Expanding capacity at the GCC

GNAG’s pirate-themed Halloween party wowed kids and parents both.   Photo: GNAG

The Ontario government recently announced the lifting of limits on capacity for indoor activities. This means GNAG can finally reinstate special events and fundraisers back into the Glebe Community Centre.

GNAG continues to prioritize a safe environment for all. To that end, we are maintaining the following protocols:

  • Proof of full vaccination in conjunction with acceptable ID will be required before entering the GCC. (Children who do not qualify for vaccination are exempt).
  • Gradually increase program size to regular capacity where possible while encouraging physical distancing.
  • Health screening is still required prior to entering the facility.
  • Wearing facemask and hand sanitizing is still required.
  • Staff will continue to sanitize high touch points on a regular basis.

We understand that some are still not ready to come back to in-person activities, so we will continue to offer some online classes

GNAG events, fundraisers and programs have been an important part of our community. Our fundraisers bring people together while raising money to support programs such as financial assistance, affordable programming, capital community project, community outreach and more. The return of community fundraisers and expanded programming will also help GNAG move towards a more fulsome recovery. We look forward to seeing you back at the GCC.

GNAG Artisan and Craft Fair on November 20 & 21 and 27 & 28!

For over 40 years, this fundraiser has featured the highest quality, locally made merchandise.

This show has usually run on a single weekend event but after the cancellation of last year’s in-person show, we decided this year’s show will run over two weekends, four days in all. This beautiful, juried show features more than 50 local artisans who create gorgeous spa products, original home décor, handcrafted jewellery, unique art and delectable treats. Please visit events.gnag.ca/craft/. Sponsored by Amica The Glebe, opening in summer 2022 (amica.ca/glebe or 613-233-6363).

Online Trivia Night in the Glebe, November 19

Join GNAG’s dynamic duo, Brad Sigouin and Geoff Kellow, on Friday, November 19 at 8:30 p.m. on Zoom! Team up virtually with your friends from the comfort of your own home and enjoy an evening of hilarity and friendly competition as you try to win the Neighbourhood Exceptional Reasoning Distinction (the NERD). Tickets are on sale now. Register your team at GNAG.ca. Sponsored by Telus.

Diversity, Inclusion and Culture through the Arts, December 4 & 5

I met recently with artist and musician Wise Atangana of Ottawa’s Afro Black Cultural and Media Centre, which raises awareness of systemic racism to create a better future for Ottawa’s underprivileged black youth and immigrants. Its goal is to raise self-esteem in those affected by societal injustices by teaching leadership skills through mentoring and outreach programs.

It is with great pleasure that GNAG will partner with the centre for our first two-day event on Diversity, Culture and the Arts. During the weekend of December 4 –5, there will be workshops led in French by professional artists on creative writing, drumming and dance. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned during the open mic portion of the event.

Saturday night’s event will also include a social-distance dance featuring Afro beat, bachata, hip-hop, salsa beat, African drumming and more.

Saturday Talent Show: Saturday, December 4, 6–11 p.m., for 13 years and older. Admission is $40 plus HST per person.

Family Fun Times: Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m., for all ages. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $35 per person per session or family price $30 per participant per session.

More information to come at GNAG.ca.

GNAG Halloween Party Success!

On October 24, 370 children and parents were wowed by GNAG’s incredible pirate-themed Halloween event. Over 500 volunteer hours were spent planning, designing, constructing, preparing and decorating the entire GCC lower level, transforming it into a giant haunted pirate ship.

This event could not have happened without the imagination and energy of our amazing team. Here is what people said about the event: “Thank you so much for a truly excellent pirates’ adventure on Sunday.” “My girls loved it! Thanks for making it so special for the neighbourhood kids this year!” “The haunted houses were unbelievable. The amount of planning and detail and preparation was clearly ridiculous. The kids had the best, best time. Thank you so much to everyone involved. You are all incredible and we appreciate you so much.”

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