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Earn Extra Money! Computer-animated film Keep Your Weekends Free! plus fantasy drama film scheduled for movie nights John Curry john.curry@metroland.com

EMC news - Two computer-animated films, both big hits, plus a fantasy drama film will be shown at the upcoming winter movie nights in Stittsville. These winter movie nights, hosted by Stittsville’s youth connexion program, are open to those of all ages, with families encouraged to attend. The movies will be shown at 7 p.m. in the hall at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Centre. And best of all, they are all free – yes, that’s right, free. There will also be snacks and drinks available, although for a price. The first movie in this series to be shown will be “Happy

Feet,� leading off the series on Friday, Feb. 8. “Happy Feet,� a 2006 computer animated musical family film, won the Academy Award for best animated feature film. It involves the story of Mumble, a tap dancing penguin who is an outcast from other penguins but who eventually saves the penguin colony through his dancing. This initial movie will be followed on Friday, March 8 with the showing of “Ice Age 3,� also known as “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.� This 2009 computer animated comedy adventure film went on to become one of the highest grossing animated films of all time, so you know that it’s good. This winter movie nights

series will wrap up with the showing of the 2012 Walt Disney fantasy drama film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.� It is about a magical pre-adolescent boy whose personality and naivete have a profound impact on the residents in his town. Those planning to attend these winter movie nights are urged to take along chairs and blankets for comfortable seating. Everyone is welcome. However, just like for the summer movie nights at Village Square Park which were hosted by Stittsville’s youth connexion program, there is no supervision provided for children. Older youth can stay on their own but younger children will require parental supervision.

Skating and music John Curry john.curry@metroland.com

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EMC news - Starring Canadian figure skating legend Elizabeth Manley, along with other renowned skaters like Elvis Stojko, Joanne Rochette, and Nancy Kerrigan, the “Elizabeth Manley and Friends� ice show at Scotiabank Place this Saturday, Jan. 26 promises to offer a unique combination of live music and skating. And while it will be Elizabeth and her talented friends who will be performing on the ice, one of those who will be singing while the skaters skate will be Stittsville’s own Nathan Haller, a Sacred Heart Catholic High School graduate who is now a fourth year undergraduate students at the renowned Juilliard School in New York City. Nathan will not only be one of those singing while the skaters in the gala skate on the ice but he will also have a solo performance as well. Elizabeth Manley first heard Nathan sing a number of years ago at an induction ceremony for the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. She has been aware of his vocal endeavours ever since and when she was planning this “Elizabeth Manley and Friends� ice show to raise funds for youth mental health initiatives, Nathan was engaged as one of the singers to add that live musical touch to the event. And Nathan certainly will not be out of place at the event. This past summer, he was in Germany where he performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra and was part of numerous concerts in Neumarkt and Dresden under the direction of conductors Maestro Helmut Rilling and Maestro Hoftsetter. Reviews from these performances described Nathan as “a brilliant tenor� and “a lyric tenor with a rarity who had a beautifully guided

Nathan Haller voice that the market longs for.� Indeed, he was even offered a contract with the Frankfurt Opera House upon completion of his studies which may be a little while away yet as he plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Music starting this September. Recently Nathan performed in “A Night at the Operetta� concert at the Lincoln Centre in New York City as The Juilliard School’s vocal department collaborated with the New York Festival of Song to put on an evening dedicated to the world of operetta with its witty and charming music drawn from Europe and America. So, this “Elizabeth Manley and Friends� ice show gala will give Stittsville and area residents as well as others from across the city and region an opportunity to hear and enjoy Nathan Haller’s talented singing while enjoying the beauty of on-ice figure skating by some of the Canada and the world’s best skaters. The “Elizabeth Manley and Friends� ice show at Scotiabank Place this Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. will be raising funds for the Do It For Da-

ron initiative regarding youth mental health and for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. This is Elizabeth Manley’s way of giving back to her community as she herself has suffered from mental health issues. She is aware that there are thousands of teens across Canada who are facing the same kind of challenges with mental issues as she did and that’s why she has invited some of her talented friends to perform in this ice show. Elizabeth Manley herself is a silver medalist from the 1988 Olympic Games as well as a three time Canadian champion. Elvis Stojko is a two time Olympic silver medalist, a three time world champion and a seven time Canadian champion. Joanne Rochette was the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and is a six time Canadian champion. Nancy Kerrigan is an Olympic silver medalist, an Olympic bronze medalist and a former United States champion. Also performing will be Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, 2012 Canadian pairs champions; Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Canadian world competitors; Jozef Sabovcik, a six time Czechoslovakian champion; Shawn Sawyer, a Canadian world competitor; Gladys Orozco, a Mexican national champion; and Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno, Canadian world competitors. Also singing at the event will be Ericka Hunter, an Ottawa native who has performed on Broadway. Her debut album is expected to be released this spring. Tickets for the “Elizabeth Manley and Friends� ice show this Saturday, Jan. 26 at Scotiabank Place are available through CapitalTickets.ca.

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January 24, 2013

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