Column: November 26, 2018

8th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive – My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre kicks off today! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection will continue until December 21. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

Collection for Savvy Seconds – My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear for Savvy Seconds. Savvy Seconds presently has a very large inventory of used clothing. However, they are in desperate need of new socks and new underwear. To assist them, I am asking residents to drop off donations of new socks and new underwear (must be packaged). All sizes are welcome. (Any underwear not packaged will be discarded). Drop off can be done Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family and is located at the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone in need of clean, gently used clothing can make an appointment to see the current inventory. For more information on this volunteer-run organization, please call 613-240-8644.

Public Meeting: Conserve our Carp Hills – Please join Ducks Unlimited Canada and representatives from the City of Ottawa and Friends of the Carp Hills, for an important public meeting happening on Tuesday, November 27, 7pm, at the Carp Mess Hall, 2240 Craig Side Rd. The Carp Hills are a rare and beautiful slice of nature right in our own backyard. Ducks Unlimited has acquired 440 acres of the conservation land, adjacent to the Crazy Horse Trail. Your feedback and ideas are needed to help determine the best ways of conserving and managing this area so everyone can continue to enjoy its wilderness and wildlife for generations to come.

Carp Farmers' Market Christmas Market – The Carp Farmers' Market is holding their Christmas Market on Friday, November 30 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 8am to 2pm. There will be a wide variety of local products and produce available, with over 75 local vendors. The Farmers' Market will be collecting non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, so please bring along a couple of items to help support local families in need this holiday season. For further details, please go to carpfarmersmarket.ca.

Constance Bay Christmas Parade and Christmas Market/One-Of-A-Kind Sale – The CBBCA is holding their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 1. The floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 10am start. The parade will run along Bayview Drive to Len Purcell Drive and will end at the community centre for hot dogs, Santa and hot chocolate. Make sure to bring non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Also, be sure to check out the Constance Bay Community Market's Christmas Market happening inside the community centre. The Constance Bay Community Market is once again partnering with the CBBCA to host a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with Santa Day in The Bay. The market runs from 10am to 3pm, giving visitors time to shop for unique and special gifts with over 30 vendors both before and after the parade. Visitors can expect an variety of products and services at the Christmas Market including: preserves, maple syrup, honey & beeswax products, natural soap & body products, photography, an array of practical to whimsical hand-crafted items including jewelry, fabric, yarn, needle & bead crafts, cards and party supplies, painting and woodwork, slime and stress toys, and tie-dye t-shirts. Those looking to satisfy their cravings can choose from Thai food, decadent baking & goodies and fresh roasted coffee.

$100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale – The West Carleton Arts Society is holding their popular $100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale Friday, November 30 (2-8pm), Saturday, December 1 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, December 2 (11am to 4pm). The sale is happening at St. Paul's United Church at 3760 Carp Road. All arts and crafts are selling for under $100. For more information visit westcarletonartssociety.ca.

Breakfast With Santa hosted by Kinburn Fire Station 61 – The firefighters of Station 61 in Kinburn are hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Kinburn Community Centre on December 2 from 10am to 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a hot breakfast with options ranging from $5 to $10. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, as well as an opportunity to get photos taken with Santa from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All proceeds will go to Station 61 and the Kinburn Community Association to support community events.