The Tempest in Our Park! – July 8

Heads Up and Save the Date!

A Company of Fools returns to Champlain Park this summer.

Date: Friday July 8, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Play: Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Bring your own chairs, your snacks and drinks, family and friends. The actors request that you pay what you can in cash when they pass the hat at the end of the play. We welcome them back to our park on the 32nd anniversary of their outdoor summer entertainment program in City of Ottawa parks!

[Colourful wooden two story set with actors]

From The Fools: A shipwreck. A deserted island. A man with a 12 year-old grudge. Betrayal. Revenge. Magic. And a little bit of power imbalance thrown in for good measure.
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Amy (Kempster) Steele Life Celebration – May 20

A Celebration of Life for Amy (Steele) Kempster will take place at 11:00 am Friday, May 20 at Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry, Central Chapel, 315 McLeod St.

Followed by a reception. About 1:30 pm family and friends will leave for the Auld KirK Cemetery in Almonte.

Visitation from 6-8pm, Thursday, May 19. A notice will appear in the Citizen on Saturday.

https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/amy-steele-1085186955

There will be live-streaming which is accessed by going to the Hulse Playfair & McGarry website. https://www.hpmcgarry.ca/

Thanks,

Linda


Also see https://www.hpmcgarry.ca/memorials/amy-steele/4830435/index.php and our own https://champlainpark.org/2022/01/18/the-passing-of-amy-steele-kempster/

Naturehood Bird Walk Change – May 17

Naturehood Bird Walk – Tuesday, May 17

Please note that our start location has changed for this week. We will be meeting by the pollinator garden at the north end of Carleton Avenue, where it meets Pontiac Street, at the usual 7:00 am. This week promises to bring some new arrivals to the woods on the coming southerly winds. See you there!

Jennifer (jen@spiritwalkers.ca)

Tree Givaway, Concert, Summer Camp – May 13+

Ecology Ottawa Tree Giveaway + Stephen Lewis Foundation Fundraising Plant Sale

Friday, May 13 – 10am – 1pm
30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)

Ecology Ottawa is embarking on their largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history, and we’re involved!
Help re-plant Ottawa’s urban forest by picking up one of 20,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes on your private property.
Visit FirstU, at 30 Cleary, on May 13th to pick up a FREE baby tree for your yard

PLUS

You can pick up some by-donation perennials for your garden while you’re here, and help the Unitarian GoGos raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The plant sale runs from Friday at 9am through to Sunday at 2pm. Stop by any time!


Choral Concert: The Road Home

Saturday, May 14 – 4pm
In Person at 30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)
By Donation at the Door – $15 Suggested

FirstU’s singers are so excited to be home again and presenting “The Road Home”, our first concert in over two years!
Join us on Saturday, May 14 at 4pm for an hour-long live, in person performance featuring our contemporary Fusion ensemble, our Three Rivers Singers women’s ensemble, and our Chalice Choir, presenting music about community, resilience, and finding home.

Please Note: You must be fully vaccinated to enter our building and masks are required for attendees.


OWL Summer Camp – Registration Open!

July 4 – 8 (9am-4pm, daily)
$75 per child for the week – subsidies available upon request

Good news! First Unitarian is running OWL Summer Camp for both 10-11 year-olds AND 12-14 year-olds this July!

OWL day camp includes all the usual Summer Camp fun – art, games, and getting active outdoors – plus workshops that focus on “Our Whole Lives” topics like body image, consent education, cultivating healthy peer-to-peer relationships, and building communication skills.

More information is available here: https://www.firstunitarianottawa.ca/owl.html
Contact owl@firstunitarianottawa.ca to register your kids for camp.
Please Note: There is a mandatory information session for parents and caregivers.

The Champlain Park Environment Team Needs YOU!

The ‘green season’ is upon us and we need your help to care for and advance the environmental work we’re doing in our neighbourhood. We’ve got activities that suit all ages, physical / skill ability ranges, and energy levels! If you like ‘low tech’, and love trees, then we’ve got what you’re looking for.

All you have to do is register with us (https://champlainpark.org/environteers/) and then you will be free to work when you want, on any project we’ve got, for as long as you like – 5 mins or 5 weeks, we have a spot for you!

We’ll provide the coordination, an orientation session, and a ‘report back’ contact so we can track what is getting done. It’s almost too easy!

Some activities planned for this season in Champlain Woods and Champlain Park include:

  • ‘Adopt a Tree’ care program (May/June-spongy moth countermeasures featuring the ‘burlap wrap’ in the Park)
  • Invasive plant species control (garlic mustard, baby buckthorn, Japanese knotwood, dog strangling vine, etc)
  • Insect pest patrol and general care of new planting sites and the pollinator garden
  • New tree planting projects

To get involved, just go to the “Environ-teer Registration” link noted above. Once registered you will begin receiving notices about orientation sessions, work party updates, and any tasks that may require immediate attention. From that point, you are free to chip-in to our projects when you’re able.

Minors are welcome to participate – parental/guardian permission and supervision are currently required at the time/location of participation.

We look forward to seeing you. Have a great summer!

Ottawa Fly Fishers Swap Meet – May 5

From that comment from the organizer, it looks like it has been moved from the 3rd to the 5th due to weather…


The Ottawa Fly Fishing Society is having a members swap meet and social evening on Tuesday, May 3rd.

It’s in Champlain Park at the fieldhouse (and outside so they have space to test equipment), from 6pm to 8:30pm or full dark. Neighbourhood people are welcome too.

https://ottawaflyfishers.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/ottawaflyfisherssociety

[Round Logo with a feather and fish hook in the middle]

Naturehood Club

From the drumming of the majestic Pileated Woodpecker to the flowering of the dainty Trout Lily in early spring, the Champlain Park naturehood abounds with an abundance of plants, fungi and animals living out their lives just outside your door.

Join the Naturehood community and discover some of your wild neighbours while connecting with other local nature-lovers. Outings will be announced on the website, listserv and Facebook page. All are welcome!

Feel free to contact Jennifer if you have expertise to share and are interested in leading an outing (jen@spiritwalkers.ca)

UPCOMING OUTINGS

Spring Bird Walks

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Herongate Call for Gardening Donations – March 20

Our environment people work on the “bring your own tools” model for our projects (we don’t have storage space), but we do welcome donations of soil, rocks, leaves in the fall, money, etc. to Champlain Park projects. However, we’re happy to encourage the Herongate people in their gardening work, so if you have some extra old tools…


Subject: Call for gardening donations
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:35:51 +0000 (UTC)
From: Herongate Tenant Coalition <herongatetc@gmail.com>
To: Champlain Park Community Association <champlainpark@gmail.com>

Dear Champlain Park Community Association,
Please share far and wide with your members in Ottawa!

Do you have gardening supplies like tools, stakes, or seeds lying around you aren’t using anymore? Support Herongate gardeners by dropping off gardening supplies on Sunday, March 20th between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the corner of Baycrest Drive and Cedarwood Drive.
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Talk on Depaving, Building a Forest and Pollinator Garden – March 10

Thursday, March 10th – Daniel Buckles, of Champlain Park, will outline how the community turned a paved street into a model forest and a pollinator garden. The project won the 2020 award from the Society for Organic Urban LandCare in recognition of its benefits to local wildlife, the urban forest and public engagement.

[Pollinator Garden June 24, 2021]

Join the Riverview Park Community Association on Zoom for a virtual presentation from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on the date shown above. Each presentation will be followed by a short Q & A. To attend, please register by sending a message to forpgsottawa@gmail.com A link to the Zoom meeting will be mailed out to all registered participants a day before each session.


Their community association: https://riverviewparkca.com/
FORPGS stands for Friends of Riverview Park Green Spaces. They’re on Facebook.
The event was also mentioned in the Riverview Park Review – February 2022.

[Pontiac street rubble and stone dug up, ready for planting a small forest]