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  • Saturday Jun 22, 2024 at 2:30pm
    120 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Learn the basics of using a sewing machine and craft your very first project: a drawstring bag. This two-hour session will take you through the steps of setting up, threading, and using a sewing machine. Registration limited to 5 spaces.

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    Monday Jun 24, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Photos and narration from multiple car trips around this wonderful province. Highlights include Viking settlement in L’anse aux meadows, fjord at Western Brook Pond, the Tablelands, Bonavista, Twillingate, Cape Spear, icebergs, etc.

    Presented by Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and the Orleans Photo Club.

  • Mondays, Jun 24, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
    6:30pm
    75 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Sunnyside Trivia Nights

    Test your knowledge this summer with Sunnyside Trivia Nights.  Happening three nights this summer, each session will have different categories and questions ranging from pop culture to geography . Enjoy a fun relaxed atmosphere to see if you can win the crown of Sunnyside Trivia Champion!

    Monday June 24th 6:30pm

    Monday July 29th 6:30pm

    Monday August 26th 6:30pm

    Registration required.

  • Monday Jun 24, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for a Labrador Documentary Project, a series of short films celebrating Inuit culture and teaching history from the beautiful northeast coast of Canada. The directors of these films - Heather Campbell, Holly Andersen, Jennie Williams, and Ossie Michelin - are also past participants and recent leaders of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, the longest-running children's art festival in Canada.

    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Run as fast as you can, the Nalujuit are here! Filmmaker Jennie Williams brings us the story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Nunatsiavut tradition in Nalujuk Night.

    In Evan’s Drum, an adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Labrador Inuit drum dancing.

    57 minutes, multiple languages. Courtesy the National Film Board of Canada

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    Joignez-vous à nous pour le visionnement d’une série de courts métrages célébrant la culture inuite et l'enseignement de l'histoire de la magnifique côte nord-est du Canada.

    Tenant à la fois du poème visuel et du récit oral, Mlle Campbell : enseignante inuk relate l’histoire d’Evelyn Campbell, précurseure d’un système d’éducation dirigé par des Inuit dans la petite communauté de Rigolet, au Labrador.

    Dans Le déplacement de Hebron, Holly Andersen explore ce qui fait d’un lieu un véritable chez-soi, alors qu’elle découvre les liens qui unissent sa communauté à des générations d’Inuit du nord du Labrador qui ont été déplacés.

    Sauve qui peut, voici les Nalujuit ! La cinéaste Jennie Williams nous raconte, dans La nuit du Nalujuk, une réjouissante — et parfois terrifiante — tradition du Nunatsiavut.

    Dans Le tambour d’Evan, un petit garçon aventureux et sa mère déterminée ont une passion commune pour la danse du tambour inuite.

    57 minutes, multiple langues. Courtoisie de l’Office National du Film du Canada

  • Craft supplies on table

    Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Let’s get creative! Join us as we guide you step-by-step through the process of making origami marine animals such as fish, whales, and stingrays.

    Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to complete the craft, from start to finish. No prior skills needed!

  • Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 5:30pm
    120 minutes

    The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked. And best of all, it can be done for free.

  • Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Do you love to cook? Connect with other food enthusiasts and level up your cooking skills over great discussions. We will look at new and popular cookbooks together and share recipes that we have tried. 

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    Wednesday Jun 26, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Join us for a workshop from The Council on Aging of Ottawa / Le Conseil sur le vieillissement d'Ottawa.  Participants will explore what’s involved (practically, emotionally, and financially) in continuing to live independently with services and supports.  This will include an overview of common needs, available options, and financial considerations.

    Registration required

    Wednesday June 26, 1:00-3:00pm

  • Wednesday Jun 26, 2024 at 1:30pm
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Le groupe de conversation en français est un programme d'apprentissge de la langue avec un professeur et un mombre minime d'étudiants de même niveau. 

    Inscription requis

    valuation du niveau de langue requis

  • The Chamber

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Drawing from over 15 years of queer and trans advocacy, as well as over a decade in practice as a wellness professional, trauma recovery expert, and conflict transformation facilitator, award-winning author and spiritual teacher Kai Cheng Thom offers a revitalizing perspective on the meaning of love in a time of intense social strife and political polarization : How do we understand love not as a fuzzy feeling, not as an intellectual concept, but as a discipline and set of practices that we can apply to strengthen our resilience and deepen relationships for the purpose of pursuing justice? Love as our greatest power in the struggle for social change? This highly engaged, practically focused presentation will leave you with: 1) A simple but powerful psychological framework for understanding love and resilience as a practice, 2) 3 simple tools that you can use to resolve conflict and engage in meaningful conversations with people who may hold bigoted or prejudiced beliefs, 3) A visualization practice for self-care and personal development.

    There will be a Q&A and book signing with the author to follow the event.

    This is a hybrid event: the program is in-person, but we will also stream live on OPL's YouTube page.

    Registration is for the in-person portion of the event.

    In-person attendees will get the chance to win a copy of Falling Back in Love with Being Human.

    This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.

    About Kai Cheng Thom:

    Kai Cheng Thom, Master of Social Work, MSc Couple & Family Therapy, is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Qualified Mediator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Professional Life Coach based in tkaronto/Toronto. She is the author of six award-winning books in various genres, including the Publishing Triangle Award-winning essay collection on Transformative Justice, I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE, the New York Times-featured picture book From the Stars In the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, and the recent Canadian bestseller Falling Back In Love With Being Human.

    Kai Cheng's work as a noted practitioner and teacher of Somatic Sex Education, Sexological Bodywork, and Somatic Coaching focuses on the intersection of social justice, pleasure activism, and transformative approaches to healing conflict and harm. She maintains a private practice as a hands-on sex and intimacy coach with individuals, couples, and polycules, as well as a consultancy as a master facilitator and leadership coach with organizations across North America. She also teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education and Faculty at The Embody Lab, having trained hundreds of practitioners in body-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approaches to individual and social change.