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February 29, 2012

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Whales, gardening, RV's, Musical Ride, maple syrup, more...

Buffalo - Navan, ON
Buffalo - Navan, Ontario.  By Derek Mellon.
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this week's events, I just thought it was a good photo.

Once you've finished shovelling after this week's storm, here are some great event ideas for this week in Ottawa.

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner: 
MUSIC: Well, how can I not mention "Don't Panic": Zaphod's 20th Anniversary Celebrations? This humble little club which has persevered in Ottawa still continues to be a beacon for incredible performers and audiences. The week-long party brings together bands, DJs and some of our DJ alumnae to celebrate this legendary people-space.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:  
BOOKS: It’s the season to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee, and this week you can fill your shelves with great new reads at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais (the Outatouais book fair). Come and meet great authors! March 1-4.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa  
GARDENING: March 3rd is “Seedy Saturday”—but it’s not what you think. It’s Ottawa’s annual seed exchange and sale, with organic seeds, an organic “mini-market” and gardening workshops. It’s never too early to think about spring, so check it out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park, 105 Greenview Ave.

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
RV: Carrying on in the whole outdoors theme that my last couple of picks have had is the 19th Annual Ottawa Spring RV Show. Taking place at the CE Centre this Friday to Sunday, the show features many RV dealers along with other RV-related exhibitors including a number of campgrounds. If you're in the market for an RV or just want to learn more, this is the show for you. Admission is $12 for those who are 19 years or older, while teens and children are admitted free. There is a discount coupon available on their website (www.OttawaRVShow.com) and don't forget to print a copy of the ballot for the draw for prizes from their sponsors.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:  
MUSEUMS: A new exhibit opens at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Friday, called Whales Tohora. Continues until September 3. "An internationally acclaimed exhibition from New Zealand that brings the world of whales to life through interactive science and unique cultural storytelling."
MUSICAL RIDE:  The RCMP holds their annual Musical Ride Open House on Saturday, March 3. Featuring stable tours, demonstrations, carriage rides and more. Bring a donation for the Food Bank.

Don from foodieprints: 
FOOD: Winter has returned. Would you be interested in something to warm the belly? How about soup? How about a handmade bowl to eat it in? May we suggest attending this year's Great Bowls of Fire benefit for the Ottawa Food Bank at the Glebe Community Centre (corner of Lyon Street and Third Avenue)? Starting at 5:30 pm, attendees will choose a bowl made by the Ottawa Guild's Potters. Bowls will be filled with soup from restaurants like Il Primo Ristorante, Restaurant E18teen, Absinthe Café, Allium, Town Restaurant, and Stone Soup Foodworks. Bakeries like ACE, Rideau, and Trillium will offer bread. There will be live music. There will be coffee. At $35/person you get a souvenir, you get an early supper, and you support a good cause.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:   
POETRY: On Sunday, March 4, VERSeFEST wraps up with a glorious day of poetry. First a workshop with American spoken word artist Ursula Rucker at 3pm, then a free reading with American poet Paige Ackerson-Kiely & BC poet Barry McKinnon at 4:30pm, then prize winning poets Phil Hall, Canada; Philip Levine, USA, and Pura López-Colomé, Mexico at 8pm.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
KIDS: The Canada Agriculture Museum launches a new spring season with its annual Barnyard Break. Take in a wide variety of demonstrations fromButter Making and Tasting to Cooking with Maple Syrup. What’s more, this March there will be a number of calves in need of naming, so visitors are invited to offer their suggestions. Children can get creative and keep themselves busy with a winter-themed craft. Ongoing at the Canada Agriculture Museum, 861 Prince of Wales Drive.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:   
FUNDRAISER: To celebrate and honour women around the world for International Women's Day on March 8, why not sign up for CARE Canada's Walk In Her Shoes campaign? Women and girls in poor communities walk for hours every day to gather the things they need to keep their family alive. You can help break this cycle of poverty. Sign up here and walk 8000 steps a day for 8 days. You'll get a CARE shirt and pedometer to track your steps. Raise funds for your efforts and help empower women and girls to fight poverty with CARE Canada. This is a personal challenge - but I'll be organizing a walk in the South end of Ottawa on March 8 for my team - The Aglets. Feel free to join my team!

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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