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Laundry Land's loads of history

This spring, Laundry Land announced it was closing its doors permanently in Westboro. In Early Days, we look at the 121-year history of the Churchill Avenue building and its time as a church, gem store, laundromat and more.

FASD Awareness Walk running in September

Heather Lacey, executive director of ABLE2, spoke to us about the upcoming fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Awareness Walk and fundraising the organization did during the pandemic. 

Retirement Living: Classes reopen at CSC

Fitness and sewing classes have reopened at the Churchill Seniors Centre (CSC) this month. We caught up with Anita Findlay, CSC program coordinator, to hear more about the classes and what's in store for fall. 

Last Federal Update by MP McKenna

In June, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna announced that she would not be running again in Ottawa Centre in the fall election. In the Federal Update, we learn more about the MP's decision.

Biz Roundup

As always, we’ve checked in with our local BIAs (Wellington West and Westboro Village) to get the latest business headlines. In this month's roundup, there's a lot of openings and moves happening around the neighbourhood.

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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May 14-Aug. 31: Great Canadian Theatre Company – “NEGOTIATIONS WITH EXISTENCE”

“Presented online by GCTC, ‘Negotiations with Existence’ is a series of short films featuring intimate short-story narrations and original music, about the human condition and its confrontation with the small and bigger questions of existence. The series is written, narrated, photographed and produced by Ottawa-Toronto media producer and songwriter Timothy Trieste, Creative Director and founder of Sound of the Muse Records – Creative Media, and leader of the recording artist ensembles: The Life of Pearls and SleepWalk Plaza,” the Great Canadian Theatre Company website states.

The series runs throughout the summer from May 14 to Aug. 31. To learn more, visit gctc.ca

Aug. 3-28: Wall Space Gallery exhibition – “Celebrations of Summer”

“We are very excited to have guests in the gallery once more to enjoy the beautiful work our stable of artists have produced over the last year. This collection celebrates the natural world and how it has provided solace, refuge, and comfort to us when we may not have been able to find it elsewhere throughout the pandemic. These artists explore the land through a variety of media and expressions. Simultaneously, a harmonious rhythm blossoms across the works from an attention to texture and layering. While it comes as no surprise that the landscape has always been a mainstay of inspiration for artists everywhere, this past year’s shifts in daily inertia and a global rise in attention to social justice have brought environmental preservation to the forefront of our collective lives in an unprecedented way,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.

The exhibition runs from Aug. 3-28 and features work from Peter Colbert, Elizabeth D’Agostino, Erica Hawkes, Tanya Kirouac, Lori Richards, Ava Roth, Dan Ryan, and Amy Shackleton. To learn more, visit wallspacegallery.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 at 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 

ICYMI: Earlier this summer, Ottawa city council voted in favour of renaming the former Prince of Wales Bridge to Chief William Commanda Bridge.
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