Fairwinds Movie Night

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I am happy to share that the Fairwinds Community Association is hosting an outdoor movie night at Rosehill Park!

 

On Friday, August 25th at 8:30 PM, stop by for a screening of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” for a night of fun for the whole family.

 

I was pleased to sponsor this great community event and I highly encourage all residents to come out because the movie will play rain or shine (rain location is at the Kanata Academy Gymnasium at 180 Huntmar Drive).

 

Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish. Volunteers are requested for this event. If you would like to help out, please email info@fairwindscommunity.com

Bring your blankets or bring your chairs and enjoy this free event taking place in our own backyard.

St. Thomas Community Corn Supper

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St. Thomas Anglican Church is hosting a community corn supper and all residents are invited!

 

On August 26th from 5:00-7:00, indulge in ham, potato salad, coleslaw, bean salad, macaroni salad, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, and pickled beets, tossed salad, rolls, and of course – hot buttered corn. Tea, coffee, lemonade, and ice cream will be available to round out the meal so there is truly something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

 

The cost is $14 for those 12 and up, 6-11 is $6 and children under 6 eat for free. Tickets are available by calling 613-623-4501 or at the church office on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

You can also contact fellowshipstthomas1619@gmail.com.

 

I hope that all interested residents consider joining for this gathering of great food and great community.

August 19th Pancake Breakfast in Blackstone Park

I would like to invite all residents in the Blackstone community or otherwise to a delicious breakfast I am hosting in Blackstone Community Park. On August 19th from 8:00-10:00 AM, stop by to ask any City-related questions you may have and feel free to grab a bite to eat!

 

Enbridge will be on hand to prepare the pancakes and Safer Roads Ottawa will be in attendance once again to help provide some neat bicycle safety tips to take advantage of before the school year begins! Don’t forget to bring your bike and a helmet!

 

I am thrilled to offer these community breakfasts as an opportunity to connect and relax with your neighbours, friends, family, and me –  your City Councillor about any topics of conversation you may have.

 

I hope that that many residents take the time to stop by as it is certain to be a great time and D-E-licious.

Big Bike Ride

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Have you ever seen a large bike with 30 people riding around town blowing their horns? Have you ever wanted to climb aboard one to raise awareness for a worthwhile cause? Well, this is your opportunity to do so!

I am happy to announce that once again on August 15th, I am participating in the 2017 Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride, presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada.

This year, I will be joining Brown’s Independent Grocer as we ride into Stittsville Main Street at a start time of 12:30. I would like to send my thanks to Todd Brown and his team for welcoming me on their bike and all other teams who are participating in the Big Bike Ride this year. If you are taking part, remember to bring your noisemakers and bring your pedaling power but beyond all else, bring your presence!

The Big Bike is an exciting and enjoyable fundraising event as individuals come together aboard a bicycle built for 30 to raise awareness for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

To join or sponsor a team, simply click on the team link here and then click “Join our Team” and complete the registration.

There is no registration or minimum fundraising fee but I encourage everybody to raise as many dollars as possible to support the Heart & Stroke foundation. All the funds directly support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in its goal of reducing Canadians rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25% by 2020.

With your cooperation, I am sure we can make the big bike ride a BIG success.

Thank you and I look forward to supporting Heart and Stroke with you!

Lamitta’s Wish – Fire Fighters’ Car Wash

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On August 26th, residents are requested to stop by the D`arcy McGees on Terry Fox (655 Terry Fox Drive) between 11:00-2:00 where a car wash is taking place in support of Lamitta’s Wish.

 

Lamitta is a young Stittsville girl with cerebral palsy looking to fund an important surgery to give her the ability to walk.

 

The selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery is an expensive procedure which costs upwards of $130,000. Residents all year have been coming together to help raise funds for this brave and joyful girl in whatever ways they can including carwashes, bakesales, and fundraisers. Last weekend’s bottle drive was a great success and managed to raise $621! Wow!

 

Lamitta’s surgery is currently scheduled for September and it is not too late to help out.

 

Local firefighters from Station 81 have generously agreed to be on site and provide a firetruck to hose down the suds and staff from D`arcy McGee’s and Swiss Chalet have generously agreed to fund a BBQ in support of the charity and provide staff to help wash the cars.

 

I would like to thank Kim Hine for taking the initiative to organize this effort and all volunteers who are contributing their time.

I highly encourage all residents to stop by as our community comes together to support Lamitta and her wish to walk!

SVA Movie Night Recap

I would like to take a moment to thank all residents for coming out to enjoy the Stittsville Village Association’s “Cinema Under the Stars” event on July 22nd and for your generous contributions to the Stittsville Food Bank

 

The numbers are in and $555 were raised in donations to the Food Bank to help local families in need. It really goes to show what we can accomplish when the community comes together!

 

My office was thrilled to be one of the sponsors of the evening and look forward to potentially being a part of more movie nights in the future.

 

I would like to thank the entire Stittsville Village Association, particularly Sarah Rozema-Seaton who took the lead on ensuring this event was a great success! For all of your hard work, thank you.

Aroha Arts Festival

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I would like to take a moment to share with residents a special artistically-themed event put together by one of Stittsville’s own.

 

Arohafest celebrates the arts of India in Canada through the power of dance, music, and art. The event will take place this weekend, August 12/13 at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd in Orleans).

 

The two-day festival includes music workshops, yoga classes, dance performances and more! Best of all, it’s free!

 

I highly encourage all residents with an interest in the arts to take an opportunity to stop by. For more information, please visit https://arohafinearts.com/

Lamitta’s Wish Bottle Drop-Off

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In one of my January newsletters, I shared information of a young Stittsville girl with cerebral palsy named Lamitta looking to fund an important surgery to give her the ability to walk.

 

The selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery is an expensive procedure which costs upwards of $200,000. Residents all year have been coming together to help raise funds for this brave and joyful girl in whatever ways they can including carwashes, bakesales, and fundraisers.

 

Lamitta’s surgery is currently scheduled for September and it is not too late to help out.

 

A fundraiser bottle drive is taking place on Monday, August 7th for Lamitta’s Wish! Bottles and cans will be collected from 9am-2pm and residents may drop off donations at 104 Par-la-Ville Circle.

 

If you are unable to drop off your empty bottles/cans or would like to make arrangements for an early drop-off, please message Kim Hine on Facebook. Volunteers are also welcomed to help out.

 

I highly encourage all residents to support this great cause and help out a resident in need. Alternatively, if you would like to donate funds to Lamitta’s family directly, you can do so here.

Tokessy Baseball Tournament

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The Scott Tokessy Memorial Gold Glove Tournament kicked off today and will run until Sunday evening.  The tournament was established in 1996 in memory of Scott, a popular twelve year-old boy who died suddenly of an irregular heartbeat after hitting a home run for his Kanata house league team.

 

All proceeds from the tournament go directly to the CHEO cardiology department so I highly encourage all residents to take a moment to support these local teams as they play for an extremely worthwhile cause! For more information and a schedule of events, please visit http://www.tokessytournament.com/

Events in Ottawa this weekend

La Machine may be over but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still lots to do this long weekend in Ottawa!

 

Ribfest

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If you love the taste of delicious, award winning ribs and pulled pork, then be sure to check out Capital Ribfest right on the front lawn of Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W). The event runs from August 3-7 with street performers and acrobats performing for free. Check out the food or check out the entertainment but it is certain to be a good time. For more information visit http://www.capitalribfest.ca/

 

Buskerfest

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August 3-7 is also Ottawa’s 26th Annual International Buskerfest on Sparks Street. Many award winning shows ranging from contortionists to escape artists and fire breathers. This event is great fun for the whole family and a great opportunity to soak in incredible entertainment. For the full performance schedule and more information, please visit https://ottawabuskerfestival.com/