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Summertime and the weekends are busy

Miss Vicky Fri Jun 14, 2013

We're gearing up for summer at the Finishing School. That means that weekends are a frenzy of activity with no possibility of making all of the fabulous community events. But we sure try!

Here are a few things happening this weekend:

Saturday, June 15

Devonshire School is holding its first (and hopefully annual) Community Yard Sale and Carnival, at its location on Breezehill. Check out what your neighbours are looking to purge and score some great deals while the kids enjoy games and a BBQ. The yard sale and bake sale start at 9:00 and the games and BBQ will start at 10:00. The event runs until 1pm, leaving plenty of time for some of the other awesome neighbourhood activities!

It turns out that Mrs. Tiggywinkles and Lost Marbles have a warehouse right across from Devonshire, and they will be opening it up on Saturday to clear out some of their excess stock. They promise HUGE DISCOUNTS (yes, in capital letters). Sale begins at 8am and runs until 2pm at 75 Breezehill Avenue North.

The Mechanicsville community, which has been really getting organized and active this year, is hosting Mechanicsville Day at Laroche Park, from noon until 4pm. There will be music, a bouncy slide, a BBQ and bake sale. Somerset West CHC will host a Good Food Market and there will be info tables from Parkdale Food Centre and some of our other amazing local social service organizations.

On Saturday Evening, the annual Hintonburg Family Movie Festival resumes its showings. The indoor kid-oriented movie is Wreck-it Ralph and starts at 7pm in the Hintonburg Community Centre. The evening fare is Lean on Me and starts at 9. Snacks will be available for purchase but the flicks are free.

A hop, skip and jump across the train tracks from these events, you'll find a ton of activity in Little Italy. Italian Festival is always super busy and fun, but I wanted to highlight 2 activities this weekend.

On Saturday, the Preston Farmer's Market opens. We love this market - especially the amazing Farmer's Breakfast, where you buy a plate and then get a bit of something from several stalls. The market is open Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, in the parking lot of Il Postino at the corner of Preston and Louisa. Stalls include fresh produce, meats, hand-roasted coffee, baked yumminess, handicrafts, artisanal furniture, and jewellery. They also feature live music each week, so it's a great family outing as well as a place to shop.

On Sunday, there's a Family Bike Parade down Preston Avenue. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to take part. The starting point will be on Young Street near the bike path. Bike Decorating starts at 9:30 and the parade down Preston St. and the new O-Train bike path starts at 10:30am sharp.

I am sure there are other things happening this weekend, so feel free to add events in the comments section!


Upcoming events! A Busy Spring Saturday

Miss Vicky Wed May 1, 2013

Now that the weather FINALLY seems to be getting nicer, the residents of the Finishing School are looking to spend as much time outside as possible.

This Saturday offers a number of opportunities to get out and about in the 'hood.

The Annual HCA-WWBIA Spring Clean-up the Capital takes place in the morning (registration is between 8:30 and 9:30am at the Hintonburg Community Centre). Once you register, you'll head out to one of the neighbourhood parks to rake, de-litter and generally make the space safe and tidy for the season. Garbage bags and leaf bags are provided; it's always a good idea to bring your own gloves, rakes and anything else you think might be useful (one family brought tongs for cigarette butt pickup one year - brilliant). Cyclelogik Coffee will be provided and volunteers will be provided a BBQ lunch, courtesy of our pals at the Hintonburger.

And once you're done the cleanup you can wander to the Hintonburg Fabric Flea Market at the Hintonburg Community Centre (10am to 2pm) or the Grace Manor Spring Craft and Bake Sale (10am to 3pm, corner of Parkdale and Wellington)

In the afternoon, SLOWest is hosting their Spring Gathering in McCormick Park (the one by the RBC). The party will launch RightBike's second season, and there will be kids activities, bike repair demos, and games.

Whew! I'm pooped and sunburned already!

Liveable development?

Miss Vicky Thu Feb 21, 2013

Two things.

The city is reviewing its key policies on land use, transportation and infrastructure - the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan. Their goal, they say, is to make "Ottawa a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable city".

It's a big process, with not a lot of opportunities for public input. There was an info session in January and a consultation a couple of weeks ago (which, sadly, Miss Vicky was unable to attend). But there is some good info online and there's a survey you can fill out. There are lots of questions about building height, transportation, roads, cycling and walking - so if you want to let the city how you feel about sustainable development and managing growth in a smart way, by building strong, caring communities, then now is your chance to let the city know how you feel.

Second thing.

You might recall the debate about Tega's proposal to build 36 stories beside the Carleton Tavern, on Parkdale. Well, they don't want 36 stories anymore. They want 18.


Miss Vicky's inbox today contained an invite from Councillor Hobbs to an open house on the proposed development on Thursday, February 28th, from 7-9 PM at Orange Gallery, 233 Armstrong Street.

All of the details about their proposal are available here.

The HCA is looking for folks to attend and share their views on this development. Zoning on the site calls for a maximum of 8 stories, and this limit was developed as part of the recently-approved Community Design Plan. If the CDP is going to have any meaning whatsoever, the proposal needs to be rejected. But if that's going to happen, we need to make our voices heard.


Tuesday: Pop-up Job Fair at the Elmdale!

Miss Vicky Sun Feb 17, 2013

So, you may not have heard that the Webgeek's bro (known here as Chefgeek) will be running the kitchen at the revamped Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern. We're pretty excited about it - we loved his food when he was the chef at Jak's Kitchen and we know he'll do a great job at the Elmdale.

Apparently construction has been going well and they are on track to open in March. Chefgeek (or Phil, rather)is going to need some help, though. So they are having a one-day job fair, in the space upstairs, between 1 and 4 on Tuesday February 19. If you know anyone who's looking for restaurant work in the 'hood, send them by!


Hintonburg Hub: what's your vision?

Miss Vicky Mon Jan 7, 2013

So by now you all know that Somerset West Community Health Centre bought the building at 30 Rosemount and will be turning it into a medical centre and community space - the long-awaited Hintonburg Hub. The team has been working hard on the plans and there are preliminary designs to share. The main floor of the building will be renovated for the clinical space. The upper floor will provide several multi-purpose rooms for health programming and community services.

We will be holding a public meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8) from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Hintonburg Community Centre, to share the designs and to hear comments and ideas from people in the area.

Although the Hub will be located in Hintonburg, the Centre actually serves people in Civic Hospital, Champlain Park, Wellington Village and Mechanicsville, so anyone living in the catchment is welcome to come and give their feedback.

See you tomorrow!

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