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100th Regiment of Foot is holding an open house on November 23

(Press release from the 100th Regiment of Foot.)

The 100th Regiment of Foot is pleased to announce an open drop in day for visitors on Sunday November 23rd from 2pm to 4pm.

If you are interested in the regiment’s history, would like the opportunity to have a look at the equipment we use or maybe tryout some Napoleonic era drill then Sunday the 23rd is the perfect day to visit.

We will be at the Richmond Memorial Community Center in the upstairs hall which is reached through the doors marked A1 on the left as you enter through the front. There is plenty of free parking.

More info…


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Multi-musician Ceilidh at Gaia Java this Friday

Musician Kevin Dooley was going to perform with his daughter Deirdre and their friend Susan Sweeney Hermon (harpist with Acacia Lyra, whom you heard a couple of months ago in the shop), but sadly he got called away at short notice to a family funeral in Ireland. Susan and I spoke about this, and she kindly put out a call to the Irish music community around Ottawa, encountering a tumultuous response of willingness to fill the space left by Kevin’s unforeseen absence.

So we do still have an event, and on a scale never before witnessed at Gaia Java, so the competition for seats may be even more vigorous than normal! In terms of musicians it seems we will have:

  • Dierdre Dooley,  percussion
  • Steve Renahan, vocals, mandolin, bodhran
  • Pat Donnelly, vocals, guitar, fiddle
  • Scott Donnelly, vocals, accordion, whistles
  • Brendan Ryan, vocals, mandolin
  • Jes Alexant, whistles
  • Aharon Zohar, accordion
  • Susan Sweeney Hermon, vocals, Celtic Harp, bodhran

We are anticipating around eight musicians – a small orchestra! The evening will be an exciting exploration of many dimensions of Irish and Celtic traditional music – small ensembles or the massed forces, and plenty of opportunities for the audience to tap their toes and join in the singing.

Come along and experience the spirit of one of the richest traditions of folk music emanating from Europe, and meet some great local exponents of it. No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.

See more details at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next couple of months.

Next week’s planned performance of the ‘Crumble Quartet’ will be postponed to the New Year while Mary (their viola player) repairs her broken finger. Meanwhile the wonderful West Ottawa Ladies Chorus are coming in for ‘Sing with Christmas Carollers at Gaia Java’; an evening of sing-along Christmas music (including your requests) and a preview of their upcoming Christmas concert, for which we have tickets on sale in the shop.


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CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY: Yarn Bombing Project at Goulbourn Museum

(Press release from the Goulbourn Museum.)

If you’re nutty for knitting or crazy about crocheting, your skills are being sought for a yarn bombing project at Goulbourn Museum on November 16.

Yarn bombing is the art of adding a knit cover to everything from park benches to entire buses. Known as fibre graffiti, it’s easy to remove yet makes a statement by transforming cold urban landscapes into warm, colourful spaces.

“We would like to add that fibre finesse to the railing in front of the Museum” says Kathryn Jamieson, Curator-Manager of Goulbourn Museum.

The idea to yarn bomb the railing was first raised at Yap & Yarn – the Museum’s informal knitting circle that meets monthly. The finished project will help draw attention to the group as well as add festive flair to the site for the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market being held on November 30th.

“We’re looking for volunteer knitters and crocheters to make swatches in advance and volunteers to help us install them on the 16th. All materials, colours, and patterns are welcome,” says Jamieson. “We will provide coffee, tea and treats, as well as yarn and zip-ties for the outdoor installation.”
If you would like to lend a hand but aren’t available to help with the install, the Museum will happily accept your knitted or crocheted swatches of roughly 8” X 24”.

Jamieson hopes to leave the installation up for several months, but admits weather could play a factor in how long it stays in place. “Once it is taken down, we will wash all the swatches and discuss ways to reuse them at a later Yap & Yarn.”

The yarn bombing will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday November 16. If you would like to get involved, you can email kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca or simply drop by on the day of the event. Tables and chairs will also be set up inside the Museum for those who wish to bring their knitting projects and participate in Yap & Yarn. Everyone is welcome!


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Gretchen Martin returns to Gaia Java this Friday

Gretchen Martin with Gaia Java owner Paul Jay
Gretchen Martin with Gaia Java owner Paul Jay

Back by popular demand, Gretchen Martin is playing at Gaia Java on Friday, November 7 at 7pm.

Gretchen has played in the shop several times and always elicits a warm and favourable response from whoever is able to be there on the night. I frequently hear the same question from regulars “When is Gretchen coming in to play again?” This is because she plays and sings a fine selection of many familiar songs, and in a very musical and professional way.

Her confident and competent piano style will remind you of Elton John, Billy Joel, and other well-known names. In addition she has a great singing voice and complements the instrumental part with a lyrical line. If you go to our website and visit the events page you can hear a sample of her singing and playing. She has a wide range of other influences (Eagles, Stan Rogers, Lionel Ritchie etc..)

This skillset derives from a family with a very musical background and consistent attention to practicing! Clearly this is a singer and pianist with a background immersed in music – she explained that she was born and raised in Winnipeg, where her parents started her on piano lessons at age 5.  Her father was a church organist and former Music Professor at the University of Manitoba and her mother an accomplished church organist, and former piano/theory teacher.

She has recently joined the ‘Ottawa Idol band’ as their keyboardist.  This is a wonderful local project founded and created by Eldon Fox, and it encourages the aspirations of young singers from the Ottawa area to reach for their dreams and perform their music with a live band.

So do come along and hear Gretchen – you won’t be disappointed but you may encounter some competition for the best seats!

No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.

November and December continue to feature a stellar line-up of Ottawa musicians – check out the gaiajava.ca website for advance notice, and mark up your agendas.


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Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre host recruitment fair

Monday, Nov. 3 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life! We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre, Dodge VIP Entrance (Gate 2), Emperor Rooms

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.

OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING PART-TIME POSITIONS:

BUILDING OPERATIONS

  • Custodial

GUEST SERVICES

  • Security
  • Ushers/ Ticket Takers

PARKING

  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers

THE SENS STORE

  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers

PROGRAMS & TOURNAMENTS, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)

STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host/ Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant/ Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line/ Prep Cooks

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Pumpkin parade was a smash

Over 400 pumpkins were on display at the Stittsville Pumpkin Parade on Saturday night.

Organizer Trevor Eggleton said there were a lot more pumpkins — and people — at the event this year.  If you have any photos from the event please send them to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

Stittsville is full of very creative and talented pumpkin carvers.

2014 Pumpkin Parade. Photo by Trevor Eggleton
Photo by Trevor Eggleton
2014 Pumpkin Parade. Photo by Trevor Eggleton
Photo by Trevor Eggleton
Kathleen Edwards from Quitters Coffee pours hot chocolate and cider. Photo by Trevor Eggleton
Kathleen Edwards from Quitters Coffee pours hot chocolate and cider. Photo by Trevor Eggleton

 


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Five things to do in Stittsville for Halloween

VISIT A HAUNTED HOUSE
There’s a massive display on Cherry Drive called the Ghoul-Bourn Spook Show. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend from October 29-31.  (That’s not the only scary house in the area: check out some more.)

TAKE PART IN THE PUMPKIN PARADE
The second annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade is set for 6:00pm-7:30pm at Village Square Park on Saturday, November 1. The day after Halloween, residents are invited to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the park and put them on display.  Last year there were 200 pumpkins. More info here…

GET SOME FREE ICE CREAM
Lois & Frima’s on Stittsville Main are closing out the season with a free ice cream day, from 3:00pm-8:00pm. More info…

VISIT THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT THE GOULBOURN REC CENTRE
The extended pool repair project isn’t the only nightmare at the GRC this week.  A free event organized by Stittsville’s youth featuring face painting, pumpkin painting & cotton candy. More info…

EAT AND DRINK AT A BEER AND FOOD PAIRING (SOLD OUT!)
Stittsville brewery Covered Bridge teams up with Stittsville food truck ‘Wiches Cauldron for a one-night, five-course beer and food pairing.  Includes their new collaboration beer The ‘Wiches Brew, a black IPA with local hops brewed especially for this event. More info…


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Stittsville student hosts second annual jewelry fundraiser for Nunavut

Last year, as a grade 12 student, I organized a charity sale called ALL THAT GLAM, a sale of gently-used jewelry and handbags to raise money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut.

The event was a resounding success, raising nearly $10,000. That amount was matched by Canadian Pacific which meant that a much-needed school breakfast program in Coral Harbor, Nunavut could be established and funded for two years. But breakfast programs need continual funding, and so I decided the fundraiser had to be an annual event.

This year’s sale will take place at the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata on Saturday, November 29th from 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and handbags. The sale is a great opportunity to purchase socially-responsible Christmas gifts as well as bling for the office Christmas party.

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Sun on the Floor make premiere appearance at Gaia Java this Friday

Sun on the Floor is the creation of Linda Vanderlee and Bob Muller, with additional harmonies and inspiration from Nathalie Falardeau. They sing and play for the love of music and each other’s company. Good vibrations all around. Their genre spectrum embraces contemporary folk, with a blend of blues, jazz and pop. Sun On The Floor is a musical journey of friends who enjoy jamming together.

Relatively new to the world of performing beyond open stages, their dream is to play for fundraisers, community events and house parties, and are looking forward to their premiere appearance at Gaia Java Coffee Company.

They are: Linda Vanderlee – vocals, guitar, ukulele;  Bob Muller – double bass, guitar, vocals; Nathalie Falardeau – vocals, guitar.

They enjoy doing their own renditions of popular and not so common covers and are building their original repertoire of songs. Influences include Leonard Cohen, Sarah Harmer, Neil Young, and other well-known or lesser known names. Both Nathalie and Linda write their own material, each tapping into a sliver of experiences, observations and feelings that life offers. Bob adds the mesmerizing sound of his double bass to deepen the connection and vibrancy of the song’s story.

No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.

See more details at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next couple of months – everything from High School students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you.

Sun on the Floor
Sun on the Floor

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Halloween displays: Cherry Drive

The Ghoulbourn Spook Show on Cherry Drive

This must be the most elaborate Halloween set-up in Stittsville.  From October 29-31, trick-or-treaters can check out the Ghoul-bourn Spook Show on Cherry Drive.

Owner Joseph Carbonetto says that last year 3,000 people came to the haunted house.  There’s scary stuff on the front lawn, in the garage and in the backyard. Some of the props are bought, some are homemade.

When I stopped by on Saturday, the garage door was open and among the severed heads and cobwebs was a real coffin.  (Carbonetto says he has a contact who works at a funeral home.)

Other features:

  • A custom-installed underground fog machine
  • An animated zombie crawler and skeleton
  • A 16-channel lighting controller
  • Live undead actors

(There are some photos on his Facebook page.)

Admission is by donation, with money collected going to charity.  This year the money will go to support Canadian Forces families.

Here’s a video of the same house from 2010.


We want to see your photos! If you have a great Halloween display, or if you see one in your neighbourhood, send us a photo and tell us where it is.    You can send your photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


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Halloween displays: Goulbourn Street

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These photos were taken in Joe Chennette’s backyard on Goulbourn Street. He opens this creepy haunted yard on October 29 and 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm, and from 6:00pm-8:30pm on October 31. More info here…

“I have been doing this for about 10 years, getting a little bigger each year. Not sure how much I have spent on it but I do try and be frugal about it. Most of my shopping is done on Nov 1st and I make the ghouls myself. I started doing it for my kids when they were small and now it’s a hobby for me, just fun I guess,” he says.


We want to see your photos! If you have a great Halloween display, or if you see one in your neighbourhood, send us a photo and tell us where it is.    You can send your photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


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Halloween displays: Vendevale Avenue

Great Halloween decor doesn’t have to cover the entire lawn or cost a couple of mortgage payments.  Here’s a perfect example of a more restrained display on Vendevale Avenue at the home of Jacques and Martha Dallaire.

Every year at Halloween and Christmas, the retired couple puts out some of the nicest decor in the neighbourhood.  Word on the street is that they give out some good treats too.


We want to see your photos! If you have a great Halloween display, or if you see one in your neighbourhood, send us a photo and tell us where it is.    You can send your photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


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Halloween displays: Hobin Street

This house on Hobin Street, just west of Carp Road, belongs to the Atkinson Family. For 15 years they’ve been decorating their front lawn for Halloween.  (The photo above is from last year.)

“I try to change it up a little bit every year,” says Rob Atkinson.

“I love entertaining the kids  and have always enjoyed decorating.  Much of the decorations are home made either by myself or inherited from friends who no longer decorate.   I still have a couple other “surprises” that I don’t do until Halloween night though. A little animation, some rear projection, and of course lots of fog and scary sound effects,” he says.

The entire family gets involved.  “My wife takes care of the inside and my son helps me with the setup outside.  It also helps to slow down cars on that turn in front of my house.”

“I am a little embarrased to say that I’ve brought a couple younger kids to tears with the display. They didn’t want to come too close.”

“Now if I could only get my son and his friends to dress up and become part of the ‘living display’, I’d be all set,” he says.


We want to see your photos! If you have a great Halloween display, or if you see one in your neighbourhood, send us a photo and tell us where it is.    You can send your photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


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Singer-songwriter Sophie Leger at Gaia Java this weekend

Singer-songwriter Sophie Léger weaves her luxuriant vocals together with solid instrumentation to form a rich tapestry of sound and emotion that delights, challenges and inspires audiences. The multi-instrumentalist (guitar, djembe, harmonica) animates her passionate poetry with rich harmonies and buoyant beats that expand contemporary folk and pop traditions, and she’s playing at Gaia Java on Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm. Continue reading


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Good luck to 9 Run Run participants (and good luck to Stittsville drivers too!)

Around 1,750 people are participating in today’s 9 Run Run event. It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and includes a half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.  (You can read more about the event here.)

A heads up to Stittsville drivers: there several road closures on Saturday around Abbott, Stittsville Main, West Ridge, Fernbank and more. A full list of closures is here… Continue reading


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Three great food-related activities in the next few weeks

Here are some upcoming interesting food events in our area:

Last two weekends for the Kanata Farmers Market at the  Van Leuwen Mall (Hazeldean Road).  www.kanatafarmersmarket.ca  October 18 and 25 are last chance to take advantage of the this small but popular local outdoor market.

Cook for the Cure (breast cancer fundraiser). 7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, October 21.  Sample plates, music, entertainment, 50/50 draw at the Royale Kanata Retirement Home www.theroyale.ca. RSVP to Jennifer 613-592-6426 or email Kanata@theroyales.ca by Friday, October 17.  Cost only $25.

13th Annual West Ottawa Food and Wine Show. November 13 5:30-9:00pm at the Brookstreet Hotel.  Sample plates from over a dozen local chefs and local and international breweries and wineries  tickets $60-$75 www.westOttawaBoT.com 613-592-8343.

For more events check out our Events Calendar.

Gord McCormick is a Stittsville-based broker of record with Oasis Realty Brokerage and a senior member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.


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Road closures for this weekend’s 9 Run Run event

(Information provided by 9 RUN RUN organizers.)

Here’s a list of road closures for the 9 RUN RUN on Saturday, October 18.   All times are approximate.

Since this is a timed event, roads will be closed while the participants are on course

Abbott Street West will close at 07:00 am to allow the race organizers time to set up the structure for the start/finish line

The remaining road closures will commence just prior to the start of the event at 08:45 and will re-open once the last runner has passed each location

07:00 to 13:00 Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main Street to Westridge Dr

08:45 to 09:30 Stittsville Main Street – both direction from Abbott St to Fernbank Rd will be closed for the start of the 10K and Half Marathon races.  The roadway will re-open once the last Half Marathon runner has passed by Fernbank Rd.

08:45 – 09:30 Closure of 10 K route (Stittsville Main, Elm, Cypress Gardens, Elm, Bell, Westridge from Bell to Abbott)

08:45 to 09:45 Stittsville Main to Flewellyn – southbound lane closed till last half marathoner passes Flewellyn

08:55 hrs to 09:30 Westridge Rd – northbound will be closed from Bell Stto Abbott St The road will reopen once the last 10k runner has passed and is on the trail

09:15 to 11:15 Flewellyn Rd – westbound only, will be closed from Main Street to Munster Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Munster Rd.

09:30 to 11:15 Munster Rd – northbound lane only, will be closed from Flewellyn Rd to Fernbank Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Fernbank Rd

09:30 to 11:30 Fernbank Rd -eastbound will be closed from Munster Rd to Jinkinson Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Jinkinson Rd

09:30 to 12:00 Jinkinson Rd -both directions will be closed from Fernbank Rd to a location north of the Trans Canada Trail (passed the turn around point)  It will re-open once the last runner is on the Trans Canada Trail.

More info: www.9runrun.ca


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Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1

Stittsville second annual pumpkin parade is set for 6:00pm-7:30pm at Village Square Park (Abbott & Stittsville Main).

The day after Halloween, residents are invited to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the park and put them on display.  Last year there were 200 pumpkins — not bad for the first year.

I came up with the idea last year as a way to keep the community spirit alive in Stittsville,” says Trevor Eggleton. “I moved here four years ago with my young family and really love its small town feel, but as the big city starts to creep in, I wanted to create something that the people of Stittsville could see themselves in, and this seemed like a perfect way.”

Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.
Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.

Check out more photos from last year…


We want your photos!  Send us photos of your pumpkins and Halloween decor.  Email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

 


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Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a busy guy.  He’s 15 years old,  in Grade 10 at Sacred Heart High School, has a paper route, plays guitar and sings. And in his spare time, he also runs a music promotion company.

Fitzpatrick has been playing guitar for the past five years. He started The Indie Scene to promote local rock and punk bands in Ottawa. Continue reading


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