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Greetings from St. John's!

Miss Vicky Mon Sep 5, 2005

I'm in St. John's this week, for meetings with some folks at MUN. Came in a couple days early, and dragged along the Webgeek for a little get-away. I've been here before but haven't had a lot of time to wander around. We really only have today (the 6am post-friend's-wedding departure meant we spent a few hours napping yesterday afternoon), so we plan to see as much as we can. We've just come back from a long trek around Signal Hill and now we're off to the intriguingly-named Witless Bay to see if we can see some puffins. We'll give you more details later. Happy Labour Day everyone!

Upcoming Kitchissippi Events

Miss Vicky Thu Sep 1, 2005

I'm long overdue for an upcoming events post. But now that vacation is over (well, almost over. I have 2 more days left), it's time to start filling up my social and community calendar . From the looks of September, it will be pretty busy.

I'll be missing Labour Day festivities here, as I'm heading to St. John's for work. But if I were here, I'd head to the Ottawa District Labour Council's annual parade and picnic. It's an excellent event. The parade usually begins around noon, gathering behind City Hall and then winding its way through downtown to end at McNabb Park (Bronson and Gladstone), where the fun continues through the afternoon. There's free BBQ and drinks, activities for the kids, music and surprisingly few speeches. They usually have a petting zoo or pony rides and air-filled bouncy thingy, whichs are particular draws for folks with kids. I'm guessing the CBC workers will be the focus of the parade - they've shown some real creativity on the line, which I hope they will bring to the event.

September 10, 11, 17 & 18. West End Studio Tour. Check out the work of some of Kitchissippi's best artists in their homes, studios and local businesses. I did this last year and really enjoyed it - a great way to get out in the 'hood, see the work some of my neighbours do, enjoy a snack or meal at one of the local eateries....

September 11: The Ottawa Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, at the Arboretum. 2k and 5k walks begin at 10am.

September 11: Ottawa School of Speech and Drama open house, 11-4 at its new location, 294 Picton Ave (just off Winona).

September 17 - Parkdale Market Harvest Festival. 12-3pm in the park behind the Market. Followed by the annual Carleton Street Dance. Bakers are encouraged to bring their specialties in to the Hintonburg Great Cookie Contest, and there is an apple pie contest as well. Bring your entries to the table by 12:30. Pies and cookies will be auctioned off later in the day.

The West Wellington Business Association is adding to the event on the 17th by hosting the first Harvest Arts Festival, promising live music, buskers, food sampling, readings and kids activities. Might be a great day to browse in the shops along Wellington, maybe take in the West End Studio Tour and check out the fun at the Parkdale Market.

September 18: Hintonburg Heritage Walk. Meet at St. Francoise-d'Assise Parish Church (Wellington at Fairmont) at 2pm. Tour is $5 for members of Heritage Ottawa; $10 for non-members. Hintonburg Heritage guru Linda Hoad will be leading the tour.

September 22 - Car-free Day in Ottawa. More info on this to come. Also, Dave Bidini (of the Rheostatics) reads at Collected Works.

September 28 - Hintonburg Community Association Annual General Meeting. 7-10pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre.


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