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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.


April 28: Community Clean Up Day!

Miss Vicky Fri Apr 27, 2012

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) is the annual Community Cleanup Day in Hintonburg and Wellington Village. The BIA is sponsoring this year's activities - sign up outside the GT or Red Chair Kids, bring rakes and garden gloves. Bags are provided. And have fun! It's a great way for your family to give back to the community and help our mainstreet and parks stay clean and safe.

This Saturday: Rockin' for a Good Cause

Miss Vicky Wed Apr 18, 2012

Somerset West Community Health Centre is holding a great event this Saturday night (April 21) to raise money for children's summer programming in our area. The Rock N Blues Review is happening at the Bronson Centre, from 7pm onwards. For 20 bucks you get 3 bands, a cash bar featuring local Kichesippi Beer, plenty of dancing and the great feeling of knowing you're helping create fantastic summer memories for local kids.

Sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday, right?

You can get tickets by clicking on the link above or by calling 613.868.4242.

Kitchen table talk: food in the schools

Miss Vicky Mon Apr 2, 2012

Here's a really great event taking place Wednesday evening, for those interested in food policy and promoting healthy eating in our schools.

How do we create healthy school food environments for our kids?

You are invited to participate in a kitchen table talk about Creating Healthy School Food Environments in Ottawa.

Where: Credible Edibles 78 Hinton Avenue North, Ottawa
When: Wednesday April 4th 7-9pm

The Food for All community food project led by Just Food is proposing a set of policies to help develop a city where community groups, elected officials (at all levels of government), parents, students, and educational institutions work together to foster food citizenship an awareness of the impacts of food choices on personal, community, and environmental health in children and youth.

Please join SLOWest Ottawa and Credible Edibles to talk about about creating healthy school food environments through policies and programs.

Question Period: The Musical

Miss Vicky Sat Jan 28, 2012

A little-known fact about Miss Vicky: she was once a musical theatre geek.

On second thought, that's not particularly surprising, isn't it?

Now my geeky instincts have pretty much transferred to politics, but once in a while there's an opportunity to bring those two parts of Miss Vicky together.

Entre Question Period (The Musical!), one of the more popular offerings at last year's Fringe Festival. They're bringing the show back, just in time for Parliament to come back in session.

The fun takes place at Arts Court theatre on February 4 at 8pm, and the show will benefit local charities The Otesha Project and One World Arts .

From their release:
Voted Fan Favourite at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival, the show that broke audience records is back by popular demand to kick off the first weekend of Winterlude and raise da roof of the House of Commons with slam raps, grunge rock, Broadway numbers, subliminal social messaging, and even a classic rock love song to the GST.

Join us and follow the adventures of the hippest new MP as he navigates the cynical and hopeful sides of federal politics in a non-partisan and light-hearted romp.

Sounds good, eh? There's even a Hintonburg connection in director Darrell Harvey.

Tix are $20, available for purchase in person at the Arts Court box office (2 Daly Ave) or by calling 613-564-7240.


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