Rockcliffe Park Book Fair
Our students are extra-excited about the 2018 Rockcliffe Park Public School Book Fair – tasked with voting on a theme, they overwhelmingly chose graphic novels and comic books! For the uninitiated, a graphic novel is a self-contained story told primarily in illustrations, usually laid out in panels, like a comic. It’s a format so appealing and accessible that such bestselling series as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Babysitter’s Club have recently gotten the graphic novel treatment. And more mature fans of gorgeous illustration and thoughtful storytelling will find lots to love in graphic novels, too.
Now in its 57th year, the RPPS Book Fair welcomes thousands of avid readers over three days. Visitors can browse through more than 50,000 donated titles in every genre as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, puzzles and board games – all at great prices. Busy volunteers restock shelves regularly, so there are new finds each and every day; lots of savvy shoppers make repeat visits over the weekend. Kids are always busy at our Craft Corner and folks drop in to our Café for tasty snacks and even hot lunch and dinner options.
Book Fair is RPPS’s chief fundraiser and one of our community’s most anticipated annual events. Volunteers from the school and community work more than 4,000 hours each year to make Book Fair happen. It’s a big job with enormous benefits: Book Fair 2017 raised more than $50,000. These proceeds flow not only back to RPPS, but also to other area schools in the form of grants to support literacy efforts and other essential programs.
The Rockcliffe Park Public School gymnasium (Queen Juliana Hall – enter off Springfield Road near Buena Vista Road)
For information on the Fair: hours, location and volunteer opportunities: Web: rockcliffeparkbookfair.com, Twitter: @rppsbookfair, or Facebook: RockcliffeParkBookFair.
Something New Edinburgh Craft Show
New Edinburgh will once again play host to the fourth annual “Something New Edinburgh” – the beloved local craft show where community, artists and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship meet. The show touches down at Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Road, on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. As always, admission is free.
Enthusiastic local support and a vibrant atmosphere take the day to the next level. Talk with over 30 talented artisans and makers, and shop handmade wares for holiday giving or for yourself. Cast your ballot for a chance to win one of over $1,200 in door prizes from community businesses, then grab lunch at Angry Dragonz, the food truck parked right outside. It promises to be a lively day – don’t miss it!
St. Bart’s Bazaar
St. Bartholomew’s Annual Church Bazaar promises an afternoon of fun, food and fabulous finds on Saturday, November 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Church, located at 125 MacKay Street.
Please join us for one of the best local Bazaars. There will be tables of books, jewellery, antiques, gifts, knitting, crafts, jams and jellies, attic treasures, baking, toys and games, Christmas decorations, and a wonderful, cozy tea room with homemade sandwiches.
Proceeds will support Cornerstone Womens’ Shelter and the work of the Church. Note: If you have items to donate, please call Ruth at 613 745-7834, ext. 115 or Liz at 613 745-4677.
We hope to see you there!
2018 Ashbury Ball: Taj Gala
Please join us for an unforgettable evening of delicious food, fabulous entertainment, and live and silent auctions in support of Ashbury students.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Location: Infinity Convention Centre, 2901 Gibford Drive, Ottawa
Time: Cocktail Hour at 5:30 pm
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets please visit ashburyball2018.com.
RPRA and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra reception and silent auction fundraiser @ Church of St. Bartholomew
Come to St Bart’s for a wonderful evening in support of the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) and to help the RPRA launch its seasonal fundraising drive. The evening will feature the OSO quartet, food and a cash bar, a silent auction and friends gathering to support the RRCRC, which provides counselling, community development, youth services as well as the Food Bank services to our neighbourhood.
Location: 125 MacKay Street, the Parish Hall of the Church of St Bartholomew.
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $40- includes a glass of Prosecco and Food
To purchase tickets use Eventbrite www.eventbrite.ca. Access event using search words COMMUNITY GET TOGETHER and/or RENDEZ-VOUS COMMUNAUTAIRE.
Elmwood Art Fair Vernissage and Holly Tea
Members of the Rockcliffe Park community are invited to join us this December for our annual Holly Tea and Art Fair. This event is always a highlight of the holiday season, filled with stunning artistry and festive cheer. We will be kicking things off on Friday, November 30 at 6:30 pm with our Art Fair Vernissage. The show will continue on through Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm – as will our Holiday Marketplace. And don’t miss out on our Holly Tea on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:30 pm.
Rockcliffe Field House and Sports Pad Grand Opening
This holiday season will certainly be special with the completion of the new Rockcliffe Field House and Sports Pad. The Grand Opening Skating Party and Open House promises to be a fun-filled afternoon, so bring your skates and also plan to spend some time admiring the beautiful wood-clad building, high-quality rink boards and detailed hardscape. The event is free and is open to all.
Once the Field House is officially open, announcements will be made via email. Stay tuned for details about skating hours and opportunities to make use of the field house.
We also invite adults around the neighbourhood to join us as Hosers this year. A long-standing tradition, it involves getting together with small teams in the evenings to hose the rink and keep the ice in fine form for all to enjoy. Be part of the spirit – contact email@example.com to sign up for this winter’s fun.
Finally, on behalf of the Rockcliffe Hosers, we would like to acknowledge Shawn Malhotra, who spearheaded and has expertly project-managed this complex endeavour for the past year. Without his incredible efforts and enthusiasm, completion of this project would not have been possible.
Annual St. Bart’s New Year’s Eve Gala
Ring in the new year in style with a glittering evening at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 MacKay Street. Take a sentimental journey on the Orient Express – the most fabled train of all! After a welcome drink, we’ll depart Waterloo Station en route to Paris, Vienna and Venice for the New Year’s Eve Masked Ball. Concert, dinner, dancing and a fabulous silent auction will make it an evening to remember. Greet the New Year with friends, a glass of sparkling wine and the ringing of the church bells.
This event is selling out quickly so book your table/tickets now!
In preparation for the April 15th by-election for ward councillor and to help residents understand who the candidates are and what they stand for, the community associations of Cardinal Glen, Lindenlea, Manor Park, New Edinburgh, Overbrook and Rockcliffe Park invite you to a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 pm, at Queen Juliana Hall (RPPS gymnasium, which is located directly behind the Community Police Centre at 360 Springfield Rd). Come early to get a seat. The candidates will each talk for a few minutes and then will break out to host smaller sessions so you can talk to the candidates of your choosing. The election is on Monday April 15 and advance poll on Friday April 5.