Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Events

I cannot believe it's June, 4 weeks left of school, EQAO testing for grade 3s, reno hopefully done by end of month...

Friday, June 4th - Woodroffe Avenue Public School's Annual Spring Fling and Book Sale from 4:30 to 8 pm at 235 Woodroffe Avenue.  This event has everything covered.  We've seen the sign before but never gone in but this time I'm reading more about it....They will have pony rides, moonbounce (which is...?) bouncy obstacle course, bouncy slide, spinner ride, cotton candy, snocones, a bbq from 5-7, carnival games, face painting, tattoos (I assume not real), the surprise jar table (??) a bake sale, a book sale and some live demonstrations!!!  Whew, now I will take a breath.  We might need to check this one out!

Marmaduke released in theatres (PG, for some rude humour and language)

Friday and Saturday, June 4-5 - Devonshire Public School at 100 Breezehill Avenue in Hintonburg will be hosting a used book sale along with (on Friday night) a silent auction, BBQ, bake sale and live entertainment.  The sale will be open on Friday from 3:30 - 8 pm and on Saturday from 9 -12 and there will be thousands of books to choose from.

Doors Open Ottawa - June 5th and 6th - this is my absolute must-do pick for this weekend.  For a list of local locations and photos see my post from May 28th  at http://kitchissippikids.blogspot.com/2010/05/looking-ahead-to-doors-open-ottawa-june.html.
I've scoped the locations and the best bet is to start at the Ukrainian Church, on to the Maplelawn (Keg) Manor and Garden, St. Francis D'Assise, Lemieux Island and then down to the Standard Bread Company and Public Works (or do it in reverse).  If you need to cut that in half do either the first four or the last three.  Don't miss Lemieux Island - it's not open often.

For a list of all locations that are said to be best for children see http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/heritage/doorsopen/kids_en.html.  There was a guide in the May 29th Citizen and guides should also be available at Bridgehead locations throughout the city.  Most Doors Open locations are open both days from 10-4 but there are a reasonable number of exceptions so check the guide before you head out. 

My other further-afield picks from the kids' list are Sun-Tech Tomatoes together with Watsons Mill in Manotick (see my blog posts on these from 2 weeks ago), the Diefenbunker, the OCTranspo Walkely O-Train maintenance facility and the Ottawa Mail Processing Plant.

Saturday, June 5th - the 2nd annual Wild Westboro Garage Sale will be held from 8 - 11 outside (around the pool) at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Avenue.  For more information visit http://www.westborovillage.ca/  Unfortunately, the 16th annual Music in the Park featuring local school bands has been CANCELLED due to the rainy forecast. 

Monday, June 7th from 10:30-11:30 am - "Balancing School, Life and Family" is put on by Canadian Mothercraft at the Bethany Hope Centre, 1140 Wellington Street West, contact Cathy Cadieux at (613) 728-1839 x0
Friday, June 11 - "Karate Kid" released in theatres (PG for some bullying, martial arts violence and mild language)

Friday - Sunday, June 11 13 - WESTFESTWhat more can I say?  Just don't forget about it!  LOTS to do for parents and kids alike.  If it's a hot day take children early on before it gets too hot and crowded and have some food and drink with you in case line-ups are long at lunchtime.  For more information check out http://www.westfest.ca/

Friday, June 18th from 10:30-2:30 - come and celebrate Aborignial Day at Dovercourt with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre.  This event was very enjoyable last year and suitable for all ages.  Learn about aboriginal culture,  listen to storytelling, enjoy the drumming and dancing and sample aboriginal food together with face painting, games & activities.

Friday, June 18th - Toy Story 3 released in theatres - 3D and IMAX

Saturday, June 19th - City beaches - including our own lovely Westboro beach - officially open and will be liveguarded, though do always check the water quality in advance.

Saturday, June 26th - the Teddy Bear's Picnic at Rideau Hall in support of CHEO.  If you have a child who cares for a stuffed animal with "medical issues" support this excellent cause, complete with a  M*A*S*H* style care centre for the soft and cuddly among us.  For more information visit http://www.cheofoundation.com/tbp-2010.cfm.  It can get busy so I recommend going early (as I do with everything) and take some of your snacks.  The mini train ride can get particularly lined-up.