Column: Upcoming Winter Festivals

Feeling down and upset because you don’t have tickets to the NHL All-Star Game this weekend?  Don’t be!  Look no further than Manotick Shiverfest to fill the void and make you ask "NHL All-Star Game?  What NHL All-Star Game?!"  Shiverfest begins Friday night with events throughout the weekend and wrapping up with the one of a kind and ultra challenging trivia event at The Mill Tavern Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!

Coming up in a couple weeks is the annual Munster Winter Carnival, a great event run by a tremendous crew of dedicated volunteers.  I’ll share more about that event next week but until then, why not check out another winter carnival just down the road.

Not to be outdone, next weekend marks the 50th North Gower Winter Carnival.  Friday, February 3rd (also known as the day I turn 31), come out and enjoy a spaghetti/shepherd's pie supper from 4:30 and 7:00pm followed by the wonderful talent show.  The outdoor rink is also open Friday evening so bring your skates and the whole family out as well.

Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Facility followed by a day jammed with entertainment.  From the snowmobile rally, sleigh rides, and tobogganing to Junkyard Symphony, local comedian Paul Mussell, and Prairie Oyster’s Keith Glass, there is something for everyone at the North Gower Winter Carnival.

Some of the proceeds from the various events, including the pancake breakfast, go directly toward purchasing fireworks for the annual Canada Day celebrations in North Gower.  For the full schedule of events, visit www.northgower.ca.

Civic Events Funding
Local not-for-profit organizations such as volunteer-based community or recreation associations are invited to apply for funding to provide one to two-day civic events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion. These events are linked to and celebrate a civic/statutory holiday in Ontario (i.e. New Year’s Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day), are held in a specific geographic district in Ottawa, and encompass a broad range of activities and family entertainment. Program Deadline: March 5, 2012

Registration for March Break programming now open
The City of Ottawa invites residents to register for March Break programs. From crafts to sports, the City has many activities for your family during the week of March 12-16 in recreation and culture facilities, pools and arenas.

You can register online, by phone at 613-580-2588, or in person at any Client Service Centre or recreation facility.

For more information on March Break programs, please visit

Fourth Annual Hockey Day in Ottawa
On Saturday, February 11, lace up your skates and take to one of the City's outdoor rinks for a sunny Saturday afternoon of fun. Enjoy a game of pickup hockey, skating, and physical fitness while showing support for your community volunteers who work hard all winter to maintain your local rinks.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time:
1 to 3 p.m.
Location:
Your local City of Ottawa outdoor rink

The City reminds residents to dress appropriately for the weather and strongly recommends the use of helmets and applicable safety equipment.

Come on Ottawa, let’s show the rest of Canada what a city that embraces winter and lives and breathes hockey really looks like!

Any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or you can always reach my office by phone at 613-580-2491.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ScottMoffatt21.

Zumba Fitness Classes
Just a correction to last week’s column; Zumba classes continue in 2012 at the Kars RA Centre, not North Gower as previously mentioned.  Classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm and are $10/class or $80/10 classes.  Contact Kirsten at 613-857-4589 for more info.

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Any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or you can always reach my office by phone at 613-580-2491.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ScottMoffatt21.

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