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Handmade Halloween! This Sunday

Miss Vicky Wed Oct 24, 2012

Well, I have to say that part 1 of the two-part Handmade Halloween was a smashing success. There was a steady stream of families at the Hintonburg Community Centre all afternoon - and some amazingly creative masks, capes, wands, loot bags and decorations concocted. It is so wonderful to see what people can come up with when they're given the tools and the encouragement to tap into their inner artist.

I was totally impressed by the generosity of both time, supplies and effort of Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber, and Wendy from Liebchen Designs - they didn't just provide the supplies for dozens and dozens of costumes, but Laura and Tonia sewed the capes (inventing in the process) and Wendy helped lots of folk make the most amazing vinyl masks. And there were other kick-ass volunteers helping out as well, staffing stations, helping kids and parents, making popcorn and more. Incredible.

There was the most amazing, positive energy in the room all afternoon. I just loved it, and I'm guessing others did as well.

The fun continues this coming Sunday, October 28th, with the Parade & Party. We're talking old-school fun - games, spooky music, maybe a little magic.

The event takes place between 1 and 4 at McCormick Park. HOWEVER, the forecast is for rain, and if this comes to pass we'll move to Parkdale Park where there is some cover.

Now, in case you're thinking this will be all about showing off your costumes, I'll remind you of the pumpkin-decorating component. Bring your pre-carved/decorated pumpkin to the park by 2:45 and we'll see who's got the spookiest, most creative pumpkin skills in the 'hood.

The parade will start at 3pm sharp. If it's raining, we'll still have fun!

Everyone is welcome to this event, even if they weren’t able to participate at the Costume Workshop. So bring your friends!

There will be a box for donations to the snowsuit fund - whether it's snowsuits and warm clothes your kids have outgrown, or just cash to help the Fund help others. And we'll have a total of our donations from the workshop, too.

See you there!


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Handmade Hallowe'en Volunteer meeting!

Miss Vicky Fri Sep 28, 2012

Want to help out with Handmade Halloween in Hintonburg? There's a volunteer meeting tomorrow - Saturday 29 - at Twiss & Weber, 177 Armstrong, 4pm. See you there?
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Shaking things up in Hintonburg

Miss Vicky Tue Jun 5, 2012

One of the fantastic things about this neighbourhood: people who live here are incredibly dedicated to this community. They come up with really cool ideas and they just make them happen.

Take the recent food drive, organized by one of the many Hintonburg residents on twitter. Dawna saw a need when she noticed the shelves of the Parkdale Food Centre were empty. So she started a food drive, got boxes together, spread the word, found support from local business, and picked up the donations when the drive was over. She made it happen.

Take the Friday night Picnic Potlucks that a few families started in McCormick Park a few weeks ago. They put up some posters, spread the word, and now it's become a weekly event (weather permitting). You can join the Facebook group here. It's a great way to kick off the weekend and get to know your neighbours better. People saw an opportunity - summer weather, an underused public space - and they made it happen.

Take this event, a fun dance for women that's taking place this Saturday, June 9, 8 to 11pm at Tom Brown Arena. It's an excuse to dress up a bit and hit the dance floor with your best gal friends - and it's for a good cause, the Hintonburg Recreation Association. Another great initiative from a community filled with folks who love to get people together, have great ideas and simply make them happen.

Thanks, Hintonburg.

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Busy weekend!

Miss Vicky Thu May 10, 2012

So much stuff happening in the 'hood this weekend! If I miss anything, feel free to add stuff in the comments.


Devonshire School's annual Playground cleanup takes place on Saturday morning between 9am and 12pm. They will clean up both yards, work in the garden, protect the new trees in the junior yard... and have lots of fun. It'll be a great way to give back to your school.

Chances are there will be some talk about the latest iteration of the playground vs parking controversy, which was resurrected at the last school council meeting. There will be a meeting on May 14 with school board representatives to discuss it (6-7pm in the gym and is open to all), so this is a good chance to check out the junior yard, which is the one slated for changes.

The clean-up project is organized by the Playground Committee and in conjunction with Ottawa's Clean-up the Capital event. If you would like to participate, let them know at devonshireplayground@gmail.com, or just come by on May 12th. The Playground Committee will provide coffee, hot chocolate and snacks.

In other school-related events news, Elmdale is having their 3-in-1 Spring Event on Saturday morning as well. This great event involves a huge clothing, toy and equipment sale, a plant sale and an electronics recycling event. Check this site for info about items they can accept.

Bring cash (and used electronics, of course!). For info, contact elmdalesale@gmail.com. Elmdale is located at 49 Iona Street, but use the Java Street entrance to get in.

This is the opening weekend for the Parkdale Market, and also the annual Hintonburg Tulip Festival. This is a great family event featuring a bouncy slide, trolley rides, lots of fun and games for the kids (dance contests in the pool - what could be better?). The annual baking contest will be Brownies (get your entries in by 12:30). There's a plant exchange in Parkdale Park starting at 10, then the main festivities get going at noon.

The event could use some volunteers. If you can lend a hand, call Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email lorriemarlow @ yahoo.ca

Also on Saturday is a really interesting tour of sites where our neighbours have installed solar power projects. The tour is being organized by SLOWest and they're using bikes from the RightBike bike-sharing program to tour the sites. Cool, no? The tour starts at Right Bike's new centre at 1 McCormick Ave. and runs from 10:00 AM to Noon. Rain date is 10:00AM on May 13.

This really is a drop in the bucket. There is a ton of stuff happening along the strip, some nifty events at Collected Works. A great time to get outside and wander.

Looking ahead: May 26: ARTSPARK takes place on Saturday, May 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. Starting with a family friendly bike parade leaving from the Hintonburg Community Centre, there will be art, craft, food and kids activities and live music. They're looking for volunteers, too - visit the HCA site for details.


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Busy weekend!

Miss Vicky Thu May 10, 2012

So much stuff happening in the 'hood this weekend! If I miss anything, feel free to add stuff in the comments.


Devonshire School's annual Playground cleanup takes place on Saturday morning between 9am and 12pm. They will clean up both yards, work in the garden, protect the new trees in the junior yard... and have lots of fun. It'll be a great way to give back to your school.

Chances are there will be some talk about the latest iteration of the playground vs parking controversy, which was resurrected at the last school council meeting. There will be a meeting on May 14 with school board representatives to discuss it (6-7pm in the gym and is open to all), so this is a good chance to check out the junior yard, which is the one slated for changes.

The clean-up project is organized by the Playground Committee and in conjunction with Ottawa's Clean-up the Capital event. If you would like to participate, let them know at devonshireplayground@gmail.com, or just come by on May 12th. The Playground Committee will provide coffee, hot chocolate and snacks.

In other school-related events news, Elmdale is having their 3-in-1 Spring Event on Saturday morning as well. This great event involves a huge clothing, toy and equipment sale, a plant sale and an electronics recycling event. Check this site for info about items they can accept.

Bring cash (and used electronics, of course!). For info, contact elmdalesale@gmail.com. Elmdale is located at 49 Iona Street, but use the Java Street entrance to get in.

This is the opening weekend for the Parkdale Market, and also the annual Hintonburg Tulip Festival. This is a great family event featuring a bouncy slide, trolley rides, lots of fun and games for the kids (dance contests in the pool - what could be better?). The annual baking contest will be Brownies (get your entries in by 12:30). There's a plant exchange in Parkdale Park starting at 10, then the main festivities get going at noon.

The event could use some volunteers. If you can lend a hand, call Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email lorriemarlow @ yahoo.ca

Also on Saturday is a really interesting tour of sites where our neighbours have installed solar power projects. The tour is being organized by SLOWest and they're using bikes from the RightBike bike-sharing program to tour the sites. Cool, no? The tour starts at Right Bike's new centre at 1 McCormick Ave. and runs from 10:00 AM to Noon. Rain date is 10:00AM on May 13.

This really is a drop in the bucket. There is a ton of stuff happening along the strip, some nifty events at Collected Works. A great time to get outside and wander.

Looking ahead: May 26: ARTSPARK takes place on Saturday, May 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. Starting with a family friendly bike parade leaving from the Hintonburg Community Centre, there will be art, craft, food and kids activities and live music. They're looking for volunteers, too - visit the HCA site for details.


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