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February 23, 2012

OttawaStart Weekly Event Round-Up: Boats, fishing, chemistry, radio control airplanes, snowshoeing and more...

Winterlove.  A shot from Confederation Park, the night before Valentine's Day.  Photo by J. Michel Carriere.

Thanks to all of our contributors this week for the eclectic event suggestions for this week.  You can add your event recommendations in the comments below, or add them to OttawaStart via our Community News page.

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps:  
BOATS & FISHING: The Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen's Show takes place this weekend, starting Thursday and running through Sunday. It features over 200 exhibitors offering a wide selection of products, services, gear and tackle for fishing, boating, camping and paddlesports. With celebrity experts, seminars, demonstrations, family entertainment, and more, the show is perfect for all outdoor enthusiasts. Admission is $14 for adults, $6 for juniors (10 to 15 years), $9 for seniors, and free for children under 10 who are with an adult. It takes place at the CE Centre on Alert Road near the Airport Parkway.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:    
SCIENCE: Carleton's popular Chemistry Magic Show is back on Saturday with shows at 11 am and 2:30 pm. Kids can also visit the activity room between 9:30am and 5pm (except during show times) and make their own slime, Olympic medals, and ice cream made from liquid nitrogen! Admission is free but donations of non-perishables for the food bank would be appreciated.

Andrew King, artist:    
WINTER FUN FLY: Join members of Ottawa's Radio Control Club as they take to the winter skies with various radio control aircraft on Saturday Feb. 25th for Ottawa Radio Control Club Winter Fun Fly at their Drummond Flying Field (4520 Cambrian Rd). The event is all day but at 12:30 they will serve Shahram’s famous chilli followed by hotdogs.

Ruvini Godakandae
DANCE: Get a chance to witness some high caliber Canadian dance performances from contemporary to hip hop at Chance 2 Dance Gala 2012 on February 25, Chance 2 Dance Foundation’s annual fundraiser. You’ll see the likes of So You Think You Can Dance familiar faces Tara-Jean Popowich, Janick Arseanault and Jordan Clark headlining the show. Performances by Quinte ballet dancers and North America’s top hip hop crew, 8 Count Crew, will also take centre stage. You’ll not only be checking out an electrifying dance event but you’ll be helping children to fulfill their dance dreams.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:   
COMMUNITY: I am looking forward to attending the Afghan Women’s Fundraising and Awareness Event this weekend. It is being hosted by the Afghan Students Association of Ottawa, and will focus on raising awareness of the challenges and successes that Afghan women have faced in the past decade. The event is also a fundraiser for World University Service of Canada and a way to introduce the Afghan Students Association to the wider Ottawa community. It is being held this Saturday, February 25 from 5:30 – 7:30pm in Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa.

Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog:     
THEATRE: This Saturday, I'll be exploring my... um... feminine side by attending The Vagina Monologues at The Bronson Centre. Proceeds benefit the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. I'm also going to support my friend, Amanda Cottreau, who will be performing on stage. Go Amanda!

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca: 
JAZZ: Bassist Marc Decho invites master Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas for a first time performance at Cafe Paradiso on Saturday night. Expect an unforgettable evening of authentic no-holds-barred Afro-Cuban Jazz.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:  
SAY THANK YOU: We can never say thank you enough to the First Responders - the police, fire and paramedic services who provide us 24/7 protection.  For the third year, the Ottawa 67's are giving us that opportunity. Come to the 67's game at 2pm on Sunday, Feb 26 to meet hundreds of police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics. They'll be there thanks to MBNA and the 67's, and on your behalf, I'll give a collective address of gratitude to these highly committed public servants, who put their lives on the line for us everyday.  And of course, enjoy the game - the 67's are one of the elite teams in the OHL. Tickets are priced for families!

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura: 
SNOWSHOES: I did this last month and it was fantastic. This Sunday at 1 p.m. is CPAWS monthly snowshoe hike for a $5 donation to their wonderful work protecting our green spaces. This snowshoe hike will be exploring the eastern fringes of the National Capital Greenbelt, in particular, along Greens Creek. With its unique geology of deep ravines and table lands, Greens Creek is one of the many gems of the Greenbelt. This 4.6 km trail follows the creek northward toward the Ottawa River where we will have the opportunity to learn more about Greens Creek, the Greenbelt and the Ottawa River. For those interested, a short snowshoe hike through Mer Bleue is also possible afterwards. In that case, we will be hiking the 1.2 km Mer Bleue Bog trail.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid: 
KIDS: On Sunday, February 26 it's Costumes & Cameras at the Nepean Museum.
Prepare to dress-up and pose for a picture as you explore costumes and cameras in the collection. 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Nepean Museum (16 Rowley). $1 donation per child.

Don from foodieprints:   
FOOD: Burnt Butter Italian Kitchen hosts "Chef-Paired Food & Wine Dinners" once a month, on a Sunday evening. Each dinner is themed and its courses are paired with wine. With February coming to a close, consider attending this month's themed dinner, "A taste of New Zealand and Australia", on Sunday, February 26. The menu includes kangaroo mulligatawny soup; savoury cheesecake with sausage, onion, garlic an thyme; citrus lamb kebab with mache lettuce and pomegranate vinaigrette; currant chicken breast or BBQ mango prawns; and Louise Cake with Coconut & Raspberry. Cost is $75 pp (wine pairing included). To make reservations, contact Burnt Butter (1100 Wellington Street) by phone at 613-792-4000.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:  
POETRY: VERSeFest begins on Tuesday February, 28, 2012 & continues until Sunday, March 4, 2012. It's the second annual week-long poetry festival & it's chock full of poets from Canada, the USA & Mexico. Tuesday night features Paul Tyler, Suzanne Buffam, Dennis Lee: 7pm; Shauntay Grant, Afua Cooper: 9pm. Festival passes are $50 & day passes are $10 with a few events at additional cost. This is a rare opportunity to hear poets who seldom come to Ottawa or have never come before, such as Rae Armantrout, Philip Levine, Barry MacKinnon, Dennis Lee & more.

Denise Deby, from Green Living Ottawa  
UNCENSORED: Some great local writers, poets, musicians, actors, art gallery owners and public library staff will all be in one place on Wednesday, Feb. 29, reading and performing from censored or banned works. It’s Censored Out Loud 2012, an event marking Freedom to Read Week and raising funds for PEN Canada, an association of writers that supports freedom of expression. 10 p.m. to midnight at Gladstone Theatre, $10 or pay what you can.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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