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February 16, 2012

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Last weekend of Winterlude, Family Day and more...

Welcome to the world's largest skating rink
Welcome to the world's largest skating rink. Photo by Ross Dunn.

It's the last weekend for Winterlude and Monday is Family Day. Here are some great event ideas for the weekend.

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps:  
OUTDOORS: This Friday evening from 4pm to 7pm you can join the Friends of Gatineau Park volunteers for an evening of snowshoeing under the stars at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road in Chelsea. Discover how animals and plants face the many challenges of winter survival. Reservations are required and can be made at 819-827-2020 or 1-800-465-1867. This is a bilingual activity.  Adults $15 (Friends of Gatineau Park members: $12), seniors and students $12 (members $10), children $5. Snowshoes included.

Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl:  
KIDS: We're looking forward to checking out the Funatorium Explorium on February 18-20. There will be a ton of fun stuff to do for families with kids age four and over. Lego! Climbing! Jousting! Circus school! Everything you need to tire your kids out. 
(also suggested by Jean Labelle)

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher: 
FAMILY: February 17-25, the Ottawa Theatre School in association with The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama presents Jelly Belly makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie, adaptations of the poems of Dennis Lee. -$8 single ticket; Family pack of 4-$25. Three kids of diverse ethnic backgrounds stumble upon a city dumpster playing games, singing songs, and making up rhymes to pass the time as winter slowly moves in. Natalie Stern Studio Theatre, 294 Picton Ave.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:  
THEATRE: Running until the 18th at the Kanata Theatre is the play Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore. Based on true events, this play tackles the issues of loyalty to one's friends and family and loyalty to one's country. Shows at 8 p.m., tickets are only $18.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa  
COMEDY: I secretly believe comedy can change the world, so I’m excited about Cracking-Up the Capital for Mental Health on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. at the NAC. The event, which supports the Royal Ottawa, features Patrick McKenna, Derek Edwards, Debra DiGiovanni, Joey Elias and Trent McClellan.

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:  
JAZZ: John Geggie plays with an all-Canadian cast this Saturday -- particularly appropriate for a concert that's part of the NAC Presents program which promotes Canadian music. Multi-instrumentalist Phil Dwyer has just been nominated for a Juno, and is well matched by Montreal brothers Chet Doxas on saxophone and Jim Doxas on drums.

Don from foodieprints: 
FOOD: Stylings of Montreal's Adam & The Amethysts and Ottawa's Chris Page. Street food stylings from some of the best restaurants in the National Capital Regions. Eight limited-edition beer stylings from four local microbreweries. Do we have your attention yet? Good! Consider attending the Winter Food / Winter Brew portion of Kelp Records' Winter Warmer all-day event. Join The Whalesbone, Murray Street Kitchen, The Manx, the Hintonburg Public House, Edgar, Pressed, Seed to Sausage, Beau's, Kichesippi, Broadhead, and Mill Street this Saturday (February 18, 2012) at Dom Polski Hall (379 Waverly Street) from 11 am - 5 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. Tickets for food and beer are additional.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:  
MUSIC: One of Ottawa's finest bands, Amos The Transparent, is releasing a new album this Saturday at Ritual. Here's their fun new video.These guys are fantastic live. It will be a most excellent show!

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:   
THEATRE: The NAC English Theatre is hosting a family day event on Monday from 12 to 4 pm in the NAC lobby. Activities include storytelling, theatre and dance workshops, games, arts and crafts, and lots more! According to the NAC website this event is for "kids aged five and up and the people who love them". And it's all free!

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:   
KINDNESS: Next week marks the start of the annual city-wide Kindness Week, encouraging Ottawans to “choose to be kind” to their fellow community members. The Kindness Week launch will take place this Friday, February 17th from 10:30 – 11:30am in Jean Pigott Hall in Ottawa City Hall. More information is available on Facebook. As part of Kindness Week, on Family Day (Monday, February 20th) we will be hosting our annual Ottawa Centre Skate Party at McNabb Outdoor Rink, 180 Percy (at Gladstone and Bronson) from 1 – 3pm. Bring your skates, the hot chocolate is on me! More information is available by calling 613-722-6414.
(Also recommended by Juliette Giannesini)

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:   
BREAKFAST:  Join the zany Morning Team from The Bear 106.9, broadcasting live from the Newport Restuarant, 6-9am, on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. It's a launch for the 18th annual Max Keeping Bowlathon, coming March 11th at Merivale Bowling Centre.  Special guests drop by the breakfast broadcast. You can win swag! And if you register your team in the bowlathon early, you can win a pair of suite tickets for an upcoming Sens game.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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