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Here are our contributors' picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly
Thursday, March 7: de Natura discussion on nature and health
Step away from the electronic device, put on your coat and come out to the Canadian Museum of Nature for an evening with Dr. Alan Logan, naturopath and co-author of Your Brain on Nature, on the importance of nature for human well-being. Part of the museum’s de Natura discussion series, the event is 7:30-9:30 p.m.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Thursday, March 7: Claire Pattison Hunter, Aaron Kozak and Justin Labelle
In/Words chapbook & broadside launch, 7:30 pm at Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W.
poetry & photography by young emerging poets & photographers plus the fine bohemian atmosphere of Raw Sugar where you can drink a pint on an arborite table & enjoy the vintage dresses hanging on the walls as art.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Thursday, March 7: A Tale of Survival: Presentation by Mariatu Kamara
Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Canadian War Museum by attending a talk by Mariatu Kamara, one of the women featured in the 11 Women Facing War exhibition who survived the civil war in Sierra Leone. Mariatu Kamara will be presenting her tale of survival following a cocktail reception held in her honor.
-- Eliane Laberge, blogger
Friday, March 8: Walk In Her Shoes challenge
Did you know women and girls in developing countries often walk 8,000 steps (6km) every day just to get things like water or firewood? Join the Walk In Her Shoes challenge and walk 8,000 steps a day for 8 days to raise funds for CARE Canada's poverty fighting work around the world. This challenge is open to do until the end of May, but why not sign up this week in honour of International Women's Day on March 8?
-- Laura Gauthier
Friday-Saturday, March 8-10: CIS Final 8 Basketball
The top eight teams in Canadian university basketball play in the championship final tournament at Scotiabank Place. Both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are competing.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com
March 8-17: Orpheus Musical Theatre presents The Drowsy Chaperone
At Centrepointe Theatre. Okay, full disclosure, I'm IN this show, so hardly an objective recommendation. But apart from our (brilliant) production opening this week, the show itself is notable as a Canadian success story. It started as a Stag Party spoof by a few Canadian actors - including Don McKellar - then turned into a Fringe show, then a full musical in Toronto, and finally a hit Broadway show that won 5 Tony Awards. So there you go. Buy a ticket, and you get Can-Con AND Broadway glitter AND me in several outrageous costumes/accents.
--Dennis Van Staalduinen, blogger & community activist
Saturday, March 9: Half Moon Run at Zaphod's
With roots in Ottawa, this Montreal-based band is starting make it big. They are playing at Zaphod's on Saturday night. If you haven't heard of them, check this great single: http://youtu.be/azV0Y7v6wsg
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
Sunday-Monday, March 10-11: Wind in the Willows
Life on the riverbank is never dull for timid Mole, kind Rat, gruff Badger, and hilarious Toad, whose adventures have dangerous consequences. Enjoy this classic show! At the Shenkman Arts Centre.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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