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Local nutritionist & mom shares ideas for healthier breakfasts

(Thanks to Stittsville-based holistic nutritionist Melanie Reid for contributing this guest post to StittsvilleCentral.ca.)

I’m a mom of four, wife and nutrition coach on a mission to improve the health of children and families through proper nutrition. I’m also a long time resident of Kanata and Stittsville and love meeting families who want to make health changes in their lives. Continue reading


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Canada 150 celebrations continue on July 8 in Stittsville

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

Stittsville’s annual Canada Day event, originally scheduled for July 1, has been moved to Saturday, July 8 due to soggy field conditions and wet weather.

The full event is all set to go from 1:00pm-10:00pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.) The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association.

Highlights of the free family-friendly event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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Stittsville’s Canada Day party is a family-friendly alternative to downtown

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

UPDATE: The event has been postponed until July 8 due to poor weather conditions. The grounds at Sacred Heart are extremely soggy and there is more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for July 1.

This year’s Canada Day event in Stittsville will be a family-friendly alternative to the crowds downtown, complete with fireworks, local music, and lots of activities for kids.

The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association, and runs from 1pm-10pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.)

Highlights of the free event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment, including Vicki Brittle, David DaCosta, Jimmy Leroux, Dianne & Steve Lynch, Lisa Kopil, The L.A. Connection. Andrew Waines, Rob Sands & Hardcover
  • Sing along to O Canada with Lyndon Slewidge at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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JUNE 24: Plant a sunflower and build an insect hotel at JoJo’s Garden

(via Jo-Jo’s Community Garden)

All Stittsville kids are invited to come out to the Jo-Jo’s Community Garden on Stittsville Main Street this Saturday from 10am-12pm to plant a sunflower of their own at the garden and also participate in building our new Insect Hotel. Continue reading


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A round-up of Stittsville summer camps

A few summer camps in the Stittsville area:

Thunderbird Sports Camp
We cater to everyone, including today’s busy parents and active children. We offer a wide range of sports for children aged 5 – 12 in a fun, supervised environment. Kids get to try golf, archery, soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, touch football, water games and much more fun, while parents benefit from the included pre/post care, and never having to worry about rain day cancellations, guaranteed. With our covered sports domes, rainy days are just indoor sports days for us. And because Thunderbird Sports Centre has a family-friendly golf course on site, we can offer an unmatched sports experience. The campers also get lunch included.
More info: www.thunderbirdsportscentre.com/sports-camp/

Photography Teen Summer Camps
These camps offer a great opportunity for students to learn about photography and editing in a fun, hands-on environment. Each camp offers small groups to ensure quality instruction and supervision. The camps and associated activities are run by a professional photographer with 19 years teaching experience. The students will learn about photography and their cameras, and will have ample time to practice, both in the studio and outside. The Stittsville studio is located in walking distance to trails and parks. All students will receive an 8”x10” framed print of their work at the end of the week. More info: andrealsedgwickphotography.com

The Ultimate Competitive Dance Camp
This camp is open to ANY competitive dancer ages 5-15.  It doesn’t matter what studio you are a part of as long as you share the love of dance!  This camp is not as much about dance as it is the dancer.  We work so hard on the outside to train our muscles to learn technique.  What about the inside?  This camp is about balance.  We bring coaching, motivational speaking, encouragement and knowledge to your dancer.  They will do stretch, conditioning and fitness every day as well as technique with a variety of dance styles.  Every day we will be working on all the aspects of being a great overall dancer such as being mentally prepared for competition as well as being positive with emphasis on respect, attitude and building stronger relationships. This camp takes place at the Creative Edge Dance Academy (CEDA) at 2710 Carp Road just north of Richardson Side Road.
More info: creativeedgedanceacademy.com

Stittsville Royals Hockey Camp
July 4-8, for kids between the ages of 8-10.  Every day includes 2 hours of ice time (afternoon sessions), as well as off ice activities such as off-ice conditioning and video review sessions of skating techniques. Campers will receive a jersey, water bottle, and Stittsville Royals hockey tickets upon arrival on Monday. Additional outdoor activities are also included. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports throughout the week, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, tag football, etc.  The camp is led by members of the Stittsville Royals Junior A (Tier 2) coaching staff and assisted by the teams players. All camp leaders have completed either the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1, or Hockey Development 1, and have played and/or coached competitive hockey at the Junior A and Junior B levels. First Aid and CPR certified personnel will also be present.
At Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Walter Baker Place.
More info:  www.stittsvilleroyals.com

 

(Send us info about your summer camp. Must be in Stittsville please! feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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Little Free Library opens on Friendly Crescent

Amanda Faulkner and her daughter Maëlle. Photo by Christine Vezarov.

Make a left turn from Hartsmere Dr. onto Friendly Crescent and you’ll see the bright yellow picnic table and turquoise mailbox with painted butterflies that are visited by members of the community every day.

A few weeks ago, Amanda Faulkner and her family filled their take-a-book-leave-a-book exchange with over a dozen books in front of their home on 9 Friendly Crescent. Continue reading


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Outdoor family yoga classes start July 21 at Alexander Grove Park

Stittsville parent Kim Davis couldn’t find a family yoga class in the area at a convenient time, so she created her own.

Starting Tuesday, July 21 and continuing until August 18, yoga instructor Stefania Moffatt will be leading a family yoga session at Alexander Grove Park from 11am-noon.

Davis says she’s participated in family yoga classes before, where parents and their kids (usually moms and their toddlers) take part in exercises together. She wanted to find a daytime class that wouldn’t conflict with when her little ones were taking naps.

She approached several yoga studios in the area, but none of them could offer what she was looking for.  That’s when she turned to the Stittsville Moms Facebook group and found a lot of enthusiastic support.

Moffatt is a certified hatha yoga teacher who does group classes at a variety of locations in Ottawa, including at offices. She’s also a writer and nutritionist.  The family yoga class costs $20 per family, and advance registration is required by emailing stefaniamoffatt@gmail.com.

 


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Long-time nursery school teachers set to retire

(Photo: Sue Blackhall (left) and Judy Starr are two teachers at Stittsville Co-Operative Nursery School who are retiring this year after many years of working at the facility.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

“Goodbye my joy!”

In response, chubby little hands and arms reach out to encircle nursery school teacher Sue Blackhall before running off.

For the past 23 years, Blackhall has been teaching children and preparing them to enter school in a home away from home at the Stittsville Cooperative Nursery School (SCNS.) Continue reading


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LETTER: Clarification on Mini Muffins closure

Re:  Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure, October 20

I am writing to you with concern for the article you published with regards to the sudden closing of the Mini Muffins Pre-school.  I only became aware of the public notice on December 23, 2014.  It’s unfortunate that not all family members were made aware of  the closure and with the passing of both my father and mother, this is the first time I have been able to address this publication; specifically this particular quote published by my sister, Susan Martello. Continue reading


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Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure

Dozens of parents were scrambling to find alternate daycare arrangements after the sudden closing of Mini Muffins Preschool (MMP) in Kanata over the weekend.

One parent who did not want to be identified told StittsvilleCentral.ca that she’s lost about $1,000 she had already paid for daycare services until the end of October.

As many as 100-120 children could be affected by the closure. Continue reading


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LETTER: “Mini Muffins Preschool was a big part of the community”

Mini Muffins Precshool has closed its doors.  Located in Katimavik, the facility served many Stittsville families.  The closure was sudden. Staff only found out on Friday (some via email) and several parents told us that they found out on the weekend and will be searching for new daycare arrangements on Monday morning.  We received this letter from a former employee of Mini Muffins. Continue reading


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