Westboro Villager – October 2018

Westboro Villager – Kitchissippi Times October 2018

Giving thanks

With the recent disaster experienced in our city/region, we wanted to extend a very sincere thank you to Ottawa emergency response services, Ottawa Hydro, and the businesses in Westboro who were able to offer what they could to the community and to food banks. A very special thank you to Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper for keeping everyone informed and updated at all times. Thank you!

Thanksgiving is near; a time to express our gratitude and thanks, time to spend with family and friends and reflect. We are very grateful for the supporting community here in Westboro, Kitchissippi, and Ottawa – not only in supporting your local businesses, but supporting each other and charities, both near and far. Many people have opened their doors and hearts to support those in need.

Cornerstone Housing for Women will celebrate the upcoming opening of their Princeton Avenue location to 42 women who need moderate support. Thank you to the caring community, both businesses and residents, for making this a reality!

In the spirit of thanksgiving, Westboro plays host to open kitchens to support cooking and eating together in the community. The Westboro Region Food Bank hosts the “Let’s Eat Lunch” event series every Saturday morning, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at All Saints’ Anglican Church until December 15 for making health packed lunches. Check online for their schedule.

Westboro Community Kitchen, organized by Carlington Community Centre and the Westboro Beach Community Association, brings the community together for cooking a meal and then eating with friends at the Van Lang Field House (most recently on September 24 – check online for the next date).

This month, we also welcome you to Westboro Village for Wickedly Westboro on Saturday, October 27 – celebrating all things Halloween. Details on the back page of the Westboro Villager.

With gratitude and thanks. — Michelle GroulxExecutive Director Westboro VillageBusiness Improvement Area

Giving thanks, and Thanksgiving

 It’s the season of giving, and there are many ways to express our thanks and gratitude here in Westboro.

Sometimes we like to give thanks with a thoughtful card or small gift. The Village Quire (312 Richmond Rd.) is the perfect destination for that special something. Cards, pens, journals – there is something for everyone here. It’s more than just a card store. (Ask about the Campy Candles!) “The Village Quire is a cheerful spot to land,” says owner Molly van der Schee (photo: right). “Whether you’ve had a long, tough week or you are headed out to a great party, we are the kind of store fits in with your life.”

Speaking of hostess gifts, we love to give – and receive – gifts of food! Chez Francois (427 Richmond Rd.) has a delectable selection of oils, vinegars, chutneys, and spices to give the gourmet in your life. Don’t forget to pick up a few items for yourself too! We have it on good authority Chez Francois’ cranberry and maple mustard is the perfect secret ingredient to rub on a turkey before popping it into the oven. (We won’t tell if you don’t!)

Did you know the Westboro Region Food Bank receives 50 to 60% of the food supply from the Ottawa Food Bank and 20 to 30% from donations and food drives? The remainder of the food is purchased using funds donated from the Westboro community.

Sarah Brown of Westboro Region Food Bank (photo: right) says the need is there all year round, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Canned tomatoes and fruit, and healthy proteins such as peanut butter and salmon are at the top of their wish list. “We want people to be as healthy as they can be,” says Sarah. The food bank, located at All Saints’ Anglican/ First United Church (354 Madison Ave., at the back of the building) recently introduced a new program called “Let’s Eat Lunch!” It’s about getting together to make healthy packed lunches. Families are invited to attend on Saturdays until December 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, you’ll definitely want to visit the Westboro Farmers’ Market to stock up on fresh produce. It’s open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday October 27.

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Wickedly Westboro is back!

Wickedly Westboro is one of our favourite Westboro traditions, and it’s taking place on Saturday, October 27. It’s spooky fun for everyone!

Never been? Join in! Wickedly Westboro is a family- and dog-friendly Halloween event that takes place along Richmond Road between McRae and Golden Avenues from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jack-o’-lanterns will decorate the sidewalks and businesses are ready to hand out goodies to trick or treaters. It’s easy to participate. Kids can pick up their official Westboro Village trick-or-treat backpack at Winston Square, play the Marble Mansion game for a prize, and then walk down Richmond Road to collect treats (no need for tricks!) at participating businesses.

Families can close out the evening at the Park Safe lot (formerly Avenues Garage) with a movie under the stars presented by Capital Pop-Up Cinema. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice is on the evening program. (Who knows all the words to “Day-O”?) There will be an outdoor heater, and hot cocoa and cider. Bring your own chairs!