Friday, 17 February 2017

City of Ottawa Museums - February

Beat the Winter Blues at Your Local Museums


Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.


On the last Saturday afternoon of every month, kids aged 3 to 10 and their families are invited to become Saturday Explorers. Drop by the Nepean Museum to play games, make crafts, and even touch some authentic artefacts as we learn about a different topic each month. This February, we'll be cooking up a storm as we try out some pioneer recipes. 


Keep busy this February with fun programs at Billings Estate National Historic Site. On Friday mornings, kids aged 3 to 5 and their parents are invited to Preschool Playdates, where we'll explore a variety of themes through fun games and interactive activities. On Saturday mornings, 8- to 10-year-olds can put down the tablet and smartphone and get their hands dirty as we try out different recipes with Campfire Cooking in the great outdoors. Registration is required for both these programs, so please contact us to reserve your spot!


The groundhog may say that spring is on the way, but why not make the most of winter while it's still here? Come out to Pinhey's Point Historic Site for Snowshoeing Under the Stars on Friday, February 17, or Friday, March 10. On February 26 or March 12, bring the kids and come out into the fresh air for some Sunday Snowshoeing. Space and snowshoes are limited, so be sure to contact us.

Artefact Showcase


  Do you have all your gear ready for hockey season? This leather hockey helmet once belonged to a local resident and was used while he played hockey for his high school team around 1944. Safety equipment may have changed slightly since then, but the love of the game still remains a part of our culture. You can see this helmet, along with other winter sports artefacts from the City of Ottawa Museums' collections at Ottawa City Hall during Winterlude this year.

Check us out at Winterlude


Planning on heading downtown for Winterlude this Sunday? Be sure to stop by Ottawa City Hall and visit with staff from the City of Ottawa Museums who will be on site to chat about how winter, and winter sports in particular, have always played an important role in Ottawa's history. Share your favourite winter memory with us, examine some winter artefacts up close, and check out vintage sports equipment from days past.

Did You Know?


Did you know that the growing number of families (and especially the growing number of children) in Ottawa after the Second World War had a direct impact on our city's layout today? In the 1950s, new developments in neighbourhoods like Barrhaven, Craig Henry, and even Kanata were the first to be formally planned for families, with parks, shopping areas, and recreation centres all located within reasonable distance from most homes. Learn more interesting facts about your city with our special exhibition, "Ottawa through the Eyes of the Community" coming to Ottawa City Hall, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Nepean Museum, and Pinhey's Point Historic Site in May.

Looking for a Summer Job? We're Hiring!


Do you, or does someone you know, want to help us bring history to life for our visitors? If you've completed your second year of college or university, you can apply to be a Heritage Leader at one of the City of Ottawa Museums this summer. Not a student? Take a look at our other opportunities like Heritage Specialist and Customer Service Representative.

Need Community Volunteering Hours?


Do you know a high school student looking to get a head start on their Community Volunteering Hours for graduation? The City of Ottawa Museums have lots of different opportunities to volunteer at different locations this summer and fall – from helping to showcase our city's architecture during Doors Open Ottawa, to helping families with old-fashioned crafts and games, there are many options to choose from. Please send us an email to find out more. 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Next QTSRCA Meeting - February 13th

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview Community Association (QTSRCA) will be holding our next monthly meeting on February 13th, 7:30-9:00 and you are welcome to join us.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is available at this link.

When: February 13th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Great Backyard Bird Count and QTSRCA Photo Contest

Join us for the 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count from February 17-20, 2017

QTSRCA Photo Contest

Take a photo of any bird you see between February 17th and 20th. Submit your photo to www.facebook.com/qtsrca/ or @QTSRCommunity before February 22nd. One entry will be randomly drawn to win a birding prize package.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Join in! Count birds in your backyard, local park, or wherever you spot a bird, and submit your observations online at birdcount.org

How to Count the Birds:

1.       Count birds anywhere you like.  We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes – or even longer if you wish.  Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and how long you watched.

2.       Make your best estimates of how many birds you saw of each species.  For example, 5 Northern Cardinals, 3 American Crows.  Huge flocks may be a challenge, but your best guess is still valuable.

3.       Enter your list(s) online at BirdCount.org.  Put in a new checklist:

a.       For each new day

b.      For each different location

c.       For the same location, same day, if you counted at a different time of day

Great Backyard Bird Count and QTSRCA Photo Contest Poster

Great Backyard Bird Count Instructions

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

City of Ottawa February Events

March Break Adventures for Kids


March 13 to 17 offers a perfect opportunity to try something new, improve your sports skills and make new friends at the many day camps across the city. Days filled with physical activity, games, songs, crafts and special events, guarantee there will be no boredom in this city. Our qualified and certified staff are busily planning for exciting times in March.
 

Winterlude Activities: February 3 to February 20


Don't let the cold keep you indoors! Winterlude is back and bigger than ever with new and expanded events to celebrate Canada's 150th!

Explore the ice sculptures in the Crystal Garden at Confederation Park, skate the state-of-the-art refrigerated Sens Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall and, of course, enjoy a delicious local favourite; Beavertails. 

Spring and Summer Recreation Guides


City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Culture Services programs are divided by language of instruction into two guides: the Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs. Both will be available in PDF format online beginning Wednesday, February 22.

Registration Starts Soon!


Swimming and Aquafitness Programs 

Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Monday, March 6 at 9 pm.
In-Person Registration on Tuesday, March 7 during regular business hours.

All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps 

Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Wednesday, March 8 at 9 pm.
In-Person Registration on Thursday, March 9 during regular business hours.

What you need to know for registration.

Call for Artists - Young at Art 2017


No better time than now to enter your artwork for Young at Art 2017! Participate in this citywide juried art exhibition for a chance to exhibit your work and be recognized. Application forms are now available online! For latest updates and everything you need to know visit ottawa.ca/youngatart.
 

 

Breeze through frosty winter days with specialized arts courses and workshops


Spend your time in our studios and put January behind you. It's not too late to register for classes at NVAC and NCAC.  Many classes and workshops to choose from, like Altered Images: Photo Transfer, Clay Wheel, Dundun Dance, and more! 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Hello Neighbours,

We are going to be holding a skating party at our community ice rink on Saturday, January 28th from 2-4pm and we are looking for volunteers to help out with the event.

We need volunteers for the following tasks:
  • Setting up the refreshment table
  • Helping out at the refreshment table
  • Clean-up / tear-down
If you are interested in volunteering, send us an email at qtsrcommunity@gmail.com 

Looking forward to seeing you on the rink!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

City of Ottawa Museum Events - January 2017

Warm Up at Your Local Museums This Winter


Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.


Calling all explorers! Kids between 3 and 10 years old are invited to come to the Nepean Museum on the last Saturday afternoon of every month to explore the fascinating history of Nepean through fun hands-on games, crafts, and activities. There'll be a new theme every month; in January we'll take a look at the history of photography and even make a pinhole camera.

Make New Friends this PA Day


Looking for something fun to do on the January 30 PA Day? Come out to Billings Estate National Historic Site or the Nepean Museum for some winter fun! Kids aged 6 to 10 will discover how people kept warm and entertained themselves in the winters of the past. At Billings Estate National Historic Site, we'll look at some real artefacts, play games outside, do some painting, and bake a tasty treat. At Nepean Museum, we'll do some snowshoeing, make a vintage stereoscope, and play with some old fashioned toys. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.


Preschool Play Dates are back at Billings Estate National Historic Site this winter! On Fridays in February and March from 10 am to 11 am, children aged 3 to 5 and their parents can meet up and play in a fun and historic environment. In February, preschoolers will learn about the four seasons, animal tracks, hibernating animals, and winter birds. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.
 


Enjoy the fresh air as you join us for Snowshoeing under the Stars and Sunday Snowshoeing at picturesque Pinhey's Point Historic Site. We'll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Snowshoeing Under the Stars takes place on January 27, February 17, and March 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm and our new family Sunday Snowshoeing takes place on January 29, February 26, and March 12 from 10 am to 12 noon. Space and snowshoes are limited, so please contact us for more information.


Gather around the campfire at Billings Estate National Historic Site and make traditional recipes on Saturday mornings this February. Children aged 8 to 10 are invited to learn more about the history of cooking and the Billings family while playing games, exploring the site and checking out some authentic cooking artefacts. We'll try out different recipes every week, including pioneer bannock bread, Victorian snickerdoodles, and lumberjack pancakes. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.

Our Museums are on the Road!


The City of Ottawa Museums are on the move this winter, bringing history to life for residents of Ottawa. Come see us at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday, February 4 as part of FĂȘte Frissons, where we'll be talking about ice harvesting on the Ottawa River. You can even try out some antique ice tongs for yourself! If you make it to City Hall during Winterlude, be sure to stop by and say hi to our staff who will be on hand on Sunday, February 5, 12, and 19 to show families what life was like during Ottawa winters of the past through games, crafts, and hands-on activities. 

Artefact Showcase


  This soup tureen is part of the City of Ottawa Museums archaeology collection and was one of many artefacts uncovered and preserved during the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project. This tureen was found on the former site of the Levi Young house, located on Lloyd Street right across from where the Canadian War Museum is now. The house was built in the 1870s and occupied until 1901, when it was used as a foundry. You can see more artefacts just like this one in the upcoming archaeology exhibition at Ottawa City Hall.

Archaeology Exhibition at City Hall


A special exhibition will be coming soon to the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall. The exhibition will feature a selection of archaeological objects from the of the City of Ottawa Museums artefact collection, many on display for the first time. These found treasures from Ottawa's history will paint a picture of the city's history and tell the stories of those who came before us. Keep following this newsletter to find out more as work on this exhibition continues.

Planning a Summer Event?


Do you know someone who got engaged over the holiday season? Are you planning a corporate picnic or family reunion this summer? Why not consider one of the City of Ottawa Museums for your next event? Our museums offer modern conveniences in a heritage atmosphere, each with a different flavour. You and your guests can sit in the apple orchard at Fairfields Heritage House, admire the gardens at Billings Estate National Historic Site, take photos of all the rustic heritage buildings at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, or take in the breathtaking views of the Ottawa River at Pinhey's Point Historic Site. For more information about rentals at our museums, please contact us.

New Year, New Opportunities


If you've made a resolution to give back to your community this year, consider volunteering with the City of Ottawa Museums. We've got a wide selection of different opportunities all across the city, from working with our artefact collection to helping out at our popular special events. Please contact us to learn more.

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