2020 SPOOKTACULAR Online Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31
FREE! A great way to enjoy Halloween in these time of COVID-19 restrictions. More details will follow.
Registration opens on Tuesday September 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Click on "Register here" button. Select "Events, Volunteers and Birthday Parties". Register for all the activities that are of interest to you:
2020 MAIN Event
Saturday, August 15
FREE! Fun for the whole family, and a great way to enjoy time with friends, neighbours and community members. Activities have been reformatted to meet the needs of these times, including a range of dynamic online activities to suit all interests.
THANKS to everyone who joined this year's Main Event, as participants, friendly competitors and volunteers. In this times of social distancing, it was lovely to see our community come together. A big group, a fun day, and success beyond expected results! Thank you! Go OOE!
Congratulations to competition winners!
- 163 Hawthorne - 1st Prize
- 48C Simcoe - 2nd Prize
Children's Popsicle Stick Bridge Construction
- Kailena - Best Aesthetic Design.Photo below. We can see it. Attention to detail in this bridge, complete with "Car Crossing" sign. A beautiful bridge with most excellent construction and design. What skills in this young winner!
- Kathryn and Alexandra - Best Structural Design. Stay tuned. You will see the photo of these winners too, and the high level of skills in our youth here too!. Such sound construction!
- Jay - Best Execution. And stay tuned for a photo for this one as well. Yet another winning success and show of amazing skills! Such complex construction!
- Grace and Eloise. Photo below (item #5 - a street light), courtesy of Adrienne, mom guide and co-director, with photo providing excellent guidance from the winners to us, for our hunting pleasure. The participants rated the big bug as the highest among the hunt items. A giggle here, a giggle there, a giggle everywhere, was their approach. It must work, because the finds are impressive.
- Emma. Photo in header. Clip board in hand, this organized winner set off on a very successful hunt, with some trusted companions: mom, grandma and dog. Beautiful finds, and many to make. There's acumen here.
- Melissa and David Henderson. The Team ROCKS! Photo below (item #4 - your group eating a cold treat). Photos of their finds coming soon too. Aesthetics, humour, technical savvy, and beautifully capturing attributes of OOE. 20 items to look for! That's impressive work! They really do rock.
- Nicole and Ryan Gallagher. Another great OOE team! What a feat! Such knowledge and speed of mind! They were impressive. A great group, a great competition, and great fun. Let's do this again sometime!
Special thanks to:
- Helena Forbes, CAG Board of Directors member and Board Events & Fundraising (E&F) Committee Chair, who spearheaded the Main Event and is behind all the successes of the day. She was indefatigable! Thanks also to her family members, Jean-François, Beatrice and Josephine, for supporting her in her role, and providing a helping hand the entire way.
- Board of Directors members: Tina Raymond, President and E&F Committee member; Joanne Lostracco, E&F Committee member; and Jana Trembinski, Board Communications & Programs Committee Chair, whose contribution and caliber in planning and action item follow-up was top notch pounding-the-pavement and behind-the-scenes work. Special shout out to Lostracco Team volunteers!
- Chantal, David, Noah and Zachary Backman, whose contribution as volunteers was amazing and invaluable! - from accompanying the Roving Musicians on their route, to putting up posters, to photography and so much more. This family is community engagement and spirit at its best!
- Youth volunteer, Katelyn, who accompanied our Stilt Walker on her route, providing invaluable help and service.
- Staff: Joseph Munro, Nivethine Mahendran and Trent Duggan whose behind the scenes work ensured that the event ran as smoothly as it did. Their breadth and depth seems endless. Their work was indispensable.
- All who led the day's long series of Zoom activities: CAG fitness instructors: Carolina Izaguirre Campos, Christine Johnson, Katie Ireland, Pamela Forth and Yuko Suzuki, CAG After-school Program supervisor and Front Desk staff, Lauren Kremer, Sue McKee from Let's Talk Science, Élisabeth Bruins from St. Paul University's L'Atelier, Robin Treleavan from the Ottawa Swing Dance Society, and Tom Richardson from Trivia Hall of Fame. Each one, proficient, full of energy and engagement.
- Diane & Jen and Christopher Valela for serving as competition judges, for the house decorating and popsicle stick bridge construction, respectively. (Carol Toone, CAG Executive Director, served as judge for the scavenger hunt and Trivia Night winners were unanimously declared at the game)
- Not least, on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, to all the OOE residents, whose participation was the positive and creative spirit of this community event, and for whom it was pleasure for us to provide support.
A big thank you from CAG to our Main Event Sponsors, whose generous contributions made this OOE event possible: Diane & Jen Realtors, Watson's Pharmacy, Pretoria Bridge Dental, Greystone Village, Capital Ward City Counsellor: Shawn Menard, Sula Wok, Greens and Beans, the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, represented by Gerald Dragon, and The Mainstreeter, including volunteer photographer, Peggy West. A big, special thanks to OOE residents who supported the event with such generous donations. What a community!
MAIN EVENT SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
See Program page for Fitness class descriptions
8:45-9:15 am -- Cardio-Strength-Core Blast with Christine Johnson
10:00-10:30 -- Cooking Class with Greens and Beans
10:10-10:40 am -- Better Body Boot Camp- Cardio/HIIT/Circuits with Katie Ireland
10:45-11:15 am -- Swing Dance. Decamp back in time to the 1920's, with instructor Robin Treleavan, and embrace your inner flapper while learning the dance craze of the Roaring twenties: the Charleston. No partner required.
11:30 am -12:00 pm -- Hatha Yoga with Yuko Suzuki
1:00-1:30 pm -- Body Sculpting ESSENTRICS® with Pamela Forth
1:45-2:15 pm -- Better Body Boot Camp- Butts & Guts
2:30-3:00 pm -- Zumba with Carolina Izaguirre Campos
3:15-3:45 pm -- ELDOA with Pamela Forth. In this class, you will re-align your spine and decompress the discs between each vertebrae! With practice and patience you can regain any height you may have loss over time, improve posture, and ease pain in your neck, back and hips. ELDOA is a French acronym which translates in English to LOAD’s (longitudinal osteo articular decompression). Postures are held for ~ one minute that target each segment of the spine. Pamela learned about the amazing benefits and results of ELDOA during her soma-therapy certification with world renowned Osteopath Guy Voyer. Join her in learning these great postures that can unlock the key to releasing the tension build up your body has held for years!
4:00-4:30 pm -- USP L'Atelier virtual tour with Elisabeth Bruins
4:45-5:15 pm -- Pilates with Pamela Forth
Children (4 to 12 years):
11:30 am-12:00 pm Creative Movement (dance) with Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson ONLINE
12:45-1:15 pm Let's Talk Science. Join Let's Talk Science for a half-hour of fun with science. Creative and engaging, Let's Talk Science workshops always offers education wrapped up in fun. Registration closed.
1:30-2:00 pm Summertime Craft with Lauren Kremer - Make a Paper Pinwheel. ONLINE
Materials: paper, scissors, markers/crayons, clear tape, pencil with an eraser, 1 tack/pushpin. Kits (paper, pencil and pushpin will be delivered to registrants prior to the event) Registration closed.
Popsicle Stick Bridge Construction Competition. Challenge your children to find their inner engineer! Local engineering expert, Christopher Valela, will judge the bridges for aesthetics, engineering design and execution. Register to receive your supply kit (100 popsicle sticks and glue). Winners will be selected by Christopher Valela. Prizes for winners! Registration closed.
Competition judging will take place on August 15th, in the afternoon. We ask that you please leave your construction outside. Christopher will come by to judge your creations. Please get in touch with us if you do not have outdoor access at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will arrange a time for you to meet with Christopher
- must span a gap of 50cm
- can use up to 100 popsicle sticks
- a matchbox car must be able to roll across on a piece of construction paper (Christopher will have these items on hand on the 15th, so please do not worry if you do not have them)
2:00 - 3:40 pm - Outdoor fun with roving musicians. Join Ottawa musicians, Fana Soro and Junkyard Symphony for their walk-about performance through Old Ottawa East.
Take your place along the route, from your front lawn or driveway, or on the sidewalk/side of the street, and join the amazing performers, Fana Soro and Junkyard Symphony! Keep 2m distance between familial groups and the entertainers. Face masks are strongly recommended. Avoid gathering in non-familial groups to keep everyone safe. No registration required. Updated route - the start time is fix; other times may vary/are best estimates:
- leaving Brantwood Park fieldhouse at 2:00 pm, down Onslow Crescent to Elliot St up to Marlowe Crescent down to Clegg St., between 2:00 and 2:30 pm
- from Clegg St to Glenora St, down Hazel St, between 2:30 and 2:45 pm
- from Hazel St to Main, up to Evelyn Avenue, 2:40 to 2:55
- from Evelyn Ave to Rosemere Ave, to Springhurst St down to Simcoe St, between 2:50 and 3:20 pm
- from Simcoe St up to Lees Ave to Concord St. S between 3:10 and 3:20 pm
- from Concord St S to Hawthorne Avenue up to Old Town Hall, between 3:20 and 3:40 pm
6:30-7:30 pm -- Trivia Night. ONLINE Want to match wits with your neighbours? Join local quizmaster and trivia icon, Paul Paquet for a trivia competition. His questions are always entertaining and engaging, and he has adapted his quiz to include OOE-specific questions. Participants are encouraged to order dinner from a local restaurant as part of Trivia Night, to support these important local businesses who have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 closures. Teams are welcome! Register once for the entire team, or register more than one team member if this facilitates your participation and enjoyment!
8:00-9:00 pm -- Music Hour. ONLINE Join OOE musicians for an hour of amateur music via Zoom. Join as a musicians to serenade your neighbours, or join as a spectator to close the day with being entertained by your neighbors! Register beginning August 10.
House Decoration Competition. We invite you to decorate your house on August 15th! Our wonderful community sponsors, Diane & Jen Realtors, will serve as judges, with PRIZES awarded for the best decorated homes. Show off your creative spirit! Join with your neighbours to make your street the pride of the neighbourhood! UPDATE - please register for this activity. Changed from "no registration required" to facilitate judging. Thanks!
Scavenger Hunts! (registration not required)
Scavenger Hunt 1 - For children up to 10 years old
- Have fun!
- Stay within the bounds of Old Ottawa East (see map on line)
- Winner will be drawn from all the correct entries
- Take a photo of each item and send your name and contact information to admin@ottawaeastCAG.ca
Hunt in Old Ottawa East for the following:
- a wading pool (1 point)
- a yellow flower (1 point)
- a basketball hoop (1 point)
- a red house (1 point)
- a streetlight (1 point)
- a dog on a leash (1 point)
- a swing-set (1 point)
- a school (1 point)
- a license plate with the number 5 (1 point)
- a very big bug (1 point)
Scavenger Hunt 2 - For adults from the ages of 11-99
- Have fun!
- Stay within the bounds of Old Ottawa East (see map)
- Take a photo of each item and send your name and contact information to admin@ottawaeastCAG.ca
- Christmas lights (10 points, bonus 5 points if they are turned on)
- A black cat (10 points)
- A Canadian flag (10 points, 5 bonus points if it is flying in front of a house)
- Your group eating a cold treat (10 points, 5 points bonus if it is from an OOE restaurant)
- A person modeling a funny hat (10 points)
- Your group somewhere on Clegg Street (10 points)
- One person posing like a tree, under a tree (10 points)
- Your team posing in front of a house with “13” in the address (10 points)
- Something in a language other than English or French (10 points)
- A picture of graffiti (10 points)
- A porta-potty (10 points, bonus 5 points if it is red)
- A little library with books inside (10 points)
- Books in a storefront (10 points)
- A basket of fruits of vegetables (10 points, 5 bonus points if it is at the Main Market)
- A For Sale or Sold sign in front of a house (10 points)
- A person with a crazy coloured mask (10 points)
- A tree starting to turn colour for the fall (10 points)
- A garden statue – please record the address if it isn’t evident (10 points)
- A weeping willow tree (10 points)
- Public Art in Old Ottawa East (10 points, 5 bonus points if you know the artist!)
Stilt Walker! Leaving Old Town Hall at 2:20 pm and making her way down Main St to Brantwood Park, arriving there about 3:20 pm. Come out to see her! She will be intersecting with the Roving Musicians on Main Street at/near Hazel St, to add to the fun!
Main Event — Brantwood Park Tree Walk
You are invited to take a stroll through lovely Brantwood Park, either virtually or in person, for a guided tour of some of its many trees!
Brought to you by Sustainable Living Old Ottawa East, SLOE, the walk involves just a handful of the 40 or so different species of trees and shrubs populating Brantwood.
To take the tour online, click on this link to get to the Google Map.
For the in-person experience, either print out the descriptions below or follow along on your mobile phone via the link above (you will need to have the Google Maps app installed on your phone and to be signed into a Google account). There are a total of 17 trees that have been tagged for those heading out to the park. Enjoy!
1-Manitoba Maple, (Box-elder, ashleaf maple), Acer negundo
Near the parking lot at Clegg Street, on the river side of multi-use pathway by the lamppost
The Manitoba maple is a fast growing tree with compound leaves that do not look much like other native maples. In Ottawa it is one of the earliest arrivals on disturbed land and can be found along river banks and in fence lines and boundaries where lawn mowers can’t reach it. The seed bearing (female) trees provide food for squirrels and birds.
Many people hate the Manitoba maple because of its reputation as a weedy species but with its varieties it has been planted around the world as street trees and ornamentals. There are two places in Brantwood Park where Manitoba maples have become dominant species in early naturalization experiments that involved nothing more than to stop mowing the grass. The results 20 or 30 years later can be seen near the dock at Clegg Street and under the very large oaks at the other end of the park past the basketball court.
2-European Larch, Larix decidua
At the far corner of tennis court on right of multi-use pathway
Larches are deciduous members of the pine family. Every fall the needles (leaves) turn yellow and fall off. The European larch is native to the mountains of Europe and can survive very low temperatures. It is a medium-sized tree reaching 25–45 m tall, with a trunk up to 1 m diameter.
Our local native larch, also known as tamarack, Larix laricina, can also be found in the park planted near the river. The Tamarack is common in wetter forests and bogs and can be found north to the arctic tree line in Canada where it lives as a dwarf along with black spruce and various willows.
3-Golden Weeping Willow, Salix alba var. vitellina cultivar
Across from bench, past tennis courts on river side
The weeping willow is a horticultural selection of a variety of European white willow that is beloved for its graceful trailing branches. Many willows regenerate freely from broken twigs in water or soil.
There are many native willow species, including several trees and shrubs that have been planted along the Rideau River shore. Peachleaf willow is growing near the shore and has been coppiced by beavers for several years but regenerates with multiple stems during the following summers. Native Pussy willow, Black willow, and Sandbar willow have also been planted.
4-Freeman Maple, Acer x freemanii
In the park just beyond the tennis courts. Large trees in the lawn
Freeman or Freeman’s maple is a hybrid, Acer x freemanii, derived from naturally occurring or artificial crossings of Red maples and Silver maples. Freeman maples are commonly planted on streets and in yards. They have deeply incised foliage resembling Silver maples. Sometimes these Freeman maples are sold under various trade names such as “Autumn Blaze.”
Many varieties of maples have been developed and planted as street trees. They may differ from wild trees by being seedless or in being less likely to have branches break in storms. Regardless of traits that are useful in small urban lots, the horticultural varieties have less genetic variability and food value for wildlife and the natural native trees should be preferred where possible.
5-European horsechestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum
Near the wading pool by the tool shed
European horse chestnut is an introduced ornamental species which is appreciated for its flowers in early summer. It is a medium-sized tree, up to 25 m high and 50 cm in diameter. The compound leaves have leaflets arranged like fingers radiating from a hand. The fruits are large nutlets covered with a green spiny husk. The seeds are up to 5cm wide with one or two in each capsule. The seeds are not edible.
Another member of the genus, Ohio buckeye, Aesculus glabra, has been planted along the river in several places in Brantwood Park. It occurs naturally in the Midwestern United States up to southwestern Ontario. The name buckeye was applied to this species because the dark-coloured seed has a round pale spot thought to resemble the eye of a deer.
6-Basswood, American linden, Tilia Americana
Across the path from the tool shed
Basswood is a common tree in forests of this region. It is a large tree, growing up to 35 m high and 100 cm in diameter. It is one of the tallest trees in our native forests and along with White Pine it may emerge from the forest canopy. Basswood has sweet-scented flowers that produce excellent honey. The inner bark of basswood was traditionally used in rope-making and cordage and netting. The soft white wood is excellent for carving.
A relative, European Little-Leaf Linden, Tilia cordata, and its cultivated varieties are often used in street plantings. They have smaller leaves and often have a narrow silhouette.
7-Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa
A large tree across the path from the near end of the wading pool
Bur oak is usually a small tree but we can see larger specimens in Brantwood Park where the bur oaks thrive on the flood plain. These trees could be 200 years old although they appear ancient.
Bur oaks are sometimes called mossy cup oaks because the cap of the fruit has a fringe of hair-like scales covering more than half the acorn. The acorns are a favourite food of wildlife.
Bur oak is planted widely in Ottawa as a street tree. The Deschênes rapids in the Ottawa River were named by Champlain after the remarkable stands of large bur oaks in that part of Ottawa. In former days white oaks were considered strategic reserves for shipbuilding and other critical uses. Efforts are underway in to preserve some of the remaining oaks which are threatened by infill development.
8-American Elm, White Elm, Ulmus Americana
Near the river across from the first play structure behind three stumps of dead Ashes
The American or white elm is a large, graceful tree, up to 35 m high and 175 cm in diameter. This is the famous elm that once graced the streets of Ottawa and many other Canadian cities until it was devastated by Dutch elm disease, an exotic fungus spread by bark beetles. The fungus overwhelms the trees’ response mechanisms and results in death in several years. Many elms survive long enough to reproduce by seeds so young elms are still common, but when they are approximately 20 years old they may be expected to die.
Several disease resistant elms have been developed by selectively cross breeding Japanese and Chinese elms, and some of these can be seen planted along Main Street in the recent reconstruction.
9-Black Walnut, Juglans nigra
Near the play structure, near the second sitting rock, a youngish tree
Black walnuts are among the most impressive trees in old Ottawa East. They are medium-sized tree, growing up to 30 m high and 120 cm in diameter. Their heavy, hard black heartwood is greatly valued for wood-working. The large tennis ball sized fruits fall in autumn or when clipped by squirrels and they rain down uncomfortably. The nuts are enclosed in a husk which contains a greenish dye — the nuts inside are edible but difficult to crack. Black walnuts are spreading naturally along the shore of the Rideau River where its nuts are planted by squirrels or float on the spring floods.
A large black walnut can also be seen in a backyard across Onslow Crescent from the park.
Just beyond the first play structure on the park side
Ginkgos are native to China, with leaves that are fan-shaped with veins that are straight and parallel. Ginkgo has been called a living fossil as it is the only survivor of a family of trees that was once common in the forests of the northern hemisphere during the age of dinosaurs and dating back 270 million years.
Ginkgos are gaining popularity in Ottawa as street trees. Ginkgos are either male (pollen bearing) or female (seed bearing). Most of the trees sold now are male clones because the fruits smell bad when the outer husk decomposes. Inside, however, there is a nut that can be roasted and eaten.
11-Whoops! This one, a sugar maple, was moved further down the trail.
11-Red Ash, Green ash, Fraxinus pennsylvanica
The tree with the Rideau River Nature Trail sign on the river side near the large willow
Ashes were common trees in our local forests and parks until recently when they were almost completely annihilated by an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer. There were several native species, green white and black ashes and European Ashes in Ottawa and all have been almost completely eliminated by the borer. The wave of destruction can still be seen radiating across the countryside from various centres of spread.
The only treatment available for ashes consists of injecting of systemic insecticides on a continuing basis. This is expensive, so the City of Ottawa has instituted a program of treatment for only a limited number of worthy specimens. These trees are distinguished by the green point spots left by the city foresters to indicate the treatment. There are two treated trees in this immediate area. Also visible are large stumps which still show the traces of their growth rings.
12-Red Oak, Quercus rubra
On the river side near a sewer sign and just beyond the ash
Red Oak is a common oak of Ontario forests. It is a medium-sized tree up to 25 m high 90 cm in diameter. It is planted as a landscaping tree and large specimens were once found in the development lands of Greystone Village.
13-Butternut, Juglans cinerea
On the river side near the bench
Medium trees up to 25 m tall and 75 cm in diameter, this native tree is related to walnuts and pecans. The fruit of the butternut is almost impossible to open because of the deeply convoluted shell. However, traditionally valuable food could be extracted from the crushed nuts by boiling and skimming the fat.
Almost all the butternuts of Eastern Ontario have been affected by butternut canker, an introduced fatal disease. The butternut planted by the river was selected from seeds of local trees that appeared to show resistance to Butternut canker. This particular butternut is grafted onto the roots of a black walnut.
14-Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis
On the park side near the swings
The hackberry is a native tree that is sparse locally but has recently been planted as a substitute for elm. It is small tree up to 15 m high and 50 cm in diameter, although much larger specimens can be found locally. It is spreading naturally along the river and is planted on Main Street and adjacent properties. The fruit is berry-like with a pitted stone. The thin flesh of the fruits has a sweet taste and the seeds are spread by birds. Mature Hackberry has a warty bark that is distinctive.
15-Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
Near the tire swing
The sugar maple is one of the most common trees of the forests of the southern parts of Ontario and Quebec. This is Canada’s national tree and our Canadian flag is a stylized sugar maple leaf. The leaves have five tapering lobes with a few irregular teeth. It may resemble Norway maple but the leaves are more yellowish green above and paler below. The beautiful fall colour is yellow to brilliant orange. It is often planted as a street tree or garden tree.
Sugar maple wood is heavy and strong, leading to its common names, hard maple or rock maple. It is also the source of our maple syrup, although syrup can also be produced from other species of maples as well as birches.
16-Grove of Bur oaks with Manitoba maple understory
Near the end of the park, with the marker on the park side of the trail
This is a remarkable grove of very large Bur oaks showing maximal development. This area was also an early naturalization project and the cessation of mowing of grass lead to an influx of Manitoba Maple understory. This grove reminds us that trees grow in forests with different levels, ages and degrees of shade. New oaks cannot grow in this deep shade and over time new species that are more tolerant of shade may gradually replace the oaks.
Old trees, after achieving their maximum size, can exist for almost as many years again in a state of decline during which time they become host to great biodiversity within their decaying tissues. Much of the loss of insects and other organisms predicted in the coming extinctions will arise from the loss of habitat provided by ancient trees.
17-Silver Maple, Acer sacharrinum
In the oak grove on the river side of the trail
Silver maple is a fast-growing tree that makes its best growth on moist bottomlands and shorelines. The leaves are deeply incised by deep notches and are light green above and silvery white beneath. They usually turn yellow in the fall. The tree has been planted extensively as a street tree notably in parts of Old Ottawa South near the river. The trees tend to break up in wind and ice storms. The hollows and cavities in the wood that develop after breakage provide good habitat for animals and birds. Silver maple hybridizes easily with Red maple and it is sometimes difficult to tell the species apart.
2021 WINTER Party in the Park
Sunday, January 16
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Brantwood Park, 39 Onslow Crescent.
Attendance is FREE, donations welcome
Horse-drawn sleigh ride, fun in the snow, skating-skills competition, hot dogs, soup and hot chocolate. A great party for the entire family! Bundle up, bring your skates and enjoy the fun!
ANNUAL SOUP COOK-OFF
Enter your best soup recipe by email to admin@ottawaeastCAG.ca, first-come, first served! Soup to be brought to the field house, hot and in a slow cooker for 1:00 p.m.
Volunteering opportunities here
CAG community events and activities are volunteer-based. From summer BBQs at Brantwood Park to the Main Event and Winter Party in the Park, volunteers make our events dynamic and successful. If you are interested in volunteering, we invite you explore our volunteer opportunities.
For questions and more information, contact us at admin@ottawaeastCAG.ca