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MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Boys and girls took a break from homework to celebrate the partnership the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa at the McCann Clubhouse and Queen Elizabeth Public School. The club is an afterschool program with professional tutors. Queen Elizabeth Public School applied for a grant through the Ministry of Education to provide the funding for the club to professionally staff the homework club. The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa McCann Clubhouse unit provides a bus to safely bring the kids to the clubhouse after school. McCann Clubhouse director Adam Joiner said it is a great way to give both the kids and parents assurance homework gets done in time and correctly. “It is a great way to offer the kids a chance to do their homework with professional tutors. Something, if it weren’t for Queen E, we would not be able to do. It is a great partnership,” Joiner said. The clubhouse has noticed a consistent number of 90 to 110 students at the homework club each night since the program started. The kids have the chance to get their school work done and then continue

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At the McCann Clubhouse, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa celebrated the spectacular partnership they have created with the local public school, Queen Elizabeth Public School and their new professionally staffed homework club. on with the other Boys and Girls Club programs. Supply teacher by day and tutor at the clubhouse at night, Holly Taylor finds this partnership really offers the kids the best

of both worlds. “They get their work done and still get to play,” Taylor said. Like the other tutors, Taylor individualizes the study programs for each student

to make sure the kids take advantage of the best form of learning for them. “We get to know them and how they learn and what interests them and build the study guide program from there,” Taylor adds. Natasha Mattix-Simon has been taking part in the program for the last two year and said she has noticeably improved her math skills. She also said she likes getting extra credit work if there’s no work to complete. “If you don’t have homework, you get to read cool stories and talk about them,” Mattix-Simon said. The 12-year-old added that she is interested in writing short stories and the homework club has given her the opportunity to work on her writing skills. Joiner said he believes the partnership between the school and the clubhouse works out so well because the school provides the professional needs and the clubhouse provides the social skills. Vice-principal of Queen Elizabeth Public School Marc Cruise is also pleased with the program. Of course the educational benefit is the finest aspect. “The kids get at least one hour or more of uninterrupted learning time,” Cruise said.

Bluesfest excites local folk singer EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

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Nepean-based folk musician Ana Miura will be one of the highlights of the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. board Magazine has ranked as one of the Top 10 music festivals in North America. Miura, who will be performing at one of the festival satellite locations on Rideau Centre, wants to remind Ottawans there will also be a wide variety of local talent on display as well. “The festival will provide music lovers with a great opportunity to see their favourites and new up coming musicians,” Miura noted. “I hope they will check on us too.” Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest will celebrate their 18th edition with an array of blues, gospel, roots, world and popular music. “It is a great cross section of just everything,” said Miura. The festival will feature six stages— five outdoors at the Lebreton Flats and an indoor stage inside the neighbouring Canadian War Museum.

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Local folk singer Ana Miura is one of more than 200 acts expected to play at the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in July, and she’s looking forward to playing on one of the biggest stages in North America. “It is an awesome opportunity for a local artist like me to be performing at this year’s Bluesfest” said Miura. “It is such a huge festival, not just in Ottawa, but in North America and to be able to mention that you played in such a festival is very important both for your resume and career.” Spanning 13 days, from July 5 to 17 (Monday, July 10 is an off-day), the festival lineup, released on April 26, will feature artists ranging from indie-rock darlings The Flaming Lips to music legends like Peter Frampton and Bootsy Collins. Other acts who confirmed for event, which will take place once again at the Lebreton Flats, include Soundgarden, Huey Lewis and The News, Ben Harper, Steve Miller Band, The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, Erykah Badu, Jennifer Hudson, The Roots and Girl Talk. As far as Canadian content goes, fans will have the chance to catch performances by the Tragically Hip, Death From Above 1979, Bedouin Soundclash, Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent and Buck 65, also known as Richard Terfry, who is also the host of CBC Radio 2’s Radio 2 Drive show. Additional artists are expected to be added to the lineup as the festival draws near. Organizers are expecting another year of great attendance while offering a dynamic festival experience for what Bill-

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Students celebrate McCann Clubhouse homework club

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May 5, 2011