|Garage Dogs. Photo by Megan Butcher, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access:
Thursday, April 11: Café Scientifique - Location, location, location: Improving the health of your Ottawa neighbourhood
Hear from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research about the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study, which has been looking at health and well-being in the city’s neighbourhoods, and share your ideas about how to make Ottawa a healthier place to live. 107 Murray St., 6-8 p.m.
-- Denise Deby
Friday, April 12: Dancing Aurorae
Learn about the beautiful northern lights, and create a colourful craft to take home. These hands-on family workshops feature take-home crafts. Each workshop offers new discovery activities to encourage children's exploration of the world of astronomy. For kids 4-12, at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology. 7:00pm-8:30pm.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine
Friday, April 12: Uncorked! Wine Tasting
This Friday, April 12, the Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to its second edition of Uncorked! a special night of wine-tasting in an enchanting decor. This installment of the Uncorked! series will feature Canadian wines. There may be a few tickets left, but the event will sell out so do hurry up if you plan on attending.
-- Eliane Laberge
Friday, April 12: Celebrating Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe, considered one of Africa’s greatest writers, passed away in March. There’ll be a celebration of his work with readings, spoken word performances, tributes and music at Carleton University’s Residence Commons, Rm. 270, 7-10 p.m. It’s sure to be inspiring. Hosted by the Nigeria High Commission and Nigerians in Canada, and Carleton’s Institute of African Studies.
-- Denise Deby
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14: Rockcliffe Park Public Library Spring Book Sale
Beautiful books at bargain prices; 10,000+ donated, high-quality books, videos, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and more. At the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, 380 Springfield Road. Cash or cheques only! No CCs.
-- Amanda Earl
Saturday, April 13: Ottawa Goes Wild (rain date Sunday, April 14)
That’s “wild” as in “wildlife,” of course, since this is National Wildlife Week. The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-Ottawa Valley Chapter, South March Highlands, Ecology Ottawa and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club are hosting a celebration at Brewer Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with music, kids’ activities and displays on local wildlife and habitat conservation.
-- Denise Deby
Saturday, April 13: The Jivewires at the NAC Fourth Stage
Ottawa's Jivewires play swing and jive jazz with a bit of blues dropped in – intensely danceable and mostly upbeat, music that grabs you and puts a smile on your face – and they feature some of the best jazz musicians in town. You can hear them debut new songs from their upcoming sixth album at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday.
-- Alayne McGregor
Saturday, April 13: Fela Night 2013
On Saturday, April 13, the Mercury Lounge invites you to Fela Night 2013, an annual tribute to Fela Kuti presented by the venue. The event includes a drumming circle from 7:00 to 10:00 pm followed by a night of dancing to the sounds of DJs Elorious Cain and Trevor Walker who’ll be be spinning originals and remixes of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat music.
-- Eliane Laberge
Monday, April 15: A Monday for Max
Join us at Petit Bill's Bistro, 1293 Wellington Street, 5pm to close, for a special Newfoundland menu, silent auction, and entertainment. Newfoundland gourmet delights like cod tongues, fish'n'brewis, cod au gratin, salt beef dinner, rabbit stew, with appropriate wines! (Beef for mainlanders). This is the sixth year Petit Bill's stages the unique evening with proceeds to www.maxkeepingfoundation.org. Reservations, www.petitbillsbistro.com or 613-729-2500.
-- Max Keeping
Tuesday, April 16: Cold War Cinema: The Sum of All Fears
What better place to watch The Sum of All Fears than from one of locations where the movie was filmed? Canada's Cold War Museum at the Diefenbunker in Carp is showing the movie starting at 7pm, with the optional tour starting at 6pm. The movie on its own is $8, and the movie+tour is $15. If you're a Museum Member or Connexion Card holder then admission is free. Reservations are required and can be made at 613-839-0007.
-- Gordon Dewis
Tuesday, April 16: Foursquare Day
If you’re an avid Foursquare user, you can join more than 100 cities around the world to celebrate Foursquare Day on April 16 during the inaugral Foursquare Day Meetup at Ground Kitchen & Coffeehouse . You’ll get a chance to meet fellow users and learn how to integrate the app features with your business for free! Attendees can register at http://foursquareday-eorgf.eventbrite.com
-- Ruvini Godakandae
Wednesday, April 17: Paper Route at Ritual Nightclub
I dig this band and although they are not the headliner on this bill, I think they are by far the best. So, you can catch them and not have to be out until 2 a.m. on a work night. This isn't an official video, but I really love this song. http://youtu.be/0Z3t1bnBEYQ
-- Ryan Bresee
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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