After a very confusing week of both snowfall and cherry blossoms, we have found ourselves back here, friends: Staying at home and trying to fill the space! I won’t lie, the thought of more online events makes my eyes blur, but the longer we stay home, and stay safe, the more rewarding it will be to roll around in the sunshine this summer and fall. Take in the blooming gardens and trees in your neighbourhood with a walk around the block, or check out the incredible magnolia trees in the Arboretum if you can get there safely. Guidelines about masks in outdoor public spaces keep changing, so always have yours with you, if for no reason other than to keep your face warm! If you need to take time to recharge this weekend, you aren’t alone. Check in on the essential workers and people who live alone in your life. Sleep in, cook a big brunch, stretch, hydrate, and enjoy your time intentionally this weekend, 613 fam!
Starting Thursday and running until Sunday, check out the Pride Not Prejudice virtual craft fair, featuring more than 60 progressive vendors, community groups, and workshops, all of which are local. Expect to find the kinds of artisan goods that you wouldn’t find at other, more PC markets, in an environment that is wildly free of judgment! Saturday night you can also join Homo Phono for Rise Up & Dance! This online dance party will take place from 7–10 pm on Zoom. It’s an opportunity to get together virtually and have a good time, regardless of your dance skills, so #StayHomo and join in the fun!
The NCC is continuing their road closures this weekend to encourage people to get out of their homes safely. Queen Elizabeth Driveway and both the Sir John A. MacDonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways will be closed to motor vehicles and open exclusively for active use. Check out their webpage for more updates about closures around the city!
Tourism Ottawa is doing its best to get us out of the house safely and creatively. Their Spring Vibes #VirtualMeet613 with @igersottawa ruins from April 21–May 26. Capture wildlife in your backyard, your neighbourhood trees on a walk or bike ride, or a cityscape from your favourite vantage point. Get creative online and you could win a staycation package!
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This may seem like a no-brainer, but if there is someone in your life who is eligible for a vaccine, take a moment to check on them, and see if they need any help booking or making it to an appointment. Do you have a tech-nervous parent, neighbour, or coworker who doesn’t have the savvy to navigate online bookings? Does your overworked friend have the time to sit online or make repeated phone calls to book? Is there someone who could use your help overcoming a language barrier in accessing services? Do you have a safe ride, or Uber money you could offer to get someone across town? If you help just one person other than yourself get a vaccine, you are making big changes for the community.
Thursday is Earth Day! Let’s celebrate this fantastic planet we live on that seriously needs our loving attention right now! The City of Ottawa has some great tips for energy-efficient living in your home that can be easily accomplished while distancing. Whether you rent or own, our homes and yards are a great place to start respecting how we use our space on the earth.
Today is your last day to vote for the Capital Music Awards! For a clear breakdown of the finalists for the major awards, check out this article by our resident musical genius and ultimate hype man. Check out Marie-Clo, The PepTides, and some other very cool bands that you need to know more about!
Encore Ottawa continues to roll out quality content on a regular basis, and this weekend is no different. Check out Moonfruits and their unique “art-folk bilingue” style Friday night at 8:30pm. The Encore sessions were safely filmed at the Shenkman Arts Centre last fall and are being streamed for free to support local artists. This duo is a delightfully mellow experience, and will be the perfect end to another work week.
Are you a Glebite? Aspiring to be? The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group is holding trivia on Friday night beginning at 8:15pm. Get a team of up to six households together for a night of nerdy fun! Tickets are $25 each, available online here. Trivia nights in pubs feel like a distant fever dream, but gathering around the screen for something other than a tepid video chat with your peeps is sure to get you feeling competitive and brilliant again.
Ottawa Recreation and Culture is serving up another online cooking class this Saturday starting at 3:30pm, and it sounds like the perfect skill to master. Their “A Taste of the World” series will be featuring noodles this time around, with the tricks to get a perfectly cooked Asian noodle dish at home. Receive a shopping list, step-by-step recipe instructions, and enjoy a fun online cooking class. Entry is $29.95 per household, and the class is filling up quickly! Check out the registration online.
**This is a public service announcement that Mother’s Day is two weeks away! This is another in a long line of distanced holidays in the last 12 months, and the recent stay-at-home order may complicate things even further. So start thinking about what you can safely and reliably do now! If your mother figure lives here in town, delivery or curbside pickup options are your best bet. During the holidays, some of the coolest and most connected local shoppers at Apt613 put together a series of gift-buying guides that might help you with some ideas this time around as well. From jewelry to cocktails, plants or greeting cards—we have your back again. If you want to send something out of town, start checking out florists, restaurants, and delivery services wherever she is this weekend!
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