The Knox Presbyterian Church is hosting a Gospel Christmas with Ernie Cox and London Trio Plus. The event will take place at Elgin and Lisgar, at 3 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children. City hall parking is availabile.
Christmas Carol Service at 7:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Elgin and Lisgar. The West Island Ladies Barbershop Chorus of Montreal joins the choir of Knox to present songs and carols for the Christmas season and lead the congregation in singing well-known and favourite carols. Free-will offering.
Knox Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Elgin and Lisgar, will have two Christmas Eve services on Christmas Eve. The first, at 4:30 p.m., will be a family service that is focused on the children. At 7:30, there will be a candlelight service of contemplation and meditation on Christ’s coming.
The Salvation Army is inviting volunteers to ring in the Christmas season at a Christmas Kettle. Just two hours of your time can help The Salvation Army provide hot meals, toys and warm clothing to Ottawa families in need at Christmas. The Christmas Kettle Campaign runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24.To volunteer sign up at www.ottawakettles.ca or email
or phone 613-241-1573 ext 253.
Centretown United Church is seeking volunteers for its Christmas Hamper Project to provide hampers to 180 families and singles who are clients for six major agencies in the Centretown area. For more information visit www.christmashamperproject.com .
McNabb Community Recreational Centre, 180 Percy St., is holding Chow Qi Gong classes every Tuesday from 9:15-10:45 a.m., and every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.ottawachowqigongassociation.com .
Ottawa ACORN offers free tax preparation for low-income families. For this service call 613-746-5999. Ottawa ACORN also offers affordable tax preparation for moderate-income families through its second service, the ACORN Tax Collective. All funds collected go back into these programs to keep them running. For more information call 613-744-7228, visit www.acorncanada.org or email
The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. From time to time, after the business meeting, a speaker will talk about an animal-related topic. For information, call 613 836 1492.
Cycle Salvation is seeking donations of used bicycles to provide training in bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged. Bikes may be dropped off at 473 Bronson Ave., on Tuesdays to Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, email
or call 613 288 1454.
Frontier College hosts Storytime at Rideau Hall every Friday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. throughout the summer. Storytime is a chance for kids to read books, hear stories and play. This event is free of charge.
The Ottawa Choral Society, one of Canada's most prominent symphonic choruses, is auditioning new members in early September. Please visit www.ottawachoralsociety.com to view the season ahead, which will offer many performance opportunities for experienced choristers. All voices are welcome (tenor and bass especially). The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings at a central location and occasionally on weekends. Please email
to arrange an audition time.
Bytown Voices, a community choir under the direction of Bob Jones, welcomes all enthusiastic singers looking to experience the joy of singing with others in four-part harmony. The choir performs two concerts a year, at Christmas and in the spring, with an eclectic program including classical/sacred music, jazz tunes, pop, folk and spirituals. No audition required. Practices are each Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Basil's Catholic church at Maitland and the Queensway. For more information, visit www.bytownvoices.com or drop by and try out starting Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Lunchtime yoga and meditation will be held at St John's Chapel, 154 Somerset St. W., Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., starting Sept. 24. The class will be taught by Peggy Campbell, yoga instructor and zen practitioner. No prior registration is required. This class is by donation. If possible, please bring your own yoga mat.
Friends of the Farm
Unless stated otherwise, contact information for Friends of the Farm events is 613 230 3276 and
The Friends of the Farm are looking for volunteers to work in the Ornamental gardens, Arboretum, Merivale Shelterbelt, Lilacs, and many other gardens at the Central Experimental Farm. Gardening begins in early May. For a volunteer form, please visit http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/volunteer.htm or call 613 230 3276.