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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: That crazy house on Elm

Above: This house on Elm Crescent, south of Elm, is a flashing beacon that’s probably visible from outer space.  The snowman, who’s toppling over in the photo, is massive.   Photo by Barry Gray.

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Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: All lit up on Bert G. Argue Drive

Above: A brightly decorated house on Bert G. Argue Drive, one of several on that street just off of West Ridge.   Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The disco lights of Bell Street

You really cannot miss these two houses on Bell Street, just east of Elm.  They are right across the street from each other and they must be the most intensely-lit homes in all of Stittsville. You really need to visit for the full visual effect, especially the Christmas tree. All photos by Barry Gray.

UPDATE: It turns out the owners of the house at 37 Bell Street have set up a Facebook page about the light show, and they’re using it to raise money for CHEO.  They’ve raised over $1,100 so far, well above their goal of $500.  Click here for info / to donate.

Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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PHOTOS: Kanata Stocking Project 2015

Volunteers stuffed over 440 stockings and gift bags for families in Kanata, Stittsville and Carp today, filling a 28-foot truck.

It was all part of the Kanata Stocking Project 2015, and the stuffing took place at the old Target space at the Hazeldean Mall. Thanks to Tanya Hein for sending along the photos. Continue reading


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The handsome lights of Renshaw Avenue

If you’re looking for great Christmas lights, take a drive through Crossing Bridge and West Ridge, and hone in on Renshaw Avenue. There are lots of homes on this street with big Christmas light displays.

The house pictured above is the most tasteful and classy Christmas light display in our community, hands down.  And the house below is covered from lawn to roof with lights and decor. All photos by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!

Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray

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“Christmas in a Stable” this Saturday at Sunset Farms

(via Trinity Presbyterian Church & Sunset Farms / photo courtesy of Sunset Farms)

The Christmas story is filled with colourful characters, drama, and beauty. The special moment of the birth of Jesus happens in a stable. Many people decorate their homes with beautiful Nativity sets to remember this Holy time.

On Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm you are going to have a chance to gather in a stable, to hear the Christmas Story and to sing it in the Carols of the season!

Sunset Farms at 6559 Hazledean Road, Stittsville, is opening its doors for this wonderful event. Wonderful soloists, a chance for everyone to sing their favorite carol, a visit from the Innkeeper, a Shepherd, and a Wiseman, as we revisit that Holy Night.

The event is open to the public, but your’e asked to bring a donation for the Food Bank.

For more information contact Trinity Presbyterian Church on Richardson Side Road or call 613-836-1429 or e mail info.trinity.kanata@gmail.ca


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Christmas lights on Belton

The other night we did a drive around Stittsville to check out the lights and decorations. The Crossing Bridge / West Ridge area appears to have the highest LED count per household of all the neighbourhoods.

One of the brightest streets is Belton Avenue off Hobin Street. These pics (above and below) are from photographer Barry Gray.

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Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray

 

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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U-Rock Students bring spirit of Christmas to Stittsville

(via U-Rock Music School)

Our music students aged 6-17 will be full of good cheer on Sunday, December 20, when they perform at an open mic event at Hurley’s Restaurant in Stittsville from 2pm-3pm.

The musical theme is “winter fun” and all the students will be singing Christmas carols or festive winter songs.

This will also be the very first performance of U-Rock’s new all-girl singing group, The Roxies, aged 6-9 years old. They will be performing two great songs to open the show.

In the spirit of giving, U-Rock Music School is also collecting small musical items at this event, such as guitar pics, straps, guitar strings, patch cords and anything else that will help the teens who enjoy the benefits of music therapy while in treatment at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the spirit of the season with our young rock stars, while also helping us give back to a very worthy cause.


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Breakfast with Santa raises money and donations for food bank

On Saturday, Sue Lambe and Bill Martin (both local real estate agents with Century 21 John DeVries Ltd), along with the Stittsville Legion hosted the Annual Breakfast with Santa.
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Quitters lends support to Chrysalis House

(Quitters is encouraging customers and neighbours to drop off a donation for Chrysalis House, a local women’s shelter, from now until the end of December. Here’s more info about the initiative, via Quitters.)

We would like to spread the word about a very important shelter in OUR community that supports women and their dependents seeking a safe place from abusive partners or family members.

Our staff was incredibly moved by a recent visit to Chrysalis House, and we hope you will support us in raising money or donating a gift certificate for someone who, in most cases, has left everything they own in hopes of starting a new life for themselves and their children.
In many cases, just simple things are hugely useful: OC Transpo tickets, toiletries, crafts for children, small gift certificates for basic essentials.

This is HERE. In our community. Our small gestures can have a huge impact on the lives of others. We would be happy to tell you more about what the shelter does day to day, for kids, for women, and how a donation is helping give them a renewed hope for a future free of abuse. Please join us during this time when we have so much to be grateful for. Accepting donations now through the end of December.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

For more info about items needed or to make a donation, click here.


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Where to see great Christmas lights in Stittsville

(Above: Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue, 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Have you noticed the Christmas stars along Stittsville Main Street?  They’re looking a lot brighter this year thanks to the Stittsville Lions Club and a donation from Minto.

Minto kicked in about $1,300 that helped pay for new garland and new lights for the 17 stars that adorn the lamp posts along Main.  It’s been at least 15 years since they first were put up and this is the first time they’ve been refurbished. Continue reading


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Show us your holiday spirit!

We want to hear from our readers about how you’re celebrating the season.

Maybe it’s with some epic decorating, like Amanda here from Quitters.  She’s showing off the replica gingerbread house that she made with a bit of help from her family. (Idea: Next year let’s see a gingerbread replica of all of Main Street.)

Maybe you have an epic Christmas light display, or you’re going out with your neighbours to do some carolling.   Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers.

Happy holidays!

(Photo by Barry Gray.)

 


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CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE: Goulbourn singers perform with Jerry Granelli jazz trio

(Above: Musician Jerry Granelli (centre) with the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, along with Artistic Director Linda Crawford in red in the back row. Photo by Barry Gray.)

On Thursday night, junior members of the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers will be performing music from A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jerry Granelli Trio.  Guaraldi wrote and recorded the soundtrack with his trio for the 1965 Charlie Brown movie that’s considered by many to be one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.  

Granelli is the only remaining member of Guaraldi’s original trio, and he’s performing tonight at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in an event produced by the Ottawa Jazz Festival. StittsvilleCentral.ca recently talked to Linda Crawford, the artistic director for the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, about the upcoming performance. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Stittsville aglow with community spirit

Tiny tots and big kids young and old had eyes all aglow as they watched dozens of brightly lit floats travel down Stittsville Main Street for last night’s Parade of Lights.

Parade marshals were all winners of this year’sStittsville Appreciation Awards: Namitha Abraham (youth), Robin Derrick (senior), Cathy Skinner (Citizen of the Year). The Business winner was Brown’s Independent, who had one of the largest floats in the parade. Continue reading


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Mailbox provides direct shipping from Jackson Trails to North Pole

Once again this year, Santa has dropped off a mailbox at 233 Denali Way in Jackson Trails.

Local real estate agent Shane Foley confirms that he received a heads up this week from Mr. Claus that any letters dropped into the slot will be shipped directly to the North Pole in time for Christmas.

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Stittsville Public School will support 17 families at Christmas

(Above: Stittsville Public School student Ella Sultan helps sort some of the many donations received last year.)

Hi, my name is Ella and my mom and I are organizing the Christmas Hampers this year at Stittsville Public School, in support of the Stittsville Food Bank.

Last year, there were nine classes participating and nine families that were helped. This year, there are 17 classes participating and 17 families that are being helped. Continue reading


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West Ottawa Chorale and Ladies Chorus to present joint Christmas concert

(press release)

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kanata will be filled with sounds of Christmas as the West Ottawa Chorale joins the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus to blend their voices in joyous song. A dedicated audience regards this annual performance as their inspiration and the best start to the season.

Guest tenor and bass singers enhance the four-part harmony of the WOLC chorus members as over 50 voices swell to present traditional music from around the world. A medley of familiar Christmas carols (A Wreath of Carols) to a 12th Century traditional French carol (The Friendly Beasts) to a traditional Polish carol (Lulajze, Jesuniu),  plus ‘Star Carol’  a challenging choral number arranged by John Rutter.

Under the direction of Robert Dueck, each singer strives to reach his high standards of vocal excellence. “It is enjoyable to practice and hear ourselves sing a fuller harmony with the men.  For some of us, we’re really stretched in our lower voices.  I’m sure the variety this brings makes the concert more interesting and enjoyable to the audience as well.” Jocelyne Wise

Treat yourself and your family and/or friends to a truly wonderful Christmas experience. Performances are Sat. Dec. 5th at 7:00 pm and again on Sun. Dec. 6th at 2:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata.  Advanced tickets -$15 are available from choir and Chorale members as well as at Gaia Java – 1300 Main Street Stittsville; Kanata Barbershop  2 Beaverbrook Road Kanata;, and Robin’s Nest  98 Mill Street Almonte.  Tickets at the door are $20.


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