Summer camp time!

The Manotick Village and Community Association is hosting their Annual General Meeting on May 28th at 7:00pm at the Manotick Legion.  This will be an opportunity for members and non-members alike to learn more about their local community association and discover the good things they do in your community.  MVCA initiatives include Shiverfest, the Soapbox Derby and Picnic-in-the Park.  They also recently developed the “Keep it to 40km/h” road safety program aimed at raising speed limit awareness and promoting compliance.  I have been invited to speak at the AGM in my role as Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.  Of course, there will also be the opportunity for questions and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to speak.

In the meantime, don’t forget that Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House open this weekend, along with the Carriage Shed’s annual used book sale and the Manotick Farmers’ Market.  The season opening ceremony for Watson’s Mill will be at 11:30am on Saturday, May 16th. Dickinson House will ring in a new season by celebrating Queen Victoria’s Birthday on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2:00pm.  There will be cake and lemonade and an opportunity to see the special exhibit of 2015, “Tableware in Times Past”.  As always, admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

Win a Week of Summer Camp for Free

Register for a City of Ottawa summer day camp by June 1, 2015 and you could be one of 50 lucky campers to win your week’s cost back, up to a value of $250. All registrations received by this date will automatically be entered into the draw. The more camps you sign-up for, the more chances to win.

The City offers a great selection of camps for all ages and interests. Check out the half-day preschool camps, neighbourhood theme camps, aquatics, sports, and specialty and creative arts camps. Leadership camps for youth are also offered including some with placements providing a hands-on work experience.

Camps are available throughout the city, with enthusiastic and well-trained leaders. For a complete list of camps available and contest details, visit ottawa.ca/summer camps.

Local Summer Camps

If you are looking for local summer camps this summer, Parks & Recreation has the following to offer:

Just Incredible Kids Summer Camp is offered every week this summer at Greely, Metcalfe and Manotick. This camp is for ages 6-12 and offers out-trips, theme days and a chance to make new friends. Mont Cascade, Upper Canada Village, Museums and Funhaven are just a few of the out trips planned. Some of the theme days include Luau Party, CSI Day and Ooey Gooey, Slimy Concoction Day.

For children ages 4 & 5, On My Own Adventure is a full day camp offered every week at the Greely Community Centre. A few examples of the weekly themes are Animal Adventures, Creepy Crawlers, Squeaky Sneakers and Art Expo. Special guests are scheduled to visit each week and great on-site activities are planned.

Camp hours for these camps are 9:00am-4:00pm. Pre care from 7:30am-9:00am and post care from 4:00pm-5:30pm is included in the registration fee. Scheduled payments can be arranged for registrations greater than $300.00.

For more information on these camps, please contact:  613-580-2424 ext 30235 or OsgoodeRideauRecreation@ottawa.ca

Green Acres Reforestation Program

The City’s Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property.

Landowners must be rural property owners in Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation.

The Green Acres Program will provide landowners with:

  • Subsidized tree seedlings;
  • Advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan; and
  • Assistance caring for the trees after they are planted

The funding is provided to a maximum of 50 percent on a cost-shared basis. Applicants must contact the LandOwner Resource Centre to verify that the proposed project is located in the eligible area and meets the funding guidelines. For more information, contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-387-5304.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.