A Saturday of giving and learning in Stittsville

The Sew Eco: Holiday Giftbag Making group were having a grand time when we dropped by. Kelly Ray was there to help lead the group, along with Tanya Schauer-Hein. The accomplished sewing instructors shared their talents and the finished products were looking perfect and ready to be filled with Christmas surprises.




Over 20 volunteers came out to help install the lights at Village Square Park. Darryl Metzger of the Stittsville Business Association organized the volunteers in collaboration with the Stittsville Lions Club. The two groups have been responsible for lighting up the park for several years. Ryan McNeil of Stittsville Home Hardware was there to help ready the lights to be hung. The loan of a genie lift made it more efficient to hang the lights. The lights are in place and ready to be turned on after Stittsville’s Parade of Lights on November 30th. Come out and enjoy the parade, meet Santa, take in Village Square Park in all its brightened glory, while enjoying hot chocolate and other treats as Stittsville gathers after the parade. Huge thanks to the Stittsville Village Association who brings our community this much anticipated parade year after year! This year the parade is taking place on November 30th.


Popped over to Stittsville Market at the Barn to see what was happening there today. Christmas photos were being taken by Annemarie Gruden who donated part of the proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. Terry Hynes, owner of pretty ‘n paper here in Stittsville was selling her many unique wares. We just loved the sayings on each item – all good for a chuckle. Terry, hailing from Newfoundland, has some items for you if you ‘come from away’!

While waiting for the Parade of Lights to start on November 30th, why not visit The Barn. Mandy and Daniel will be opening up at 5:00 pm for a special Christmas market. The kids can drop off their letters to Santa in The Barn’s special North Pole post box — guaranteed to be delivered directly to Saint Nick!


Down the street at Toys & Toothpaste, donations were pouring in to help Ellie and Ben Medaglia fulfill their Christmas wish to deliver full hampers to the families living at the ‘Y’ Family Shelter. Two truckloads of donations were received. Ben, Ellie and Mom, Kristal, want to express their thanks to the Stittsville Lions Club for helping out Toys & Toothpaste by letting them use the location for a drop-off point, and especially the people of Stittsville for your generosity. The Toys & Toothpaste charity drive has been extended to November 22nd to allow for more donations to help even more causes — Stittsville’s Stocking Project, the Angel Tree program and Stittsville Food Bank. If you missed them on Saturday, send an email to toysandtoothpaste@gmail.com and make arrangements to drop off or have your donation picked up.






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