Column: Aug. 07, 2014

Fall/Winter Recreation eGuide now online

The City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide for the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 is now available for viewing online on ottawa.ca. In terms of registering for upcoming Fall/Winter classes and programs, registration dates are as follows:

  • Swimming & Aqua Fitness Programs: Registration starts Monday, August 11 at 9pm online and via telephone (613-580-2588), or in person during regular business hours on Tuesday, August 12.
  • All Other Recreation Programs: Registration begins on Wednesday, August 13 at 9pm online and via telephone (613-580-2588), or in person on Thursday, August 14 during regular business hours.

Due to the expected high volume of online registrations throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, residents may experience longer than usual wait times. To make sure the registration process goes smoothly, residents are encouraged to review the list of classes and registration procedures ahead of time and ensure they have a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number), which is required to register. Residents can now update their recreation account information online as the City continues to enhance its services available through ottawa.ca.

Carp Drive-In Movies

The Huntley Community Association has organized their very popular Carp Drive-In Movies again this summer at the Carp Fairgrounds with “Lego Movie” on August 13 and “Frozen” on August 27. Admission is $5/person. Showtime is at dusk, but come early for good seats and to enjoy treats at the canteen. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton Emergency Food Aid.

50% of the profits from the movies this year will go to the trust fund for Ewan Munro that has been set up at Scotiabank in Carp. Ewan, a grade 7 student at Huntley Centennial, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. He has undergone his first month of treatments and is likely facing up to three and a half years of further treatments. The trust fund will help his family to make ends meet and will provide Ewan with some extra comforts during this difficult time.

Huntley Community Association is looking for some more volunteers for movie nights (adult volunteers as well as parent/youth pairs). If interested, please send an email to Ingrid Hunt at ingrid.j.hunt@gmail.com. Note that all youth volunteers should bring their community service sheet with them so that it can be filled out for their school credits.

Riverfest at Pinhey's Point Historic Site

If you’re into the outdoors and love rivers, plan on attending Riverfest at Pinhey’s Point Historic site on Sunday, August 10 from 10am to 4pm. Take a Voyageur canoe ride, enjoy sailing demonstrations, be inspired by the heritage boats on display, learn about forgotten arts and trades and sit for a spell while you enjoy some live music. Don’t forget to stop by the heritage cooking demonstrations.

Dr. Barry Bruce teaching ChiWalking & ChiRunning

Ward 5’s very own awarding-winning family physician, Dr. Barry Bruce, is a senior certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking instructor. On August 16 and 17, he will be holding training sessions at Ottawa City Hall to teach these walking and running techniques.

ChiWalking and ChiRunning are rooted in the ancient practice of Tai Chi and currently hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from learning how to make walking and running easier and more enjoyable. For more details or to register for one of Dr. Bruce’s sessions please visit www.ChiLiving.com or email chiatcarp@wcfht.ca. Net proceeds from the training sessions will be split between the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.