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Respite Centre continues to evolve

In November, ice was melted and tables and chairs were hauled onto the rink surface at the Tom Brown Arena. Since then, the respite centre has recorded over 45,000 service interactions, more than any other respite centre in Ottawa.

HOK: Meet Rebecca Clark-Kipfer

Rebecca Clark-Kipfer spent some time chatting with us. The Hintonburg local is a special education teacher who runs a slow-fashion Instagram account that focuses on the ethics behind clothing and body neutrality.

Weighing in on walkability

Have you heard of Walkable Ottawa? It's an initiative founded by architect Rosaline J. Hill that works with community partners, real-estate developers and residents to ensure the existence of 15-minute neighbourhoods.

The story of a short-lived slaughterhouse

At the end of the 19th century, Tunney’s Pasture was home to the Ottawa Stock Yards and Abattoir Company. In this month's Early Days, we learn about the short-lived history of the local slaughterhouse. 

What's happening in the 'hood 

COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Ottawa during the pandemic. 

Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi! 

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April 24 - Cleaning Wellington West! 

A Cleaning the Capital event brought to you by your Hintonburg & Wellington Village Community Associations. Sponsored by Giant Tiger Xpress & Morris Home Hardware. Supported by the Wellington West BIA.  Event runs April 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. *Rain date May 1. Please bring your own gloves and rakes if possible. Hintonburg registration table: Hintonburg Community Centre at 1064 Wellington St. W.; Wellington Village registration table: Fisher Park School, west entrance on Harmer Ave.

 

April 24 - GCTC - Cranium Festival 

Ottawa’s hip-hop, R&B and urban music festival hosted by the Great Canadian Theatre Company this spring. “CRANIUM supports the development of Ottawa and Canada’s Urban Music community via performance opportunities, professional development activities, networking and by connecting Ottawa based professionals to others around the world,” the GCTC website states. The festival runs from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. on April 24. To learn more, visit gctc.ca 


April 27 - Ottawa Horticultural Society Webinar

“Growing More Butterflies.” Butterflies come from caterpillars, and caterpillars can only eat very specific plants. To attract adult butterflies, a garden needs to have good nectar-producing plants to feed the adults and, just as importantly, the specific native host plants for the next generation.  Speaker Trish Murphy will look at some of the diverse species of milkweeds that attract monarch and some other garden-worthy wildflowers that nurture local butterflies as caterpillars and as adults. The webinar is free and runs from 7:30-9 p.m. To learn more, visit ottawahort.org 


May 1 - Clare Gardens Park Clean-Up

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park and the Westboro Community Association are hosting the bi-annual Clare Gardens Park clean-up on Saturday, May 1. Join us and bring a broom, a rake or a shovel. We’ll bring rubber gloves and large plastic plus garden bags. To stay safe, we will be practicing COVID-19 physical distancing measures. The clean-up runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Note: The rain date is Sunday, May 2. Get some fresh air and help us keep our park beautiful. For more information, contact volunteergardenersofclarepark@gmail.com or hellowestboro@yahoo.ca


MONDAYS - ABOVE AND BEYOND TOASTMASTERS

Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays)

Have the jitters each time you need to present a speech? Visit us online. Learn how to communicate better in a relaxed atmosphere and hone your leadership skills. Impromptu speaking is one of our highlights. It’s fun! Fun! Fun! We would love to have you join us on Mondays. Contact our club via aandbtoastmasters@gmail.com to receive the link.

TUESDAYS - BYTOWN VOICES COMMUNITY CHOIR

Although the choir is not able to prepare for public performances, we will be meeting online each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. We will be learning some new music and maintaining our vocal cords in a relaxed environment, with plenty of musical and technological help. We will all be experiencing this new way of meeting and singing together and are happy to welcome new members, men and women, to join us. For more information, see our website at bytownvoices.com

WEDNESDAYS - SHOUT SISTER! CHOIR

There are 25 chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario and we are constantly growing. Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. We learn from recorded tracks, so we require no reading of music. Our method is fresh and fun, and we are a warm and welcoming community. We use Zoom to meet virtually every Wednesday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) and Thursday evening (7-9 p.m.). Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you join us! For information on joining, please contact members@shoutsisterchoir.ca or visit shoutsisterchoir.ca 
 

Got a Kitchissippi area virtual or COVID-19-safe event to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your info to editor@kitchissippi.com 
In case you missed it: Coach Karlis Bouse updated Kitchissippi Times on efforts made by local youth athletes to keep their Ultimate Frisbee going through all seasons of the pandemic.
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