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  • Mondays, Jul 29, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
    9:30am
    30 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver.

  • Tuesday Jul 30, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Out of This World! Climb on board my rocket ship.

    Can you design a space craft carrying an astronaut (or an alien!) that can safely land on Mars?  Test your engineering skills and learn all about the challenges of landing safely on Earth and other planets

    We will look at video of the engineering challenges as faced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Teams, to help guide us to design solutions.

     

    Images of Mars Rover Landing 2010

    Ages 7-12.

    Space is limited, registration required. English.

  • summer reading club images

    Friday Aug 09, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Come join award-winning author & illustrator Rob Justus for a goofy character draw-along. Rob will highlight some of his work, but more importantly give a quick tutorial on some of the basics of drawing and creating fun-loving characters. These workshops are for any level of budding artists. Registration Required. Ages 8-12. 

  • Friday Aug 09, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    Join us for a screening of a great selection of short films about the Milky Way, space travel, and friendly aliens.

    English, 57 minutes.  First screening starts at 2pm.  Second screening at 3pm.  Drop in anytime!

    Films courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

    Family program.  Drop-in.

  • Tuesday Aug 13, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

      

    Embark on a space adventure.

    Create constellations 3 different ways!  Sculpt it, lace it and shine it!  Watch super cool videos that shows us just how tiny we are!  Then create your own constellation!

    Ages 6-12

    Space is limited, registration required.  English.

  • musical notes and head shot of Chris White

    Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Bring your chair or blanket a picnic dinner and join us for the all-ages, outdoor, sing-along with Chris White!  Chris will lead us through songs from decades ago and some new works that make it fun and easy to join in!  

    Raindate: Friday, 16 Aug, 4:30-5:30PM

    About Chris White

    With Nova Scotian roots that combine Black, White and Indigenous heritage, Chris White was born into a musical family and developed skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and performer.  Growing up, he performed in a vocal quartet with his siblings and sang in a choir led by his father, Bill White, an accomplished musician and choral director.  Chris’ aunt, Portia White, was a classical singer of “national historic significance”, and his uncle, Lorne White, performed on CBC’s “Singalong Jubilee” program throughout its 13-year national television run.  Chris is known for his engaging stage presence and his talent for getting audiences to sing along enthusiastically!

    Chris writes and performs songs that are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, always engaging.  He has released three albums of original songs – “I’m a Poet… and I’m Aware of It”, “Inner Voice”, and “Music All Around”.

    Chris co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years.  In that role, he created numerous opportunities for attendees to become actively involved with music through participatory choirs, ukulele-building workshops and musical instrument “petting zoos”.  He also worked with the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society and Writer’s Bloc to create annual events such as “Musical Friends”, “Gil’s Hootenanny” and “The Great Canadian Song-Along”. 

    He is also a co-founder of AfroMétis, a project that delves into Black, Native and Nova Scotian roots to create songs and poems that address and celebrate this largely unacknowledged aspect of Canadian history and culture.

    Chris produces and hosts two weekly music programs on CKCU FM: “Canadian Spaces”, Canada’s longest-running folk music radio show, and “Special Blend”.

     Chris with Lynn Hanson at CKCU

    An active member of local, regional and national music communities, Chris is a founding board member of Home Routes, an organization that presents concerts across Canada.  He has designed large-scale musical events for many organizations, including the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Public Services International.

    Chris has led singing, song writing and performance workshops in elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges, camps and conferences.  He currently directs the following weekly singing groups:

    • The Sparrows, a choir for home schooled children aged 4 to 10
    • Brothers Aloud, a vocal group for men;  
    • Minds In Song, a singing group for people with dementia and their partners
      • under the auspices of the Dementia Society of Ottawa, Chris has been leading sing-along sessions called "Turquoise" for people with dementia and their partners/caregivers for the past ten years
    • The Merry Songsters, a performance ensemble for retirees
    • ESP, an all-ages, all-abilities sing-along group.

    Chris received the Helen Verger Award in 2012 for “significant, sustained contributions to Canadian folk music”.