Bars and Wheels of Stittsville (1261 Stittsville Main Street) are hosting a community ride in support of Habitat Go. The ride takes place on Friday, May 10th from 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm. Sign-up to register at barresandwheels.com/schedule/.
Local Girl Guides and Scouts have joined with Safer Roads Ottawa to host a FREE family bike rodeo on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. It is being held in Stittsville at the Johnny Leroux Arena (10 Warner-Colpitts Lane) Bring your family, bikes and helmets. Starting at 9 am, there will be education sessions every half hour. Everyone is welcome. Come out and learn about cycling safety! Contact organizer Lorraine Eaton should you require more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stittsville and District Lions Club (1339 Main Street) are holding their ‘Case for a Cure’ bottle drive on May 11th. They will be collecting glass, cans and plastics from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. All proceeds are going to support Canadian Diabetes. The monies raised will help send children with diabetes to Camp Huronda (in Huntsville) and Camp Banting (at the YMCA/YWCA Bonnenfant Centre in Dunrobin). Donate your bottles, cans and plastics to help send a child to camp.
Bake with Mom at Brown’s Your Independent Grocer. On May 11th bring your #1 Mom to cooking class and become pastry chefs together. Learn to strawberry swirl pound cakes, crispy cookies and mini lemon tarts. Snack included. Enjoy Mother’s Day enjoying your tasty treats together with a cup of tea! $22 per family. Maximum 2 children per Mom. Call 613-831-9268, ext.0 to register or go to http://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca/ to find out more!
The Log Farm (670 Cedarview Road) is holding it’s annual Sheep Shearing Demonstration on May 11th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come out to the farm to watch the sheep being shorn. They will be doing one Ewe every half hour. The sheep are only shorn once a year so make sure you don’t miss this fun event. May 11th is also the first day of the Farmers Market. The market will take place at the Log Farm every Saturday until the end of October.
Opening Day at the Carp Farmers’ Market (3790 Carp Road-Carp Fairgrounds) from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on May 11th. Come do some local shopping this Mother’s Day weekend with 70+ LOCAL Carp Market vendors. Say hi to returning vendors and meet the new vendors!
6th Annual Motorcycle Ride for Disabled Vets takes place on May 11th from 9:45 am – 3:45 pm at the Brown’s Your Independent Grocer in Stittsville. The 152 Km Porker Run will support the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit. This group train dogs for the PTSD recovery program for Veterans and First Responders. Registration is 9:00 am – 9:45 am (raise $100 – registration is free). The cost is $30 per bike, $10 per passenger. Includes poker card for both, BBQ from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and door prizes – 50/50 draw at 3:00 pm. Lots of great silent auction items. Hurleys Breakfast starts at 6:30 am with some special breakfast choices priced at $7.99. The official ride starts at 10:00 am. For more info call Adam Scheepers at 613-447-4238.
The Good Read Book Store, located at the Stittsville Library, is run by volunteers. Currently, Good Read is inundated with books and digital media of all kinds. The store is holding a large sale on all of its books, CDs, DVDs. This sale will be BOGO (of same value), that is, Buy One Get One free. The sale commences on Friday, May 10th and will last until Friday, May 17th. Remember, by purchasing books or other materials at Good Read, funds go back to the Library allowing them to keep the bookshelves stocked. Support your local Library.
For the month of May through to June 4, you can visit the new Ottawa West Art Association art installation in the lobby at the CardelRec Goulbourn Centre on Shea Road. It’s called “Micro World” and, as you might imagine, it features a number of paintings and photos that depict the small and very small. Take in this new exhibition at the owaa gallery.
Another event of interest takes place in Carleton Place. The Book Gallery, opened in 1991, will be closing its doors. All books will be FREE. There are over 100,000 titles and you can check them out May 10, 11 and 12 between 12:00 and 4:00 pm each day. The Book Gallery is located at 19 Lake Avenue, West (corner of Victoria Street) and is known as the largest book store in all of our area. Sadly the owner and long-time employee, Steve Hamilton, passed away suddenly in March. He had inherited the business from Grant Purdy in October 2018. The building has been sold and Steve’s widow, Bev Pearman, must unload the books by June. She is also looking for someone to take all of the books leftover after this weekend. If you are an organization, individual or business interested in doing so, Bev can be reached at email@example.com. Having shopped at the Book Gallery, and finding old books that no other bookstore could, I can attest that you will find books in any genre you are seeking. I will sorely miss the old place!
And, most importantly, don’t forget to celebrate your Mom!