Old Ottawa South Community Association

The Kickstand Sessions: Dutch and Danish Bicycle Planning for Future Cities

Two-Day Professional Training Session on Bicycle-Friendly and People-Friendly Cities

kickstandBicycle-friendly cities are people-friendly cities. Building a city that accommodates the bicycle means building an economically viable, sustainable and socially vibrant city.

This November and December, a team of internationally known experts from The Netherlands, Denmark, Canada and the United States are traveling across North America with an innovative training program called "The Kickstand Sessions".

Customized training sessions take European expertise and an understanding of North American context to develop solutions that suit the unique characteristics of each city. Trainers coach participants to discover local solutions in planning, policy, culture and marketing which will permit people of all ages, abilities, genders and ethnicities to bicycle more often.


Shop Your Local Talent Christmas Craft Show

tree 150OSCA presents a unique opportunity at the Firehall: to indulge in one-of-a-kind holiday shopping on Sunday, November 25, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm
The Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue , with creations from over 30 local artists and artisans. Featuring jewelry, paintings, holiday cards, baked goods, knitting, quilting, bath items, photography, and more.

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm
The Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue
Free Admission

For more information, call 613-247-4946 or check out our Facebook page for additional details.


Cool Cats Cardboarding‏

OSCA families celebrated the International Cardboard Challenge and the Global Day of Play on Saturday Oct. 6, 2012 with this special last-minute event at the Firehall aptly organized by Rebekka Roy. 

cardboard-challenge-1In an era where parents are competing with ipods, television, movies and computers for entertainment, the cardboard box seems much too simplistic as a tool for family play. I know that, as a stay-at-home mom of two with a small home business, “plugging” my three year old into TVO kids for even 30 minutes can be a sanity saver. Enter the story of 9 year old Caine Monroy and his inspiring video about his cardboard arcade and the brilliance of being unplugged. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the movie or visit www.cainesarcade.com, I would encourage you to bring a tissue and check it out.


The Night Circus: Sat. Nov. 17 8pm til Midnight

night circus A reminder, there are only a few tickets left for our annual special event. On sale at the Firehall, or here, online under Registration.

Come one, come all, to another magical evening, “The Night Circus”! An old fashioned 19th-century circus inspired by Erin Morgenstern’s book by the same name. Brought to you by the production team of the 21 Club and The Mad Men Party. All proceeds benefit OSCA’s Firehall programs. Live music with the fantastic band “Dry River Caravan”. Catering by Copper Pot Catering — Cash Bar hosted by Quinn — Performers — Fortune Tellers — Black and White attire/costume of any sort recommended — Over 19 years of age.


Fitness Workshop: Release & Rejuvenate Tight Muscles and Soft Tissue in Your Body

Using the wisdom of the East and the science of the West, we will focus on lengthening and releasing tension and tightness from connective tissue, muscles, tendons and fascia. This special 6 week session will use rollers (myofascial release) long held opening positions (similar to that in Yin Yoga), a resist/relax stretch technique (PNF), and the breath and the mind to help focus on the lengthening and releasing.

Perfect for any athlete or person of any age looking to lengthen out and release tension in the body. “…enriching life through mindful movement” Presented by long time Firehall Yoga and Pilates Instructor Lori Meyers bodyvida.wordpress.com.

Thursday, 8:00pm – 9:00pm            October 25 – November 29   $75

Registration now underway.


How the Weekly Between-the-Bridges Newsletter Reflects the OSCA Website

Readers have asked where an article they saw in the News Between the Bridges newsletter can be found later on the Old Ottawa South website. Here's a brief description of how the newsletter relates to the website, which can help you find articles later.

The newsletter is essentially a "snapshot" of recent articles from the website at the time the newsletter is created, excluding older items and events that have already occurred. It is simply organized and presented in a different way, and doesn't always include the whole content of an article but rather a link to the full text of the article. Plus a list of upcoming events in the next two weeks.


An Amazing Community: Ottawa Citizen Letter

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Ottawa Citizen published the following by the owner of 128 Hopewell Avenue, one of the two houses destroyed by fire on July 15th, 2012.

It is a difficult thing to put a positive spin on a tragedy.

Yet that's what the community of Old Ottawa South has done in the case of the devastating house fires in July on Hopewell Avenue. My daughter and I are enormously grateful for the support of the Old Ottawa South Community Association, Stella Luna Cafe, Carleton University, The Canadian Press, the Ottawa Farmers Market, the Clothes Secret, and all of our neighbours and friends.

We are amazed by their generosity and the skill of Ottawa firefighters who stopped the spread of the blaze. We are lucky people and we can't wait to rebuild our home.

Beth Gorham, Ottawa

Click here to see photos of the firefighters "Hopewell's Heroes" in our Photo Gallery.

Click here to see photos of the Hopewell Fire Fundraising Street Party.


OSCA Fall Fest Sun. Sept. 30, 2012 in Windsor Park

Fall Fest Crowd 285Join OSCA in our annual celebration of the fall season. Featuring live music by Spencer Scharf & Giant Bouncy Castle courtesy of Tracy Arnett Real Estate.

 Enter our contests:

  • Best Soup (vegetarian or meat, please bring a full pot)
  • Best Pie
  • Best Jam/Jelly
  • Best Pickle/Preserve
  • Best Bread

Residents Grateful for Ottawa Farmers' Market Hopewell Fire Fundraising Efforts

OSCA, the residents of Hopewell Avenue, and the community of Old Ottawa South wish to give a hearty thanks to the Ottawa Farmers' Market (and Market Manager Linda Cook) for their much appreciated effort in fundraising for the victims of the July 15th  house fire at 126 and 128 Hopewell Ave. Thanks also to all the generous citizens of Ottawa who donated to match the Market's funding on a Navandale Farms wagon ride with Sparky and Winston and their owner Wyatt McWilliams. The recipients of the funds are in great need of this funding and are very grateful.


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