in 1912 and 1914. In 1913, it was Barnum and Bailey (“The Greatest Show on Earth”). The circus arranged for the rental of the empty fields on the west side of Holland between Wellington and Byron months in advance. After weeks of promotion, the big day would finally arrive. It began overnight, with four trains containing over 100 cars arriving at LeBreton Flats to unload their contents, including the wagons which transported everything to Holland Avenue. That year, it was reported that
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p.m. (An evening show was held at 8 p.m.) The parade helped promote the circus and brought some excitement to the downtown streets on a weekday. Interestingly, road closures were not required, and streetcars simply followed the procession. The touring cast included over 1,200 people, and the roster of animals included 500 horses, plus elephants, camels, giraffes, zebras, lions, a rhino, and a hippo. The main event was held in a huge tent which measured 520’ x 280’. It was a three-ring circus, which meant a central show (“The Spectacle of Cleopatra” was the highlight of 1913), dancing (a ballet of 300 dancers, for example), six bands, and side shows, all happening at the same time. “So much going on at once that a great deal is missed in trying to see too much,” reported one newspaper. Special acts included a 17-year-old Australian girl performing horse tricks, jiujitsu demonstrations, and a baseball game played by elephants, seals, pigs, monkeys and a kanga-
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“boss canvasman ‘Happy Jack’ Snellen and his horde of brawny followers” arrived with the chainand-stake wagons to erect the 20-plus circus tents and teams of horses to pull the center poles upright. The cook tent was set up first, from which 5,000 meals were served each day. Other tents included the menagerie, with hundreds of exotic animals on display; the side shows, with “freaks” such as the bearded lady, three-headed man, and human pin cushion, and “deformities” including the “Toothless Minnehaha, the woman who has never smiled”); stables; a blacksmith, dressing rooms; wardrobe; barber; doctors, and dentists. Local boys wandered the site and were often hired on the spot to help with set up. Their pay for their hard work? A free ticket to the show. After set up, the entire cast assembled for a three-mile long parade that left Holland Avenue and went down Wellington all the way to Elgin Street and back, in time for the afternoon show at 2
roo. There were dozens of clowns and an array of gymnasts, acrobats, aerialists, and equilibrists. The circus on Holland Avenue drew 45,000 people for the day’s performances. Then late that night, the team would deconstruct the site, and by daybreak, the circus would be gone without a trace. After three successful summers on Holland, the arrival of WWI put a hold on circuses. By the time the war ended, the HollandWellington location was being sold for lots and no longer able to play host to the annual spectacle. Instead, Plouffe Park became Ottawa’s official circus site, and it remained so until 1939, when WWII signaled the end of the classic era of the travelling circus. See the web version of this story at kitchissippi.com for some great photos.
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The sign on the wall reads: “Pure Raw Joy,” which may sound like an audacious promise for a little vegan eatery, but for Raw Pulp + Grind it’s a proven concept. The young company launched its second destination in Westboro on October 4. Co-owners Melissa Shabinsky, Jordan O’Leary (of Morning Owl coffee fame), Nicola Wharton Valente and Richard Valente (of Fratelli restaurants and Roberto pizza) have created a spot that offers not only healthy, plantbased cuisine but also a friendly, energetic vibe. Cold-pressed juices are complemented by an impressive line-up of healthy fare, including smoothies, salads, acai bowls and raw wraps. The “grind” part of the name refers to coffee, tea tonics, and “superfood” lattes. “We hadn’t planned to grow the business quite this quickly,” admits Nicola. “When we opened the first location on Preston Street last October, we really didn’t know what to expect and it just took off. People have been asking when we would open a second shop, so earlier this year we began our search. We knew we wanted to be in Westboro. It’s a great fit for us, with lots of pedestrian traffic, many young families who are among our most loyal clients as well as several high schools nearby. We have seen on Preston that teenagers have really embraced this style of eating; they seem to like that it’s as pretty to look at as it is delicious and healthy.” The décor at Raw Pulp + Grind complements the fresh fare on the menu. A distressed barn board wall studded with planters is an Instagram-worthy backdrop. There are live edge wood tables, handcrafted for the store, as well as a garage door which adds to the shop’s ‘see and be seen’ cachet. A spirit-lifting ambiance is anchored by the cheerful staff working behind the white service counter. “We continually work hard on reinforcing our corporate culture,” notes Nicola. “We want to make sure all our staff understand that service excellence is as important as the quality of our products. I think we’re doing a good job because we have very low staff turnover now and we see our staff forming genuine friendships, which is nice. It adds to the happiness factor, for sure.” The high volumes Raw Pulp + Grind has enjoyed on Preston Street are likely to be surpassed
Raw Pulp + Grind co-owners Roberto Valente, Melissa Shabinksy, Jordan O’Leary, and Nicola Wharton Valente.
“When we opened the first location on Preston Street last October, we really didn’t know what to expect and it just took off. People have been asking when we would open a second shop, so earlier this year we began our search. We knew we wanted to be in Westboro.” on Richmond Road. Day one saw a steady stream of customers, many of whom seemed very familiar with the menu and were delighted to welcome this business to the neighbourhood. “There are a lot of people in this area who value a healthy lifestyle,” says Jordan. “We have something different to offer with-
out taking away from other area spots like Pure Kitchen, which is more of a restaurant, versus our juice-focused, healthy ‘fast food’ approach. We look forwarding to welcoming long-time and new customers, especially those with food allergies as we take pride in being a safe zone for them.”
Miniature food hits Hintonburg A Q&A with Street Art Miniature
In August, Kitchissippi Times featured two young art enthusiasts who were hunting for miniature food sculptures created and placed around the neighbourhood by an anonymous artist. Now, the artist, known only as Street Art Miniature (or SAM for short) is launching an organized scavenger hunt in Hintonburg to bring others into the fray. KT’s Jacob Hoytema caught up with SAM via email.
Mini-food fans, take note! Street Art Miniature is hosting a special scavenger hunt on October 28.
KT: So what have you been up to since our last story? How has the tiny food project continued?
SAM: It’s hard to believe it was only two months ago since we last wrote. A lot has happened. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by the CBC for an interview. I also am very pleased to say that I won the September Awesome Ottawa award [a $1000 grant given out monthly to “awesome” initiatives in the city]. I am very thankful for all of the interest in my project and I intend to keep it going and growing. KT: Tell us a little about the upcoming scavenger hunt on October 28. What gave you the idea? And what made Hintonburg an attractive location?
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I chose Hintonburg because I have received a lot of support from that community. From Instagram comments and likes from local businesses there, to mentions from the people who are out and looking for the minis. I also find that Hintonburg has the highest number of well preserved miniatures. The people there seem to really enjoy the project and don’t want to take or ruin the art. That means a lot to me. KT: How will the scavenger hunt work? How can people get involved?
“The fun of finding a random mini is still the heart of the project.”
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sure I give back something special with the scavenger hunt.
KT: Can you divulge any info about the prize for the winner?
KT: While you’ve kept your identity a secret, you did reveal to CBC that you are female. Any thoughts about identifying yourself in the future?
SAM: I am working on finalizing the prize details. I can tell you this... the prize will include one of my miniatures and a $100 gift certificate to a local business. The exact details along with the instructions for the hunt will be released in the next week or so.
SAM: At this point, letting my gender be known is all that I am comfortable with. The main reason that I don’t want to identify myself is that I want to continue this project knowing that no one will recognize me and watch for me. Also, isn’t it more fun not knowing?
KT: How did it feel to be recognized by Awesome Ottawa with their September prize?
KT: What projects can we expect from you next?
SAM: I didn’t start this to make money. I started this to bring something unusual and fun to someone’s day. To catch someone off guard and maybe bring a little smile or wonder to their day is all the payment I was looking for. By being awarded this prize, I feel like what I am doing is working and I feel so encouraged to continue. I am very grateful for this generous award, and I want to make
SAM: I have a few ideas but I want to continue the main project. I love the simplicity of it. The fun of finding a random mini is still the heart of the project. If this scavenger hunt goes well, I will be doing another! I also want to start working on making replicas of some of the signature dishes that can be found at local bakeries and restaurants. I think that would be a lot of fun.
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SAM: The idea came from a couple of my close friends who are in the know about this project. I didn’t have the extra money to buy the supplies I would need to make it happen. So, when I won the September Awesome Ottawa award, I thought, now is the perfect time to give it a try!
SAM: This hunt will work a little differently from your typical scavenger hunt. The best way to get involved is to start following my Instagram account or my Facebook page [instagram.com/StreetArtMiniature or facebook.com/streetartminiature]. On the day of the hunt, I will be posting pictures of five miniatures that are ‘menu items’ inspired by local restaurants and cafes. The pictures will be released on a timed schedule in order to give everyone a bit of time to get looking. The miniatures are to be photographed and not taken. The first person to email me photos of themselves and all five miniatures will receive an email with the location of the prize and the passphrase they will need to say in order to obtain the prize. The full instructions and details will be posted on my social media
“The first person to email me photos of themselves and all five miniatures will receive an email with the location of the prize and the passphrase they will need to say in order to obtain the prize.”
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Toi Do (left), Ottawa Bagelshop’s master baker for over 33 years, pictured with Liliana Piazza.
Tradition tastes delicious at the Ottawa Bagelshop One of the Wellington West neighbourhood’s cornerstone businesses for thirty-three years, the Ottawa Bagelshop, is proud to be a continuing part of the fabric of the Kitchissippi community. Liliana Piazza took over the reins from her father, Vince – the shop’s founder – several years ago and has made striking the delicate yet crucial balance of honouring the past while being mindful of the present a part of her mission. “Like everyone on our team, on a daily basis I am cognizant of the importance of respecting the Bagelshop’s proud heritage but at the same time I know we need to innovate to keep things fresh and interesting for our customers,” explains Liliana. “That’s why we’ve recently updated our logo and refreshed the shop’s décor. All of this was done with our clientele in mind. We know our bagels speak for themselves but we’ve spent time consciously thinking about why people enjoy coming here and what we can do to improve their experience.” Those bagels, in case you’re wondering, are hand made by the thousands each
day, culminating in an annual output of approximately 1.5 million bagels. “Nothing’s better than a hot bagel, in my opinion, and ours are the only ones in the city that are made without dairy, soy or salt,” says Liliana. “We like to make our products with ingredients you can pronounce, using a time-honoured recipe first developed at Montreal’s famous St. Viateur Bagel, with whom we are still affiliated.” Beyond bagels, the shop does a great deal of catering as well as offering unique, fully customizable gift baskets. For both, it draws from its inventory as a gourmet food emporium, home to over 8000 products including hundreds of varieties of cheese along with deli meats, oils, mustards, chocolates, high end treats and more. “We select products based on flavour and quality; we love to support small local business and other Canadian producers, but we also carry international masters like Illy coffee, Labeyrie duck confit, Walker’s Scottish shortbread and Valrhona chocolate, to name just a few,” notes Liliana. Equally popular is the Bagelshop’s welcoming restaurant which has cemented the business’ reputation as a true community hub. “Our goal was to create
a space that is accessible, comfortable and perfect for families and friends of all ages to gather,” she says. “We see three and sometimes four generations in here together and we love that they appreciate the atmosphere we have created. My family and I enjoy eating here just as much as customers do because we know our products are top quality and offer good value.” The topic of community is one that’s very important to Liliana. A member of the board of directors of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, she notes that she’s been working in the neighbourhood since the age of twelve and has grown up appreciating the fact that the area contains one of Ottawa’s greatest concentrations of small, independently owned businesses. “Ours was one of the original businesses on the high street and we are proud of our role as founders yet we recognize that we are but one of many,” she confirms. “There is an amazing sense of collaboration that exists among area businesses. We think our customers appreciate the spirit of this community and we are grateful to them for their continued support which is why we like to pay it forward by being generous supporters of many local charities.”
A business that was founded on the concepts of service and satisfaction, the Bagelshop’s enduring success is due in large part to its hardworking staff, many of whom have been with the shop for years. “In this business, you have to be eager to accommodate people,” says Liliana. “We love working with our customers and believe that having myself or Vince here at all times helps clients know that any special requests can be fulfilled. We’ve been doing this for a long time and really, it’s all about making people happy with products that are full of delicious flavours. The Bagelshop is a pretty happy place and that’s part of what makes it so special.”
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A popular alternative to traditional schooling foot facility on 3 acres with a full gymnasium, gardens, computer programming lab and more. All children between 18 months and 5 receive a Whole Foods lunch. Then, it becomes optional and available to our elementary students three days per week. In this capacity, they also have a home-made lunch twice per week for a balance. Double the ministry-mandated amount of French instruction, music, plenty of active play and specialized art instruction. Before and after school care is available onsite, as are extracurricular music lessons and clubs including horseback riding, swimming and cooking in French, allowing families to spend more quality time with each other at night. “Another key tenet of the Montessori program is mentoring,” says Greg. “Due to our 3-year age groupings in each classroom, once students have mastered a new skill, they naturally want to teach it to younger students, building confidence and communication skills. We see great relationships developed through mentoring.” “Many families feel one of the greatest benefits of a Montessori education is the fact that we do not assign homework,” notes Greg. “All schoolwork
is completed during the school day; we believe it is one of the reasons – in conjunction with the high calibre of instruction and the overall atmosphere of the school – we enjoy a healthy student retention rate.“
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detail. Ronnie and his staff always begin with a full consultation with their clients to find out more about their lifestyle and how best to address their needs. “It’s not just cutting hair – it’s fabricating it,” says Ronnie. “It doesn’t matter what kind of fabric you’ve got, it’s our job to tailor it.”
“It’s not just cutting hair – it’s fabricating it.” Ronnie doesn’t identify with the term “hairdresser,” and instead sees himself as a tailor or an architect of hair. The first step for clients is to build a solid foundation. From there, hair can be tailored to fit a person’s identity and lifestyle changes. Clients love the luxurious treatment, without the assembly-line approach that Ronnie sees at many other high-end salons. “Our salon staff work together to meet the needs of all our clients,” says Ronnie. New clients can expect to be met with patience and a lot of time. Care is taken with every detail, and customers are sure to walk out of DeLuca feeling fabulous.
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Sitting out in front of his hair salon in Westboro, Ronnie DeLuca says hello to everyone passing by his door. It’s the friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community that draws him to Ottawa, and why he’ll never leave to pursue his business in another city. “People always say we’re a blue-collar city, but I don’t think that’s true,” says Ronnie. “Ottawa has so much beauty on the inside and things are really changing with women’s hair and fashion.” Ronnie witnessed many of these changes first hand as a 13-year old sweeping the floors of his uncle Rinaldo’s salons, then as an employee in a number of high-end studios, and now as owner of DeLuca Hair on Richmond Road. Educated first by his uncle and mentor, and then by the likes of Vidal Sassoon and Tony and Guy, Ronnie has attracted a dedicated clientele. He has a passion for learning, and continues to stay on top of industry trends and new techniques. “My influence was my uncle,” says Ronnie. “It was amazing to work alongside somebody that had the name and the legend, and [watch] how he spoke to people and treated his staff.” Clients come to DeLuca Hair for their individual approach and attention to
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The increasing interest in Montessori education is due in large part to its child-centred approach which helps young learners develop both selfconfidence and a foundation for skills development. For over 50 years, OMS Montessori has been a popular choice for families seeking a proven, independent alternative to traditional schooling. “Montessori education serves the whole child,” explains Head of Schools, Gregory Dixon. “Our focus is on an educational experience designed to inspire students to discover the best of who they are, while reaching to achieve their potential. We are one of only three accredited Montessori schools in the Ottawa area and we offer a welcoming, enriching environment for children starting at 18 months. We have expanded to include a high school program, The Element High School at Lansdowne Park, where students benefit from the same rigorous academic standards and emphasis on building independence and self-esteem while fostering a genuine love of learning.” OMS Montessori’s centrally located main campus includes a 44,800-square
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PROCARE offers dynamic services to support kids and parents Choosing the optimal childcare solution can be a challenge, with factors such as convenience, cost and comprehensiveness all on the table. With an emphasis on providing qualified, conscientious and caring services, PROCARE Family Centre has built a solid reputation for making children and their parents happy during its six and a half years on Holland Avenue, just blocks from Tunney’s Pasture. Founders and entrepreneurs, Tiffany Drummond and Erin Choi, had worked together prior to opening PROCARE in 2011; their shared goals and similar teaching styles make them ideal business partners. While they first offered just before and after school care, PROCARE has grown to now offer weekday and weekend programs that include toddler
and preschool programs, a Little Learners playgroup, summer camp, birthday parties, in-home babysitting services and date afternoon and evening programs. PROCARE is a safe, secure fully licensed centre offering dynamic, developmentally focused childcare and family support services. With both full and part time offerings as well as expert staff, some of whom are bilingual, the environment is a busy, happy one enjoyed by newborns through to preteens. Programming is geared to each child’s needs, with an emphasis on goal setting, positivity and enhancing skill sets. Nutritious snacks and meals are prepared onsite from scratch, fuelling the children for crafts, lessons, story time and play, both indoors and out. Both owners are trained Early Childhood Educators (ECE); Tiffany also serves as a faculty supervisor for the ECE program at Algonquin College, a role which sends her to visit other facilities to supervise students on placements and share best practices. “As a result, we have access
to a top talent pool which has been very helpful as Erin and I grow our business, and is one of the reasons we are fortunate to receive fantastic word of mouth referrals,” says Tiffany.
therapy, lice treatment, sleep coaching and potty training. “We know how busy life is for everyone and our goal is to help people navigate parenthood a little more easily,” says Erin.
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PROCARE has become a true community hub, connecting families via referrals and host workshops with other Ottawabased entrepreneurs offering support in areas such as behaviour guidance, speech
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Kitchissippi’s Dynamic Real Estate Duo: Kelly Ebbs and Kerry Millican “When people look at homes in Kitchissippi they quickly realize they are buying into a community so it really helps that we know this neighbourhood inside and out” Kelly Ebbs
you’ll be dealing with from the moment we first meet, until the property sells. You’ll never be treated like just another transaction because we focus on providing exceptional customer service. We want everyone to have a positive experience and I guess it’s working since many of our clients have become our friends over the years.” Kelly and Kerry’s hands-on approach is paying dividends. For the past four years, they’ve been in the top 1% of the Royal LePage sales force nationally. “This achievement speaks to our dedication and customer-focused style,” explains Kelly. “We’re known for go-
ing above and beyond. Whatever your circumstances for buying or selling, we try to make the process as comfortable as possible. Every client deserves to feel as if they have our full and undivided attention. That is our goal.” Kelly and Kerry maintain a good inventory of listings year round, but anticipate a surge of activity through spring and summer, the most popular times to sell and purchase properties. “As full service agents, we’ll be with you every step of the way, should it be time for you to make a move. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.”
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registered massage therapy, psychotherapy, reiki and reflexology. NDs operate much like GPs (general practitioners), performing physical exams and ordering blood tests for their patients. Unlike traditional medicine, naturopathy studies the body as a whole by exploring how each system functions together.
“I feel like a detective.”
Jada often sees patients after they have been suffering from symptoms or a disease for a long period of time, and have been unable to get to the root cause with their GP. “I feel like a detective,” says Jada. Jada melds together several techniques when treating patients, first assessing what may be causing imbalances in the body. There is a lot of focus on nutrition and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies and acupuncture when necessary. “Each person receives individual care and attention depending on their health goals,
underlying root causes of symptoms and commitment to change,” says Jada. By working on both the emotional and physical function of the body, patients at Healing House are supported in their own path towards optimal health.
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As a self-proclaimed “nature nerd,” Dr. Jada MacLeod spent much of her childhood outdoors. She had a keen interest in herbs, and became passionate about natural medicine for health and wellness. “It was during high school when I knew I wanted to be a ND [Naturopathic Doctor],” says Jada. “This was before the internet, and before most people knew much about this stream of healthcare. I knew I wanted to help people feel their best using the medicines that nature provides us, including our innate healing ability.” Also prompted by the fact that her mother was a nurse, Jada pursued an undergraduate degree in health sciences followed by the four-year Naturopathic Doctor program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. After working as an associate in various centres in Ottawa, Jada’s vision for a multidisciplinary clinic came to fruition in a century-old home in Hintonburg. “People tell us that the clinic is very warm and cozy,” says Jada. “My goal was to create a space that allows everyone to feel relaxed, unhurried and fully heard.” Now a team of seven, Healing House provides naturopathic care, along with
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Whether you’re buying or selling a home or investment property, getting the best advice and assistance is crucial in today’s fast-paced real estate market. In Kitchissippi, the dynamic duo of Kelly Ebbs and Kerry Millican with Royal LePage Team Realty are the neighbourhood experts. Kerry has lived in Kitchissippi for most of her adult life and recently built a home in Hintonburg, while Kelly has called this area home for almost thirty years and is raising her family here. “When people look at homes in Kitchissippi they quickly realize they are buying into a community so it really helps that we know this neighbourhood inside and out,” says Kelly. With nearly 20 years of combined real estate experience, they’ve come to know not only this area, but all of Ottawa, extremely well. These two agents may have an impressive team of women supporting them in their office, but they are personally involved in every listing and with every client. “We are the ones
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Good things brewing at La Brûlerie In a small store just across the river, Kitchissippi customers are discovering that the path to a healthy life always includes a decent cup of coffee. Now in its twentieth year of business, La Brûlerie in Gatineau serves 72 varieties of coffee, along with a huge selection of health foods, spices, and supplements. “At the time we moved to this location, we were mostly a fine foods store with coffee, tea and accessories,” says owner Dominique Lauriault. The roastery buys its beans from suppliers in Montreal, who source the coffee from locations all over the world. La Brûlerie roasts over 70 tonnes of coffee per year, selling the beans to local businesses, grocery stores and participating in school fundraisers. It was a keen interest in health foods and a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis that prompted Dominique to expand his store to include a variety of health and wellness products. Frustrated by the lack of medical treatment options for the disease, Dominique focused instead on nutrition to deal with his symptoms. “I put an ad in the local newspaper [about my experience] and started having individuals come into the store to ask me how I’d gotten rid of my symptoms,” explains Dominique. Along with the support
of Dr. Johanne Bégin, La Brûlerie’s inhouse Naturopath, Dominique has helped many individuals recover from Crohn’s disease or colitis. “The rules for a healthy lifestyle are variety in your diet, along with exercise and stress-control” says Dominique. “Everything is OK in moderation.”
“Everything is OK in moderation.” If variety is the key, then La Brûlerie has it all – delicious local ice cream, teas, fresh herbs and spices, a drool-worthy selection of groceries and even some local craft beers. New offerings include kombucha on tap and a nitrogen-infused cold coffee, the appearance of which resembles a creamy stout. The flavours and aromas, normally oxidized by heat, make this coffee an exquisite tasting experience. With so many products to choose from, customers can expect helpful and friendly staff to provide guidance and answer questions. La Brûlerie is more than just a health food store – customers travel near and far for the staff ’s expert advice, highquality goods, and a fantastic cup of coffee.
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Westboro Station Dental on track for success Sitting in a dentist’s chair at the age of nine, Dan Hwang knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. “My first dental visit was a really good experience and that planted a seed,” says Dan. With the encouragement of his parents, Dan worked hard through high school and university, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto. After getting started in a dental practice north of Peterborough, Dan travelled back and forth to his condo in Toronto. Although he loved his patients and enjoyed the weekend city life, he knew deep down that the GTA would never feel like home. It was a chance encounter with Dr. Claudia Courchesne on a dental humanitarian mission to Peru in 2005 that eventually led Dan back to Ottawa. Working with the non-profit Kindness in Action, Dan and Claudia connected through their shared passion for dentistry and their love of working with communities in need. “You get so much more than what you put into it; it’s a really rewarding experience,” says Dan. Dan and Claudia went on to participate in several other dental missions together in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Brazil. When the couple made the decision to settle down together, Ottawa
seemed like the perfect choice. In 2009 Dan opened Westboro Station Dental, and his young family moved to the area around the same time.
“You get so much more than what you put into it.” “One of the things I love most about being a dentist is watching families grow up,” says Dan. “I look forward to seeing future generations come into the practice.” In order to best serve the families at Westboro Station Dental, Dan focuses a lot of his time on continuing education. With her own practice in Kanata, Claudia often travels with Dan to participate in conferences and trainings. “We love learning more about dentistry, in order to be the best dentists we can be,” says Dan. When asked about his plans for the future, Dan is adamant that he won’t be retiring. “I really enjoy what I do, and I’ll continue working so long as my abilities allow me.” Westboro Station Dental is sure to be active in the community for many years to come.
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The Village Quire – so much more than just a card store “I love to help people coordinate the look for their party and can offer tips and tricks on how to maximize your budget.” letter writing station. Molly has also added a new roster of events. “You can check our online calendar then call to sign up for one or more of our small workshops on such topics as bullet journaling, calligraphy, hand lettering and letter writing.” “What I love most about owning The Village Quire is being part of a community. Westboro has such a great vibe – my family and I have lived here fifteen years and even with all the changes, our neighbourhood continues to be community. My customers are my neighbours and friends. I love that part. In some ways Westboro reminds me of the small town where I grew up. I hope people will stop in for our Birthday Party. It’s happening Friday, June 16.”
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Sometimes a store is more than a store, and that’s certainly true of Westboro’s Village Quire. As owner Molly van der Schee likes to say, “We’re more than cards and gifts. People come in and feel connected. I think that’s what it means to be part of a community. I am so grateful to have a shop that is part of this neighbourhood.” Of course, the Village Quire also offers outstanding shopping. You’ll find an impressive selection of cards ranging from sweet to irreverent, along with great gifts and a fabulous assortment of party supplies. “One of the most popular lines is by Meri Meri from the UK. There are all kinds of different themes,” notes Molly. “I love to help people coordinate the look for their party and can offer tips and tricks on how to maximize your budget. If I don’t have what you need, I’m happy to direct you to another store.” One of Molly’s strengths as a storeowner, other than her love of laughter and conversation, is a keen eye for unique products you won’t see elsewhere. “A lot of the cards I sell are by independent Canadian creators. As a local business that enjoys great community support, I am glad to support artists in turn.” A recent renovation and repainting has the Village Quire looking bright and fresh for spring. A new feature is a postcard and
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Jump in for swim lessons and aquafit at Dovercourt We all know that swimming lessons are the optimal way to encourage water safety as well as being a fantastic fitness option during the cooler fall, winter and spring months. In fact, aquatic activities are great for the whole family and one of the city’s best options for fun in the water seven days per week is the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Dovercourt’s pool has been specifically designed to accommodate lessons, with features such as a beach entry ramp plus a variety of pods, making it easy for instructors to closely supervise and interact with students. In addition, there is a dedicated shallow pool for young swimmers to play safely and become water wise. Another bonus is the new $20 Swim and Gym Pass, so parents can work out in Dovercourt’s fitness centre during their kids’ swim lessons. Perhaps best of all, the water in Dovercourt’s pool is always warm, just like the facility’s friendly instructors. Dovercourt’s learn to swim program focuses on improving the three principal swim strokes plus increasing confidence and ability in the water. Instructors develop weekly lesson plans which are reviewed by supervisors, and regular staff training sessions plus performance expectations ensure that your family will receive top-quality, enthusiastic instruction. New this year are online swim report cards so you can
stay informed about your child’s progress, and celebrate their achievements with them. “Dovercourt’s reputation as one of the city’s best employers for young adults means we are fortunate to be able to hire highly skilled instructors who are passionate about teaching children proper technique,” explains Christine Pelletier, Dovercourt’s Manager of Aquatics Programs. “All our swim lessons follow the the higher standards of the Lifesaving Society which emphasize more time spent actively learning water safety. Our end-of-session Survival Day is a unique element that provides a fun yet powerful way to teach children skills that could enable them to save themselves or others in real-life scenarios.”
“We are justifiably proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt” Dovercourt is considered by many to be a hub in our community, notes Program Director Kathleen Finn. “Many families initially come through our doors because they understand that
swim lessons are a necessity; that first introduction usually leads to long-term relationships. We have also been proud to offer low or no cost swim lessons to new Canadians in the community, because water safety is definitely a life skill everyone needs.” Dovercourt’s aquatics staff undergoes extensive training and participates in regular refreshers on safety, rescue situations, changes to current standards and teaching techniques. “Many of our senior aquatics staff are instructor and lifeguard trainers; they serve as a valuable resource for our entire aquatics team. In addition, most of our current staff members have benefitted from a special offering, whereby if you complete your Swim Instructor and National Lifeguard Service training with us, you are guaranteed a job,” says Christine. “We have had great success with hiring staff who have learned and trained at Dovercourt; they are very committed to maintaining our high standards,” says Christine. A great complement to Dovercourt’s swimming lessons are the regular recreational swim times throughout the week, which give families an opportunity to reinforce accomplishments gained through lessons. Thanks to the generous support of The McCann Team (The Guy With The Dog) Real Estate, kids swim for free on Friday nights. During recreational swims, kids can take advantage of the features of the pool to which they’ve
been introduced during lessons, including the rope swing and slides; when not supervising their kids, adults can relax in the hot tub or sauna conveniently located adjacent to the pool. Speaking of adults, a variety of aquafit classes – part of Dovercourt’s comprehensive fitness offerings – present wonderful opportunities to maintain or enhance fitness levels. Dovercourt even offers specialized rehabilitative aquafit which is an ideal program post surgery or injury as it is low impact yet offers gentle stretch and strengthening in addition to cardio. “We are justifiably proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt,” says Kathleen. “We look forward to welcoming you to our warm, inviting pool.” Fall session is underway (2nd half of session private lesson packages begin Oct. 23), registration for Fall II opens on November 7th.”
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Pierre and the gang debated the news, chatted about art and poetry, shared updates about personal events, and occasionally jokes that are probably too risqué for a family newspaper. “He was an everythingphile,” jokes Larry in typical Pierre-esque wordplay. The group also supported each other during personal tribulations. Rob describes how it became a cancer survival group of sorts, as they listened and supported each other through their individual diagnoses — a role they would eventually play for Pierre himself. Susan attests he enjoyed a quieter, more introverted attitude away
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“If I haven’t met her, she doesn’t exist.” This is a joke that Pierre Boivin would throw at his friends when they spoke to him of some relative or loved one without making a real-life introduction. And with the way Pierre’s friends speak of him, that saying is almost believable. From his seat at Bridgehead, Pierre’s sharp skill for conversation drew in countless people to enjoy a friendly conversation. Pierre passed away on September 13 at the age of 71. If you’ve been a regular or one-time visitor to the Golden Avenue Bridgehead, it’s likely you’ve seen Pierre or spoke with him. For the last 10 years he’s been there every morning with an evolving ragtag group, individuals whose only mutual connection was the fact they enjoyed chatting with him. So important were these gatherings to Pierre that his memorial service was held at a local Bridgehead the week following his passing. “He was the glue of the group and brought everyone together,” writes Erin MacKinnon, a longtime attendee of the morning coffee klatch. “When I left Bridgehead, I immediately would look forward to seeing Pierre and the gang again the next morning. It was an uplifting experience.”
The road to healing Healing Pathway: a unique approach to health challenges By Andrea Prazmowski
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those acquainted with energy therapies like Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch and Reiki. The Healing Pathway approach arose through the United Church to intentionally connect energy healing with Christian theology, while recognizing the universality of the practice.
“There is so much more that we don’t understand about healing than what we DO understand.” “We’re reclaiming the wisdom of many ancient healers, including Jesus. But people don’t have to be people of faith to practice or to receive,” explains Sharon, who also instructs others in the practice, together with her husband, Rev. Howard Clark. First United is one of six churches
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in Ottawa offering regular healing sessions for the congregation and wider community, and Kitchissippi United Church on Island Park Drive has also begun including the practice in Sunday services. Across Canada, about 100 churches are involved. “We just see amazing things happening,” says Sharon. Receivers have called the sessions “life-saving” and “transformative” in helping them cope with health challenges, and report feeling less pain, more energy, less anxiety, and more connected “in body, mind and spirit.” A Healing Pathway session can take several forms. In a chair session, the receiver sits and a practitioner stands behind them, hands on – or above – their shoulders, and offers “soaking prayer” for five minutes or more. In a longer session, like those on Tuesdays at First United, receivers usually lie down on a massage table and one or two practitioners work with them for about 50 minutes. They may focus on balancing energy, clearing energy blocks, releasing pain, or other approaches specific to the needs of the recipient. Practitioners also visit people in the hospital. All practitioners are volunteers and payment is by
donation, to support the work. Receivers can choose a “hands on” or “hands off” session. While sessions might begin with a prayer, receivers decide on the words used for the source of the healing, and choices include Wisdom, Mystery, Universal Energy, Creator, and God. “We work with a very careful Code of Ethics,” explains Sharon. “We recognize that people use different language and pathways to the spiritual dimension.” Elspeth MacEwan is a psychiatrist and a practitioner at First United. She says the practice works on both the receivers and the practitioners. “I’ve learned to ground myself. I’ve learned there’s a healing stream that I’m tapping into when I’m doing this work that I can tap into no matter what I do.” If it sounds a bit beyond our usual conversations about health and healing, that doesn’t faze Elspeth. “We’re dealing with mystery,” she says. “There is so much more that we don’t understand about healing than what we DO understand.” For more information, visit healingpathway.ca. Contact information for First United is listed under Practice Groups.
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of acrylic and has evolved out of his first series, Genesis. His last painting in the series is the only vertical piece and the only one to contain a human figure. Genesis represents the movement toward the human form, and also the genesis of himself as a painter. Ernest has given himself the next two to three years to paint full time, fully confident that as he commits to his art form it will continue to develop and improve. “I will always paint,” Ernest says. But, his back-up plan is to make a living working with computers. From a lawyer in Cuba, photographer in Spain, Spanish teacher in Germany, cook in Seattle and now, an artist in Ottawa, Ernest has a vision for the future, a message to convey, and the confidence to experiment with a variety of art forms. View a selection of Ernest Alba’s work at Galerie Côté Créations (98 Richmond Rd.) and on his website at www.ealba.xyz.
am going to paint. My girlfriend said, Do you know how to paint? No, I’m going to learn.” So, just one year ago, Ernest taught himself how to paint with acrylics and created his first series, Genesis, now on display at the Galerie Côté Créations, an artist-run pop-up gallery on Richmond Rd. Ernest is also a philosopher at heart, a reader of classics, someone who is deeply concerned about the world we live in. “The last five years, we are not going forwards, we are going backwards,” he says. “The situation is getting worse on the whole planet. I’m upset with these things. If I keep painting abstract, I’m not going to express anything. “You can express things in a direct way with figurative art. What I was trying to do with my photography is what I’m doing now with painting.” Ernest’s new series of figurative art, which he is currently working on full time out of his studio, uses oils instead
When he was a young lawyer in Cuba, Ernest Alba always dreamt of travelling the world, finding out about people and places and also, getting to know himself. At 45, he left his native country and moved to Spain, working as a photographer in Barcelona. “I wanted to experience what is going on in the world. I didn’t want to create a base but wanted to learn many different languages and learn about the planet,” says Ernest. From Barcelona, Ernest travelled to London, UK for one year, Germany for a year, back to Barcelona and from there to Seattle, Toronto, and two years ago, to Westboro. However, Ernest discovered that there is not much of a market for photography in Canada. He visited and spoke to many gallery owners in Montreal and Quebec, and realized he needed to change the mode of his creative expression. “I said to myself, I
OCTOBER 14 - FUREVER LOVE FUR FEST POOCH PARTY
The Furever Love Fur Fest Pooch Party at Parkdale Park will be taking place October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll have fun and games, refreshments, live music, vendors, raffles, doggie kissing booth, photo booth, best doggie costume contest and lots of doggie treats. All proceeds go to the Sit With Me Dog Rescue Organization. The City of Ottawa has granted special permission to welcome dogs in the park during the hours of this event so all dogs are welcome!
OCTOBER 14 – ONE PERSON PLAY
Getting to Room Temperature is a hard-hitting, sentimental and funny one-person play about dying that is based on a mostly true story. The performance is taking place at First Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Ave.) on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments also available. Tickets are available at firstunitarianottawa.ca/gtrt.html or by calling 613-725-1066.
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OCTOBER 16 - WHAT IS EXPEDITION CRUISING?
Cruising is a popular way of traveling today. There are many types and sizes of ships navigating the globe. Carole Gobeil has a yearning for smaller and more intimate ships. She enjoys the opportunity of meeting people around the world who favor traveling on these expedition ships. Getting closer to nature, wildlife, and the locals are all part of what we call expedition cruising. Come and find out more! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
OCTOBER 18 - A CONVERSATION WITH COUNCILLOR LEIPER
The Hampton Iona Community Group will be hosting a seminar, “A Conversation with Councillor Leiper - Ward 15 looking 4Ward,” at 7 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen at the Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Road. Details will soon be available at hamptoniona.wordpress. com.
OCTOBER 20 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY
Get a team together and compete for cash donations for your favourite charity at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. Door, bar and Café 480 open at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7:30. Cost: $10 per player (maximum team size six). Reasonably priced pregame food, door prize speed draws, early bird team draw prizes, and more. Team registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at rcl480.com. For info call 613-262-8647.
OCTOBER 20 & 21 - KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH FALL RUMMAGE SALE
The Kitchissippi United Church Fall Rummage Sale will be taking place Friday October 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday October 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothes, books, toys, kitchenware, small appliances, boutique specials and more! 630 Island Park Drive. Please call 613-722-7254 for info.
OCTOBER 20 - OKTOBERFEST
On Friday October 20 St. Georges Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave.) will celebrate Oktoberfest with an evening of fine German food, local brewed beer, and good fun. The event will take place in the parish hall between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Come and enjoy German sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, dessert, coffee. tea, juice and cash bar.Adults $16; Children $8.00 (4-12 years). For tickets contact 613-728-0201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to the parish website at saintgeorges.ca.
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. 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
OCTOBER 21 – WOODROFFE UNITED CHURCH FALL BAZAAR
Items available include china, books, bake table, silent auction, toys, jewellery, used furniture and much more. 207 Woodroffe Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments and lunch available. For more information, please contact Woodroffe United Church at 613-722-9250.
OCTOBER 21 - CHURCH BAZAAR
The Our Lady of Fatima Church Bazaar will be taking place at 153 Woodroffe Ave. on Saturday October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas crafts, white elephant, jewellery, baking, books, toys, tearoom and more! Everyone welcome. For information please call 613-722-7661.
OCTOBER 25 - CUT AND COME AGAIN VEGETABLES
Join Edythe Falconer, of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton as she talks about her own expe-
rience cultivating edibles that go on living all summer long and teaches you how to get the most out of your vegetable garden. Handouts will be available. This program is offered as part of the à la carte food literacy project in partnership with Just Food. Funded by the government of Ontario. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, October 25 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
OCTOBER 26 – CARLINGWOOD FILM CLUB
Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, bookclub-style chat about film and cinematography! The October film is CyberSeniors. For November, it’s Twelve. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
OCTOBER 27 – NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY
Join us as we gather at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Fr. Galen Bank, Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “The Lord is our Refuge.” A reception will follow (in the lower hall).
OCTOBER 27 - NEPEAN HIGH SCHOOL UNITED WAY BREAKFAST
The annual United Way Breakfast is a charity event that brings the Ottawa community together to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast with food donated from local stores and restaurants. All proceeds go to the United Way and the Dave Smith Foundation, which helps youth struggling with substance abuse. Last year, NHS raised over $5,000. The event takes place on Friday October 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Nepean High School (574 Broadview Ave). Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
OCTOBER 28 - WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BAZAAR & ART SALE
Affordable artwork and other items by local artists plus collectables, knitting, jewellery, used books, home baking and our friendly café. 470 Roosevelt Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit mywestminster.ca or call 613-722-1144.
OCTOBER 30 - STARTING A BUSINESS
Learn what you need to consider when starting your business and what you need to do so that you can determine if your business idea is feasible. Whatever kind of business you are starting online, home-based, local, product sales or service--the steps and procedures in preparing your business are the same. In addition, you will learn specifics
on regulations and things to consider for certain types of business. Invest Ottawa business advisors present this information-packed workshop to get you started in the right direction. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, October 30 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
NOVEMBER 18 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC
Come dance with your young family, grandkids or kids you know at a super fun community dance in the heart of Westboro! Fantastic live traditional music (think fiddles). No experience necessary as all dances are taught and very family-friendly. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with optional potluck after! For more details go to ottawacontra.ca/familydance. Can’t make it to the November dance? Mark these dates in your calendar: January 20 2018, March 17 2018, April 21, 2018.
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.
WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY POOL
Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-7252778.
Above & Beyond Toastmasters meet through the summer months as well as all year on Monday nights (Except Holiday Mondays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main Floor in the Bickell Room. It is a friendly atmosphere where one can learn to hone their leadership skills and become more confident in speaking.
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