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Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A Challenge: Support SWCHC

Have you made a donation to the Somerset West Community Health Centre capital campaign yet? The new branch at 30 Rosemount opens next month. This is the outcome of a longstanding campaign to improve access to front-line health care and social services in our neighbourhood. It took a lot of work to find the right . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: A Challenge: Support SWCHC

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A Challenge: Support SWCHC

Have you made a donation to the Somerset West Community Health Centre capital campaign yet? The new branch at 30 Rosemount opens next month. This is the outcome of a longstanding campaign to improve access to front-line health care and social services … . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A Challenge: Support SWCHC

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A new winter tradition?

Our friends at the GT Express are hosting a snowman-building contest in Parkdale Park this Saturday. Sounds like the beginning of a great new winter tradition. Here are the details. They are looking for pre-registration, so do let them know you’re… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A new winter tradition?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A new winter tradition?

Our friends at the GT Express are hosting a snowman-building contest in Parkdale Park this Saturday. Sounds like the beginning of a great new winter tradition.

Here are the details. They are looking for pre-registration, so do let them know you’re coming. we have a lot of kid shuffling on Saturday but hope to make . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: A new winter tradition?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Kringle and other holiday traditions

This Friday, come on down to the Hintonburg Community Centre for the HCA’s annual Kringle Event – kids get to spend some time with Santa, make some crafts, consume a treat or two. It’s a fun, free family event that takes place between 6 and 8pm (Sant… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Kringle and other holiday traditions

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Kringle and other holiday traditions

This Friday, come on down to the Hintonburg Community Centre for the HCA’s annual Kringle Event – kids get to spend some time with Santa, make some crafts, consume a treat or two. It’s a fun, free family event that takes place between 6 and 8pm (Santa arrives at 6:30). Bring a donation for the . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Kringle and other holiday traditions

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Gil’s Hootenanny, this May Day

Miss Vicky received the following announcement in her inbox, from fellow blogger Laurie Kingston. Gil was a great activist, trade unionist, researcher, and mentor. Can’t think of a better thing to do on May Day.

Gil’s Hootenanny, an evening of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”: May 1st at the Glebe Community Centre

Ottawa activist . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Gil’s Hootenanny, this May Day

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: More on Shopping Locally

I went into Collected Works the other day, to see if I could cross off a few items on my holiday shopping list. There’s still quite a lot left there, so if you need books, or nice notebooks, or cards, drop by and check it out. Cash is preferred; it saves them the processing fees. . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: More on Shopping Locally

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Handmade Halloween! This Sunday

Well, I have to say that part 1 of the two-part Handmade Halloween was a smashing success. There was a steady stream of families at the Hintonburg Community Centre all afternoon – and some amazingly creative masks, capes, wands, loot bags and decorations concocted. It is so wonderful to see what people can come up . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Handmade Halloween! This Sunday

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Handmade Hallowe’en Volunteer meeting!

Want to help out with Handmade Halloween in Hintonburg? There’s a volunteer meeting tomorrow – Saturday 29 – at Twiss & Weber, 177 Armstrong, 4pm. See you there?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Shaking things up in Hintonburg

One of the fantastic things about this neighbourhood: people who live here are incredibly dedicated to this community. They come up with really cool ideas and they just make them happen.

Take the recent food drive, organized by one of the many Hintonburg residents on twitter. Dawna saw a need when she noticed the shelves . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Shaking things up in Hintonburg

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Busy weekend!

So much stuff happening in the ‘hood this weekend! If I miss anything, feel free to add stuff in the comments.

Devonshire School’s annual Playground cleanup takes place on Saturday morning between 9am and 12pm. They will clean up both yards, work in the garden, protect the new trees in the junior yard… and have . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Busy weekend!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: April 28: Community Clean Up Day!

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) is the annual Community Cleanup Day in Hintonburg and Wellington Village. The BIA is sponsoring this year’s activities – sign up outside the GT or Red Chair Kids, bring rakes and garden gloves. Bags are provided. And have fun! It’s a great way for your family to give back to the . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: April 28: Community Clean Up Day!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: This Saturday: Rockin’ for a Good Cause

Somerset West Community Health Centre is holding a great event this Saturday night (April 21) to raise money for children’s summer programming in our area. The Rock N Blues Review is happening at the Bronson Centre, from 7pm onwards. For 20 bucks you get 3 bands, a cash bar featuring local Kichesippi Beer, plenty of . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: This Saturday: Rockin’ for a Good Cause

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Kitchen table talk: food in the schools

Here’s a really great event taking place Wednesday evening, for those interested in food policy and promoting healthy eating in our schools.

How do we create healthy school food environments for our kids?

You are invited to participate in a kitchen table talk about Creating Healthy School Food Environments in Ottawa.

Where: Credible Edibles 78 . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Kitchen table talk: food in the schools

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Question Period: The Musical

A little-known fact about Miss Vicky: she was once a musical theatre geek.

On second thought, that’s not particularly surprising, isn’t it?

Now my geeky instincts have pretty much transferred to politics, but once in a while there’s an opportunity to bring those two parts of Miss Vicky together.

Entre Question Period (The Musical!), . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Question Period: The Musical

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: SoHoHo — The Small Office/Home Office Holiday Party

Hey All, it’s the Webgeek here. I just wanted to tell you about a little shindig a few of us Work-from-home types are putting together.

When: Wednesday, December 14th, 4- 7 p.m. Where: Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West Who: You – if you work at home or a very small business / office . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: SoHoHo — The Small Office/Home Office Holiday Party

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Shop locally

The holidays are coming…. and with them, the craft shows.

The local craft show, however, has evolved somewhat since Miss Vicky moved to the neighbourhood. While you still find the traditional hand-knit slippers and crocheted toilet roll covers, there are some pretty amazing artists and artisans in the area, offering plenty of options for holiday . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Shop locally

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Help Hintonburger’s Move

So folks are pretty excited about Hintonburger’s expansion to KFC, right? Are you excited enough to help make sure the move is a success?

Come celebrate the move and find out more about their plans for the space (and maybe the bucket???) this Saturday at the Elmdale Tavern, between 4 and 7pm. There’ll be music, . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Help Hintonburger’s Move

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Yard Work Flash Mob! November 13

You know those flash mobs – where a bunch of folks show up in a public place and do something outrageous – like singing, dancing, or guerilla theatre – to the amusement and bemusement of passers-by? What if, instead of an ironic rendition of "… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Yard Work Flash Mob! November 13

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Cleaning up the ‘hood

The annual Fall Cleanup takes place tomorrow – Saturday, September 24. We’re starting a little earlier this year. You can register any time between 8:30 to 10:30am in the Community Centre, and the event will be followed by a BBQ at noon, sponsored by… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Cleaning up the ‘hood

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Taste of WelliWest

I just took a look at the plans for this weekend’s Taste of Wellington West. Whoa, has this event ever grown! I suppose it reflects changes in the mainstreet, but it also demonstrates the benefit of having an active BIA and a community that loves to … . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Taste of WelliWest

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Urban Craft Fair – Saturday!

Miss Vicky is pretty pumped about this weekend’s inaugural Urban Craft Market. It’s on Saturday at the GCTC from 10 to 2. This isn’t your one time deal. This will be a regular occurrence, on the first Saturday of every month, always featuring diff… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Urban Craft Fair – Saturday!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Last Movie night!

Tonight the last Hintonburg Movie night of the season! Head over to the Community Centure for Toy Story 2 at 7 and Ferris Bueller’s Day off at 9. Second show is outdoors -bring blankets or chairs. . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Last Movie night!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Samba night at McCormick Park!

Hintonburg’s great summer tradition returns to McCormic Park this Wednesday, August 10. Samba Ottawa will be offering up some fabulous percussive action, there will be snacks and lots of fun! Last year we brought G’s drum so he could play along with … . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Samba night at McCormick Park!