Community calendar

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September 1 – October 5 – Annual Ottawa Peace Festival

The 13th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival is being held from September 1 to October 5. Come one, come all! Mostly free events, ranging from films, lectures, presentations, kids’ events, and MUCH MORE! Please attend and come help build Ottawa as a world city of peace and reconciliation. Join in and be inspired! The following are events taking place in the Kitchissippi Ward area. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm — Leading Dialogues with Individuals Haunted by Traumatic Events, Historical or Current. Dr. Gita Arian Baack teaches effective group dialog leadership. Create a safe space, build group cohesiveness, and use process tools. — At Moe’s World Famous Newport Restaurant, 322 Churchill Ave, side door room, food available for purchase — Gita’s book for sale. Contact: Dr. Gita Arian Baack, gbaack@rogers.com or 613-271-1293. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7:30 am to 9 am – The RCMP Shooting of Inuit Dogs in the 1950’s: There can be no peace without reconciling with the past — By Pitta Imiq, Inuit leader — At Moe’s World Famous Newport Restaurant, 322 Churchill Ave, side door room, free breakfast — Contact Daniel Stringer, thestring@rogers.com, 613 218-1431; or Blandine Stringer, blandinestringer@gmail.com. On Sunday, Sept. 29, from 7 pm to 10 pm — Film: Time of the Sixth Sun — An 8-week process. Begins with a shared opening of Sacred Space Circle, the film, and a closing talking sharing circle. — At Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. — Contact: Judith Matheson at 819-684-3099.For more information about the Peace Festival, visit https://ottawapeacefestival.blogspot.com/

September 17 – Nepean Choir Open Rehearsals

Have you thought about joining a choir? Nepean Choir welcomes new voices. We rehearse weekly through fall and winter and perform several times during the season, doing two major concerts and community outreach. Our repertoire ranges from traditional choral works to folk, musical theatre and pop. All voice parts are welcome, but we seek tenors, baritones, and basses in particular. Our September rehearsals are open to all. Come check us out and see if we are the right fit for you. Rehearsals are at Nepean High School, 574 Broadview Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

September 21 – TASTE of Wellington West

Dozens of our area restaurants, food stores, caterers and gourmet services will be serving up food samples in exchange for a donation to our charity partner, the Parkdale Food Centre. Come out for a full day of great food, sidewalk sales and entertainment in Hintonburg and Wellington Village. Food samples will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there are sidewalk sales all day. Volunteer positions are available. For more information, please email info@wellingtonwest.ca.

September 21, 22, 28, 29  – West End Studio Tour
The annual West End Studio Tour (WEST) is a pleasant walking, biking or driving tour of art studios located in Ottawa. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Find maps to the Studios at many businesses in Wellington West, Hintonburg and Westboro, or download it from http://westendstudiotour.ca

September 22 – McKellar Park Fall Festival

This fun-filled event takes place at McKellar Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine. It will offer activities for everyone in our community from kids’ games to musical entertainment and delicious food. Come show your spirit and pride in this incredible neighbourhood in which we live, work and play. For more information, contact mpca.blog@gmail.com or check out our Twitter account @McKellarPark.

September 24 – Nepean Choir Open Rehearsals

Have you thought about joining a choir? Nepean Choir welcomes new voices. We rehearse weekly through fall and winter and perform several times during the season, doing two major concerts and community outreach. Our repertoire ranges from traditional choral works to folk, musical theatre and pop. All voice parts are welcome, but we seek tenors, baritones, and basses in particular. Our September rehearsals are open to all. Come check us out and see if we are the right fit for you. Rehearsals are at Nepean High School, 574 Broadview Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

September 25th – Memory Fitness: Exercising Your Brain

Memory Fitness is a research-informed program that has provided recreational memory improvement classes since 2014. The goal is to encourage healthy people to be proactive and prevent cognitive decline associated with aging. Maria Giovannitti, the co-founder of Memory Fitness and a retired speech-language pathologist, will be appearing at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave., at 6:30 p.m. to present fun and interactive group brain exercises, with practical tips to help improve memory. This class will be of interest to older adults and their families. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

September 27 – Night of Worship and Ministry

Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on September 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme is “A Catholic Understanding of the Ministry of Healing.” The speaker, Most Reverend Scott McCaig, is the Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada. He previously served two terms as General Superior of the Companions of the Cross and, with a broad spectrum of pastoral experience, continues to be a highly sought-after conference and retreat presenter. 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); (night.worship.ministry@stmarysottawa.ca).

September 27-28 Kitchissippi United Church Fall Rummage Sale 

The Kitchissippi United Church is holding its Fall Rummage Sale, Friday, September 27 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 from 9am to noon. 630 Island Park Drive, Ottawa. Clothes, books, toys, collectibles, kitchenware, small appliances, linens, boutique specials and more! For info 613-722-7254 or www.kitchissippiuc.com

September 28 – Causeway’s Wheely Awesome Scavenger Hunt

Get out your bikes and compete in Causeway’s first-ever scavenger hunt by bike! Venture out on your own or as part of a team with your friends and decipher a series of clues that will take you around the city for your chance to win great prizes, spend quality time with your friends and make a difference in someone’s life! Test your knowledge to solve each clue, share pics of your journey on Instagram and Twitter and flood the streets of Ottawa with bikes. The best part is that all proceeds go towards supporting people who have barriers to employment such as mental illness, disability, poverty and homelessness and help them find meaningful and lasting employment. To participate, purchase your $20 event ticket through Eventbrite! If you fundraise over $100 for Causeway, your registration fee will be refunded. No fundraising or registration fee necessary for kids 12 and under! All donations support individuals who have barriers to employment, such as a mental illness or disability, in finding meaningful and rewarding work. For more information, go to causewayworkcentre.org/wheely-awesome-scavenger-hunt.

September 28 – Live music: The Divas

This classy and classic rock duo will be on stage from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Public admission: $5. (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2). For more information: 613-725-2778.

September 28 – Mothercraft Ottawa 75th Anniversary Celebration

Mothercraft is welcoming alumni and community members to a special celebration at 475 Evered Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for fun activities, food, entertainment and reminiscing.

October 4 – Trivia Challenge for Charity

On Friday, Oct. 4, the Westboro Legion Branch 480  invites you to compete for donations to your favourite charity. Cost is $15/player with a maximum team size of 6. All are welcome but must be 19 or older. Registration forms are available at the upstairs bar or online: http:/www.rcl480.com/TCFC/index.html. To be eligible for Early Bird team draw, register by Sept. 27. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 389 Richmond Rd.

October 5 – Hampton Iona Community Group Garden Event

Hampton Iona Community Group will be holding a ‘Garden Event’, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Field house in Iona Park.

This year the whole country is participating in planting 1.1 million “Liberation 75 Tulips”. Next spring these tulips will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. We will also be clearing away the annuals, and storing the planters for winter. All are welcome to this Family Event.

October 5-6 – Giant Book Sale

The KLEO Support Group 12th Annual Book Sale, supporting education for ethnic minority students in Thailand, will take place at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Donations are welcome, and every accepted donation of gently used books, gives you a ballot for a chance to win $20 of free books at the sale. One coupon per
donor. One winner only. For more information, contact coleenscott51@gmail.com

October 5-6 and 19 – Capital Region Model Railway Tour

For a third year, local railway modellers are opening their layouts for a day to host visitors who would like to see what model railroading is all about. This self-guided tour is open to everyone interested in learning more about the hobby of model railroading, whether you want to get ideas to build your own layout, or just like looking at trains. Cost is $10 per person; under 16 free. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St Anthony St. In addition, this year we are presenting a public train show on October 5-6 at Galeries Aylmer in Gatineau, featuring seven modular and portable layouts. At the Aylmer show, you will be able to register in advance for the Tour, which allows you to skip registration at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall on October 19 and go straight to visiting the layouts. For more information, and to view pictures of the fine layouts on the Tour, visit our website at http://capitaltrains.ca.

October 24 – Let’s Talk About Elder Abuse: Protect yourself and others in the community

In this social awareness session, the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre’s Elder Abuse Response & Referral Service (EARRS) will share how to recognize elder abuse, and much more. EARRS is working to effect positive change when seniors reach out for help or offer help to others.  Seniors, and all who know and work with them, are invited to join this conversation. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 3 pm  [Registration required] For more information go to:  https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/let%E2%80%99s-talk-about-elder-abuse-protect-yourself-and-others-community-2

October 26 – Woodroffe United Church Fall Bazaar

This event will take place at 207 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawam from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items available include clothing, china, books,
bake table, gift baskets, tools, white elephant, silent auction, toys,
kitchenware, Christmas decorations, jewellery, furniture and much more.

For more information, please contact the Church at 613 722-9250.

October 28 – Small Business Financing

Join Antonio Garcia, small business advisor at Scotiabank, for an informational talk about how the process works and how to prepare before applying for credit (any credit) and/or grants for your small business.  Antonio will focus on financing for startups.  What are the options for finding financing for your startup? What information do you need to provide to apply for financing?  Antonio will share essential information about credit, loans, other options, and useful tips about credit and alerts.  Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm.   [Registration required] For more information go to: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/small-business-financing-3

November 2 – St Martin’s Anglican Church Bistro & Bazaar
The event will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at 2120 Prince Charles Road. Featuring homemade baked goods, unique gifts, fashion accessories, seasonal décor items, silent auction treasures, knit goods and crafts. After shopping you can stay and enjoy our bistro lunch! www.stmartinsottawa.ca

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