The final mid-term town hall and Christmas events everywhere!

Christmas is fast approaching and there is no shortage of exciting Christmas events all over Rideau-Goulbourn.  Watson’s Mill in Manotick is hosting a Christmas Market this weekend and next and the North Gower Farmers Market is also hosting their Christmas Market on December 1st at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Complex.  In Richmond, December 1st also marks the annual date for the Santa Claus Parade as well as the lighting of the park in the evening.  On that same date, Ashton Christ Church hosts their Christmas Bake Sale which is easily one of the best bake sales in the City, they open at 10am.  On Sunday, December 2nd, Munster gets in on the Christmas fun with a family friendly event at the Munster Community Centre.  Come out to the MCC between 3:30 and 5:30pm for crafts, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus.  Stick around until the end because we’ll be lighting the park at 5:30pm.

In non-Christmas related events, I am pleased to attend the Grand Opening of the brand new King’s Independent Grocer in Richmond.  This event takes place on Friday, November 30th at 9:00am.  This new grocery store is located in the new Richmond Marketplace at the corner of Perth Street & Shea Road.

Scott sharing information with the residents of Richmond in one of the first of the mid-term Town Halls.Mid-Term Town Hall: Rural Stittsville

Since the middle of September, I have been hosting Mid-Term Town Halls throughout Rideau-Goulbourn.  Originally, we scheduled ten meetings in Kars, Richmond, Burritt’s Rapids, Manotick, Fallowfield Village, Ashton, North Gower, Beckett’s Landing, Munster & Country Club Village.  After all of these were announced, we added an eleventh meeting at the Goulbourn Town Hall.  This Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, November 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, to focus on the areas surrounding Stittsville that fall in Rideau-Goulbourn.  Having already hosted ten Town Hall meetings, these have been a great opportunity to get out and speak with the communities I have the privilege to represent.  Thank you to everyone who has attended the meetings held so far and I look forward to seeing more residents on the 28th.

Para Transpo: Planning for the Future

Para Transpo will hold two stakeholder consultation sessions on Tuesday, December 11 on the renewal of the Para Transpo fleet and advance booking.  Para Transpo is about to initiate a procurement process aimed at replacing its fleet of buses, which are nearing the end of their life cycle. In addition, as identified in the City’s Older Adult Plan, Para Transpo is reviewing its advance booking procedures to identify the impact of increasing the flexibility of the system. Currently, customers can only make their casual bookings one day in advance.

The goal of the stakeholder consultation sessions is to ensure that the experience, opinions and recommendations of Para Transpo customers are understood and considered during the vehicle procurement process and the review of the booking process. The sessions will include a presentation by City staff and round-table discussions to gather customers’ comments and feedback on both issues.

Interested participants are asked to register by November 28 online at octranspo.com. You can also register by calling 613-842-3636, ext. 2652 (TTY 613-244-4833) or by faxing a completed registration form to 613-244-4329.

Christmas Jubilee Concert

The Goulbourn jubilee Singers and Junior Jubilee’s 35th Anniversary Concert, “Christmas Jubilee”, will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm.  There will also be a matinee on Sunday December 9 at 1:30pm. Both concerts will be held at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata. Specially selected choral pieces will celebrate the choir’s 35th Anniversary, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Christmas Season. To celebrate and give back to the community, all tickets are $5.00.  Please call 613-825-3357, or www.gjsingers.com for more information.  You can also find more at www.facebook.com/GJSingers.

Manotick Cooperative Nursery School Online Christmas Auction

Get your Christmas shopping done early!  The Manotick Cooperative Nursery School is holding their annual online auction November 29 - December 2.  Many items, gift certificates and services have been donated by local businesses and nursery school parents and are being auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Some of the items being auctioned are museum passes, spa gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, theatre tickets, gift baskets, and much more!  To see a complete list of items and how to bid, please visit www.manoticknurseryschool.ca.   All proceeds go to support both the Manotick and Riverside South Cooperative Nursery Schools.

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