Community calendar

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February 21-22 – Elmdale BookFest 2020

Because of renovations to the school, Elmdale Public School’s BookFest 2020 takes place at Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Public School at 250 Holland Ave. on Friday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and books cost between $.50 and $3 (cash only). There will also be a raffle and bake sale.

February 22 – Parkdale Proms

The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and guest conductor John Kraus present “Parkdale Proms” on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Parkdale United Church (429 Parkdale Ave. starting at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a journey through centuries of British music, from George Frideric Handel to William Walton. The concert will feature Ralph Vaughn William’s The Lark Ascending, with soloist Adam Nelson and Jeremiah Clarke’s The Prince of Denmark, with soloist Anne Shea. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are available in advance from Rob’s Music, orchestra members, or at for: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door for: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Children are free.

February 22 – Poetry Workshop with Apollo the Child

Join spoken word artist and Awesome Authors contest judge Apollo The Child for tips and tricks on how to write a winning poem. This workshop is aimed at teenagers ages 13-18 at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information go to

February 25 – Teen Ink Night

Join our teen artists who will help you get started drawing. Paper and pens will be supplied. Delicious mocktails will be served. This workshop is aimed at teenagers ages 13 to 18 years at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Drop-in. For more information go to

February 25 – Ottawa Horticultural Society February meeting – Botanicals and Drinks

Whether your drink of choice is beer, wine, cocktails, coffee, or tea, plants make up many of the beverages we enjoy every day, and the natural history of these important plant species is deeply intertwined with the cultural history of these drinks. Join Canadian Museum of Nature botanist Paul Sokoloff in exploring the botany behind what’s in your cup. There is also a seed swap beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Tom Brown Arena.

February 26 – Scam Avoidance and Trust

Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal/ professional technology needs) as he reviews the significant difference between blind and wise trust, the various scam sources, tips to be aware of, details common to all scams and, most importantly, how to take control.  Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.  [Registration required] For more information go to:

February 28 – Friday night dance

Country Reflections performs in the Westboro Legion’s upstairs bar & lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Cover $5 (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2). For more information: 613-725-2778.

February 28 – Arts Night

First Unitarian Congregation 30 Cleary Ave (off Richmond Rd). You are invited to come and see T. Anders Carson, poet, Anthony Tremaglia, painter and Guy Major, jazz instrumentalist talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. Evening starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5 Information: 613-725-1066

February 28 – Night of Worship and Ministry

Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on February 28t, 7-9 p.m. Theme: “Priests, Prophets and Kings”. The speaker is Fr. Francis Donnelly of the Companions of the Cross. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every fourth Friday of the month. For more information, please contact: Natalia Lacar (613- 728-9811 x720); (

February 29 – Woodroffe Ave Public School Book Sale

Books donated by families, $1-2. Open to public Saturday, February 29, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Coffee and baked treats available too.

March 5- 8 – Inhale Again – An International Women’s Day Art Exhibition

Come visit An art exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day, opening Thursday, March 5 from 6-10 p.m. The exhibition continues March 6 from 6-10 p.m. and March 7 and 8 from noon to 6 p.m. 951 Gladstone Avenue (just west of Preston). Open to art lovers everywhere.

March 13 – Child Haven Fiesta

Enjoy an evening of South-Asian dance and music to benefit Child Haven International. Entertainer Kulgit Sodhi combines Indian folk, jazz and world music using instruments, voice and a fun Bollywood dance style that inspires audience participation. Enjoy performances of Nepali and Tibetan traditional dance and complimentary South-Asian snacks. First Unitarian, 30 Cleary (Richmond near Woodroffe) 7:00-9:00 pm. Visit for tickets or at door $30. adults $5. children.

March 15 – St. Patrick’s Dinner and Social

The Knight’s of Columbus at St. Georges Parish will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Social on Sunday, March 15 at the Parish Hall, 415 Piccadilly Avenue N. from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be live Irish music and Irish dancers. Dinner will include Irish stew, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Cash bar. Tickets can be purchased on line at the parish website or contact Steve at 613 724 0086.  Adults: $20 Children 7-12 years $10, Children 6 and under no charge. Come and join us for a evening of good food and fun.

March 15 – Limmud Ottawa

Dozens of fascinating speakers will provide lots to talk about at Limmud 2020, a festival of Jewish learning, Sunday March 15 at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. Adult admission for the day is $36 and includes all sessions and a light kosher lunch. Register online at or on See the full list of speakers on the website at .

March 16 – Nailed It! Teen Challenge

Based on the Netflix show Nailed It!, try your hand at recreating a stunning treat and craft.We’ll show you one craft and two desserts and you will have a set a mount of time to build and create your own, trying to make them look as much like the examples as possible! This program is aimed at teenagers ages 12-18 at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information go to

March 17 – Teen Bullet Journaling 101 Workshop

A bullet journal is a to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, a planner AND a diary. Want to start your own Bullet Journal but aren’t sure how? Join Molly from Westboro shop Village Quire who will do a walkthrough on how to start and maintain your very own journal, while providing inspiration on how to format your journal to work best for you. Calligraphy pens and lined paper will be provided. There will be snacks! This workshop is aimed at teenagers ages 13 to 18 yrs at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Registration Required. For more information visit

March 19 – Seniors Friendship Lunch
Aside from offering a $2 Tuesday and Friday morning drop-in pickleball, and Wednesday drop-in meditation and ukulele practice, the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre is promoting a Friendship Lunch March 19 , for $20.  Doors open at noon.  This is a great opportunity to break away from winter hibernation and get out and link with other community members.  Call the Centre at 613-798-8872 to register or come in and see us and learn what else we offer.  Registration for the luncheon must be by March 16th at the latest.

March 22 – International World Water Day

Celebrate water’s vital and sacred role in our lives. Discussions and activities on Sunday, March 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. at First United Church, 347 Richmond Rd. Learn about the many organizations promoting access to water and protecting it from single-use plastic and privatization. Music! Door prizes! Children’s art corner! Refreshments! Sponsored by Ottawa Water Study/Action Group and First United Church Water Care Allies. For more info visit:

March 25 – A Night in New York

“A Night in New York” will have you feel as though you have been transported to New York City for an exciting night on the town with out leaving the city. The evening will include singers performing Broadway hits, stand-up comedy, busker acts, and a hearty Italian family style meal to make you truly feel as though you are experiencing ‘the city that never sleeps’. Come to “A Night in New York”. Proceeds go to The Ottawa Riverkeepers, Candlelighters, and the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. Don’t delay. Get your tickets now at

March 29 – Annelies

The Ottawa Choral Society presents Annelies: Diary of a Young Girl at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Fairmount Ave) on March 29 at 3 p.m. It is so easy to forget that Anne Frank (Annelies was her full name) was not just a historical figure. Like most youngsters, she had her personal heroes — she kept a photograph of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth pinned to the wall next to her bed. The legacy of Anne’s diary and her death has been profound. Courageous and intelligent, she would have turned 90 this year — but Anne did not get to grow up and become a little old lady. Tickets:

April 6 – Pollinator gardening presentation

Join Berit Erickson for a virtual photo tour of her pollinator garden and backyard habitat gardens. She’ll share what she’s learned about pollinators, their favourite flowers and habitat requirements. Discover how to design, plant and maintain your own pollinator garden. The presentation will take place on Monday, April 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the McKellar Park Fieldhouse, 539 Wavell Avenue. For further information, visit

April 24 and 25 – Kitchissippi United Church Spring Rummage Sale

A fine selection of clothing, jewelry, boutique items, shoes, books, collectibles, household items, toys and more make this a popular event.  Friday April 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon,  at 630 Island Park Drive (at the Queensway).  For information 613-722-7254 or

Mondays – Toastmasters

Learn confidence. Hone your Leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters meet every Monday (except Holidays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main floor in the Bickell Room. Relaxed atmosphere. Meet great people. Everyone 18 and up are welcome. More info contact

Tuesdays starting January 21 – Alpha Dinner and Film Experience

Come and explore the big questions of life, meaning, and faith at our Alpha Dinner and Film Experience – Tuesday evenings starting January 21. Check-in 6:28 PM. Register via, email: or leave a message at 613–728–9811 x701. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 100 Young Street. Access via parking lot. Alpha is free, the experience priceless!

Wednesdays – Beautiful Feet Foot Care

Every Wednesday, Beautiful Feet will be at Churchill Senior Community Center. Please call 613-798-4783 and leave a message and we will book you an appointment time and answer any questions.

The first Wednesday of the month – Knit night at Parkdale Food Centre

From: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Bring your enthusiasm and curiosity. We’ve got the tools to help you get started.

January- June – Homework Club Program

Starting in January , Frontier College will be offering a Homework Club program for children ages 6–12 at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The program will run Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Learners at the Homework Club will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with volunteer tutors in an environment adapted to their individual needs. No prior registration is required and all programming is free. For more information, please contact the Carlingwood branch of the library, or else email

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