Miss Vicky loves her community. And lots of other things. Here she shares a few of her favourite haunts, hobbies, folks and assorted items that have piqued her interest.
This Friday, come on down to the Hintonburg Community Centre for the HCA's annual Kringle Event - kids get to spend some time with Santa, make some crafts, consume a treat or two. It's a fun, free family event that takes place between 6 and 8pm (Santa arrives at 6:30). Bring a donation for the Parkdale Food Centre if you can!
On Saturday is Devonshire Community School's annual Gingerbread house decorating event - $20 gets you a pre-built house and plenty of candy and icing for decorating. More info and a form here - deadline is tomorrow!
Thursday evening is the Wellington West BIA's annual Shop Hop - plenty of deals to be had all along the strip, with extra savings if you bring a donation for the Parkdale Food Centre. While you're out, check out the Cube's Great Big Smalls show (another one of Miss Vicky's favourite annual events).
And of course, trees are now at the Market - we'll be strapping one to our wagon and heading home to decorate one of these evenings!
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Miss Vicky received the following announcement in her inbox, from fellow blogger Laurie Kingston. Gil was a great activist, trade unionist, researcher, and mentor. Can't think of a better thing to do on May Day.
Gil's Hootenanny, an evening of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”: May 1st at the Glebe Community Centre
Ottawa activist Gil Levine loved folk music, especially when friends came together to sing. Every year since his death in 2009, Gil's Hootenanny has honoured his memory and, as Gil was a staunch union activist, it is most appropriate that we gather on May Day to sing songs of protest and hope.
This year, Kristine St-Pierre, Mighty Popo, Three Little Birds, the Shout Sister choir, Maria Dunn, and Terry Tufts will bring us together in song. The Hootenanny is hosted by the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society and is sponsored by CUPE and PSAC National Capital Region. All funds raised once the artists and expenses are paid will go to Spirit of Rasputin’s programming throughout the year.
Gil’s Hootenanny will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30pm at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue.
Come sing with us and bring your friends.
Tickets are $10 each (kids 16 and under are free) and are available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre or on-line at http://rasputins.ca/events/gils-hootenanny/.
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I went into Collected Works the other day, to see if I could cross off a few items on my holiday shopping list. There's still quite a lot left there, so if you need books, or nice notebooks, or cards, drop by and check it out. Cash is preferred; it saves them the processing fees.
But while you're at it, why not try and do all of your holiday shopping in the 'hood? Our small, local businesses are a huge part of what makes this community vibrant, and if we want to keep it that way, we need to keep them in business. So during a season like this, when we're spending money, let's all try and do that spending at some of our favourite shops.
So here's a little holiday shopping guide from Miss Vicky. And feel free to post your own ideas in the comments below.
There are a few shops where Miss Vicky is bound to find unique gifts for a few of the unique people on her list. Heavens To Betsy is probably my favourite - lots of nifty bags, jewellery, soaps and bath stuff, glassware, small toys, home decor, hats and mitts and plenty more. Also wonderful holiday decorations. Great place for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, and the occasional amusing and slightly inappropriate gag gift. Check out Denise's amazing handmade aprons - they are fabulous.
Assorted knick knacks, art pieces, garden decor, ornaments, jewellery and of course those fabulous pencil-headed reindeer can be found at Ravensara, between Parkdale and Holland. I'm not sure if they still have the hand-knitted finger puppets (have not been in yet this season), but it is worth stepping in and checking it out.
For the dude on your list, I'd recommend Fabgear 64 - rockin' shirts of the Hawaiian or bowling variety, as well as more dressy fare. I've also bought cool ties, hats and t-shirts there. They've expanded to include a vintage-inspired women's line as well. And there are Hawaiian shirts for wee folk - not sure if they come with their own Magnum PI mustaches. Pair your Fabgear gift with some vintage vinyl from the Record Centre across the street.
If you're looking for women's clothing, there are some fabulous options. Check out local designers and amazing fibre mavens Twiss and Weber for some amazing designs - and also really nifty and affordable DIY kits. Or consider a gift certificate for one of our workshops, if you've got a would-be designer in the house.
Miss Vicky has made some fantastic (and flattering) finds at Flock Boutique, which features local and Canadian designers, as well as amazing crafty items including bags, mitts, scarves, jewellery, stuffed creations, kids' clothing, and plenty more. If you missed the local craft shows, you might find some of your favourite artisans' work here.
Clothes, by Muriel Dombret, is also a Miss Vicky favourite, especially for work clothing. Her suits are to die for. But she's also got shoes, scarves, bags and jewellery. Give someone special a gift certificate and she can have the clothing tailored just for her. Classic, flattering styles that wear for years. Seriously.
And do not miss the amazing footwear at Max's Footwear Boutique and Cobbler. Get your keys cut, your heels repaired AND pick up some amazing boots while you're at it.
For the travellers, hikers and geography buffs, World of Maps is a must. Great books, maps, globes and guides. I must admit this is one of the stores I want to keep in business for a while longer - I just love that place. So go buy something!
Lots of good options for kids stuff - Extraordinary Baby Shoppe has some great toys as well as cloth diapers and accessories for the eco-minded parent. You can also get some nice natural toys as well as clothing at Peekaboo Toys, Red Chair Kids, ChickPea kids and Fab Baby Gear. Lulu & Coco, over by the Parkdale Market on Armstrong, has some very cute, locally-made creations. She does custom work as well - worth checking out.
Hintonburg also has a pottery shop, on Hinton near Armstrong where Credible Edibles is also located. You can get all kinds of stuff made by local artisans. (Pssst someone needs to tell the Webgeek that Miss Vicky could use a new coffee mug to replace the one busted by wee ones not too long ago).
OK, this post is already getting kind of long. I haven't even scratched the surface, have I? I haven't talked about Flowers at blumenstudio, Flowers Talk, Wild Willy's or Ottawa Blooms, Skin care products at Oresta.... and art! Check out the great shows featuring small, affordable pieces at Cube Gallery, Cyclelogik, Orange and the fantastic Pop-Up Gallery on Holland (which also carries Andrew King's Ottawa vintage sign t-shirts).
If you've got foodies in your life, consider a gift certificate from one of the strip's many fine establishments, a growler or two from our new brewery, Beyond the Pale (so tasty!) a cooking class at the Urban Element.
Good luck with crossing off your lists, everyone!
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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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