Message from the Stittsville Food Bank

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The Stittsville Food Bank would like to send a reminder that this time of year often always sees emptier food bank shelves.

As such, they are presently in need of the following items: shampoo, toothpaste, sugar, tea, canned potatoes, miracle whip, ketchup, mustard, cheese whiz, chili, stew, jam and canned fruit.

If anyone would like to donate, please feel free to make a trip to one of the many conveniently located drop-off bins. They are available at Brown’s Independent Grocer (1251 Stittsville Main), Giant Tiger (6081 Hazeldean), Sobey’s (6315 Hazeldean), Walmart (5357 Fernbank Rd), or the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) in front of my ward office. Please remember, that before you donate to check the date!

Stittsville Service of the Week – Goulbourn Township Historical Society

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I would like to take a moment to talk about the Goulbourn Township Historical Society – a community group dedicated to the history of the former Goulbourn Township, now amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

They are responsible for hosting such great events as Heritage Day in Stittsville and can often be most easily identified by their historically accurate settler outfits.

The Society was founded in 1977 as a means to foster research into the Township’s history, collecting  and preserving original documentation dating back to the township’s origin in 1817.

History buffs are welcome to join the society too. At about 115 members, the group offers regular speaker’s programs and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Volunteers are always invited to help create and staff exhibits for public events, to record and gather local peoples’ stories, to document the township in photographs or drawings, or to write brochures or books on local history.

To learn more about the Historical Society, please visit their website here.

Welcome to another new business

This past Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the newest gym to Stittsville, Orange Theory . Orange Theory has opened its doors at 5703 Hazeldean Road, offering residents a wide array of fitness services. During the event, I celebrated the opening by providing Karin Kincaid of the Orange Theory team with a welcome certificate from my office. I look forward to Orange Theory’s presence in Stittsville. On behalf of my office and the community I welcome owners Jason and Karin Kincaid to Stittsville, and congratulate them on the opening of their business. For more information you can visit their web site.

A Taste of Stittsville

On Sunday, September 4th, be certain to stop by 119 Iber Road for a taste of some of the local servings Stittsville has to offer. Food, beer, and wine will all be available and the festivities will be held outdoors in the parking lot.

Covered Bridge Brewing will be hosting the event alongside local vendors: Bonita’s Cantina, Little Red Shack, the Grounds Café and more!

No entry fee is required for participants.

This is a wonderful initiative in bringing together some of the fantastic local businesses here in Stittsville and would like to invite all residents to stop by and enjoy the flavours of the community.

Pool Closures at GRC

The Goulbourn Recreation Complex and Richcraft Recreation Complex will be closed from August 29th-September 19th/18th due to annual maintenance.

The complexes have requirements to remain open from mid September until the end of June due to demand and the City tries to avoid closures for aquatic operations during the summer period as much as possible. Facility closure decisions are not arbitrary, but a result of analysis of program registration statistics and other user requirements.

I encourage interested residents to review the city’s public swimming schedules web page which identifies the current pool closures and provides a search option for pool schedules here.

For an alternative option, the Kanata Leisure Centre had its annual maintenance closure for 2016 in March/April and is currently open for all programs and services. Please note that fall schedules will be changing in September; updated schedules will also be available at the link above.

New Stittsville Café Coming Right Up!

Blumenstudio Café is the newest in the line-up of local Stittsville cafés hitting the coffee scene.

I had the pleasure of stopping by earlier this week for a delicious coffee and a glimpse of the unique plant-oriented ambience.

Steelwool Cycleworks, a bike shop, is slated to open next door (the café itself is located at 1564 Stittsville Main St) and along with a floral shop, the three businesses will be orchestrated together similar to their other location found at 465 Parkdale Ave.

While the official opening has not yet taken place, residents are still invited to stop by and enjoy a nice coffee or tea and get a feel for just what they’re all about. Be sure to visit their Twitter for more updates.

I would like to wish my congratulations for Blumenstudio owner, Kat Kosk and Steelwool owner, Thom Johnson. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

OrangeTheory Fitness Grand Opening

After five months of construction, reserving pre-opening memberships, participating in multiple events, setting up and training the team of staff, Orangetheory Fitness – Stittsville is now ready for its Grand Opening!

 

Thursday, August 25th marks the date for the second Orangetheory Fitness studio here in Ottawa the public, friends, family and members are all invited to the Grand Opening Event.

 

Those who choose to stop by will be welcomed to the evening with gift bags compliments from the Beauty Boutique at Shoppers Drug Mart; please register in the Guest Registry under the Orange Tent. Enter to win a door prize compliments from Big Rig, CRAFT Beer Market, Arbonne, Via Cibo and more.

 

The event will be celebrated with beverages from a local craft brewery, chilled Steeped Tea, recovery drinks samples from Beyond Yourself supplements, and post-workout smoothie samples from the Grounds Cafe. Finger foods will be available courtesy of Bamboo restaurant and sweet treats are available to enjoy while you meander the partnered vendors.

 

I hope that any fitness-oriented residents take a moment to stop by this grand opening celebration as this is the last chance to lock in the best monthly rates. For more information on Orangetheory, be sure to visit their website here.

 

I would like to congratulate the owners, Jason and Karin Kincaid for choosing Stittsville as their new location. Welcome to the neighbourhood.

Stittsville Service of the Week – Rotary Club of Stittsville

The Rotary Club of Stittsville is another great service for Stittsville residents. Brought together by the goodwill of its patrons, its purpose unites business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and provide goodwill and peace around the world.

They come together for charitable events, breakfasts, trivia, and several other social gatherings. They bring in guest speakers, host mother/daughter book clubs, and present scholarships to graduating teens for community involvement.

They have also been responsible for completing phase-one of Ottawa’s first Peace Park complete with a labyrinth. You can help to get involved with the next steps which include the beautification of the surroundings with gardens and other areas to enhance the park for people of all abilities. In recognition of your donation of $200 to support the Peace Park, you will be recognized by an inscription on a brick which will be part of the pathway to the labyrinth. I encourage residents to visit the peace park at Bell Park, 1751 Stittsville Main St.

The Rotary Club has become a staple in the Stittsville community and acts as a great place to make friends while supporting great causes.

To learn more, you can find them Wednesdays at 7:00 AM at the Amberwood Village Member’s Lounge. You can also visit their website at http://www.stittsvillerotary.com/

Värdera Café joins the Stittsville Community

Vardera Cafe Grand Opening 2016

Last week saw the opening of a new contender in the Stittsville local coffee scene.

Värdera Café is now open in the Jackson Trails Centre at 6081 Hazeldean Rd.

Värdera joins the Grounds, Gaia Java, Quitters, Timothy’s and Tim Hortons in the Stittsville community. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the owners to wish them well on their grandé new endeavour.

I hope that everyone has a chance to make it out to say hello to the newest members of our family and enjoy a 100% organic, fair trade, and locally roasted beverage (they also carry pastries, soups, salads, and all day brunch!).

Welcome to Stittsville, Värdera!

Stittsville Service of the Week – Stittsville Food Bank

The Stittsville Food Bank is a wonderful part of the Stittsville community.

Thanks to the generous contributions by both the community and the hard-working volunteers, they function without food or financial aid from the Ottawa Food Bank, operating as an independent associate member.

About 50 volunteers help to collect, organize, and distribute the donated food as well as 12 members who sit on the Board of Directors.

Their mission is to “provide assistance to those in need in the former Township of Goulbourn which includes the communities of Stittsville, Ashton and the surrounding rural areas. [They] distribute non-perishable and perishable food items as well as a limited list of personal toiletries. The Stittsville Food Bank is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and has been in operation since 1992.”

You can find the kind volunteers of the food bank at community events, food drives, and of course when they pick up your generous donations at one the five designated drop-off locations.

Find one today and drop off your non-perishable/expired items at Brown’s Independent Grocer (1251 Stittsville Main), Giant Tiger (6081 Hazeldean), Sobey’s (6315 Hazeldean), Walmart (5357 Fernbank Rd), or the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) in front of my ward office. Drop off and say hello!