Out & About OldOut & About: December 22-28, 2017

Out & About: December 22-28, 2017

Out & About: December 22-28, 2017

Get Fit with Mrs. Canada at Rideau Centre, Dec 22

What if you finished 2017 investing in yourself in preparation to make 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR OF HEALTH AND FITNESS! Not a New Year resolution, but a transformational year that will enhance your life for many years to come. One of the biggest reason we sometimes don't convert our goals to reality is that we don't often give our goals their proper value, find ways to remain determined and committed while continuously remaining accountable. It sounds like a lot of handwork doesn't it? Who would want to do it alone? Not me! 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Free!

Handel's Messiah at the NAC, Dec 22

Messiah is an undisputed holiday favourite. Join Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra as you make it the high point of your Christmas season. 7:00 p.m.

Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa Drop-in Program at Orleans United Church, Dec 24

The Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa Drop-in will provide a space for girls on the Autism Spectrum and their parents to come together to socialize in a safe environment. There will be activities and opportunities for the girls to socialize as well as peer support for parents.

St. Matthew's Pageant & Choral Eurcharist at St. Matthew's Church, Dec. 24

St. Matthew’s youth and children are presenting the Nativity Play, based on the scriptures of St. Luke. The pageant will be presented at 5pm within the Christmas Eve Eucharist. Directed by Erin MacDonald, who works with the Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre and teaches acting to children, the cast includes actors and dancers from St. Matthew’s confirmation class and Sunday school classes. Appropriately, St. Matthew’s Children’s Choirs will be the Angelic Host. Kirkland Adsett is the musical director. The pageant service on Christmas Eve is a longstanding tradition, much loved by all ages. 130 Glebe Ave. near Bank St.

Walk the Lalpacas at Maple Hill Urban Farm, Dec 24

Walk a Lalpaca (cross between llama and alpaca) at Maple Hill Urban Farm. If you want to do something really different, then come take a walk with a pack of friendly lalpacas along a lovely, peaceful trail at our farm. Meet every lalpaca in the pack as you take turns switching animals until you’ve walked all four of our fascinating, personality-packed creatures

A Christmas Carol at NAC, until Dec. 24

It’s been over 170 years since the penny pinching yuletide grump quipped his first “humbug” in the timeless Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Bake by popular demand, Newfoundlander Andy Jones steps into the robes of the miser for multiple shows put on by the NAC English Theatre. Wander through snow-filled forests, smell the Christmas goose and figgy pudding, lift Marley’s ghostly chain… then take your seat for the NAC’s breathtaking production of the beloved classic.

Decoding E-Money - A new exhibition at the Bank of Canada Museum, Dec 25

It’s money that’s neither in your bank account nor in your wallet, but somewhere in between—and stored electronically. It’s e-money and it’s beginning to change the way we spend. Explore the ways we used to pay, the ways we pay now and how we might pay in the future in this dynamic new exhibition. FREE ADMISSION. Until April 22, 2018.

Solo Exhibition at Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Centre, Dec 25

View the vibrant and contemporary photo-based art of Findlay Creek Village artist Jessie Parker at her solo exhibition "Lightscapes: a Celebration". Thought provoking and unique, this collection of pieces is not to be missed. Exhibition is located in the Trinity Gallery on the ground floor of the Shenkman Centre until January, 2018.

Monday Night Blues with Robert Farrell at Daniel O'Connell's Irish Pub, December 25

Catch Robert Farrell on guitar performing a combination of Blues, Rock and originals with a sound that’s a mash up of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton and ZZ Top and added vocals as smooth as Sting. Shows every Monday from 8:30-10pm.

Trivia Tuesday at Mulligan's Golf Bar, December 26

Tuesday Night Trivia is back! Brought to you by FAQ Trivia, this free event will be hosted at Mulligan's Golf Bar every Tuesday from 7-9pm. From movies to music, from geography to history, candy slogans to the name of the metal part that attaches an eraser to a pencil, all subjects are fair game. Music rounds, video rounds and the infamous Question Zone will each make an appearance.

Holiday programming at Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Dec. 26 – Jan 7

Board a “rocket” and journey to a make believe planet at “Space Adventures: Exploring a New World” at the Aviation and Space Museum this holiday break. Make camp, experiment in the science lab, create an agricultural food supply and explore the landscape for elements and signs of life.

Downtown Ottawa Business Networking - Happy Hour at ByWard Market, Dec 26

Expand your circle, make worthwhile connections and create new opportunities for both yourself and your business at this free event in the center of downtown Ottawa. Interact with other local business owners, share referrals with likeminded professionals and gain help and support. Event runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne of Green Gables at the Kanata Theatre, Dec. 27-30

Everyone’s favorite rambunctious redhead has come from Avonlea to the Capital as Kanata Theatre stages L.M. Montgomery’s cherished classic Anne of Green. This new musical has been commissioned by the award-winning Theatreworks USA and is sure to introduce Anne to a new generation while bringing her back to delight those who continue to cherish her.

Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa, Dec. 27-31

Now that the NHL Classic has skated off it is time to hit the ice once again for the world’s premier tournament of young hockey players from Canada, U.S. and Europe. 3 days of exciting action will equal a whopping 1,000 hours of hockey that will also include the Scotiabank Canadian All Star Games, skills competitions and Esso FanFest! The perfect gift to end any hockey fan’s year!

Doris Lamontagne - "WATER" is us at Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, Dec 28

We’re made up of 60 percent water, right? This event at Ben Franklin Place couldn’t be more aptly named calling it Water Is Us! Here you will learn of why it should be a  necessity to get away from the daily grind and its routines in order to allow you time for reflection: the primordial need to be near water and to experience the fusion of time and environment. Free!

Shen Yun - Experience a Divine Culture, NAC, December 28 – 30

Those who have seen their colorful cultural cavalcade already know this is going to be an amazing show. Every year the Shen Yun performers bring a new program so there’s something for those who return and those seeing them for the first time. Watch as they weave a wondrous tapestry of enchanting scenes be they ancient legends or modern-day heroic tales via music and dance. It’s a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization!  

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, until January 6

Looking for somewhere merry and bright to get you in the festive spirit? The historic, postcard setting of Upper Canada Village is now dripping with almost a million lights for this holiday season! Dress warmly for a cozy outdoor walk through this magical, historic scene! Take a horse drawn wagon ride, shop at the Village Store, and enjoy the best winter wonderland around!

Skating on Parliament Hill, Dec 7-31

Lace up your skates and experience the magic of winter with free skating on the Canada 150 Rink with the backdrop of Parliament buildings illuminated by Christmas lights.

Christmas Lights Across Canada at Confederation Boulevard & Parliament Hill, until January 7

Beavertails and hot chocolate await you for an illuminating evening on the Hill. The night is set to be lit up as the annual festive feast for the eyes casts the Parliament Buildings and Confederation Boulevard in a colourful glow. This year there is an added bonus with the opening of the new rink on the Hill so get your skates ready!

Moments From 150 Years Ago at Canadian Museum of History, until January 28

As Canada’s sesquicentennial draws to a close, travel back 150 years relive what shaped us. From an ambrotype featuring a honeymooning couple at Niagara Falls, to a popular carte de visite depicting a lacrosse team from Kahnawá:ke — this exhibition offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Canadians 150 years ago.

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