Grapevine November 2023


ABBOTSFORD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTRE (950 Bank St.) BOOK SALE, Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pocket Book: $1.00, paperback: $2.00, hard cover: $3.00 or until December 22nd, fill a $10.00 bag (available at Reception) with as many books as it will hold.

ABBOTSFORD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTRE (950 Bank St., Tel.: 613-230-5730) HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Sat., Nov. 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Home-made crafts, ornaments, baby clothes, knit-wear, teddy bears & other delightful comfort creatures, pottery and clever gift ideas, home-baked goodies including frozen apple pies to go, and a Tea Room to restore, chat and enjoy the comfort of food and friends. All to support the Centre!

ABBOTSFORD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTRE (950 Bank St., Tel.: 613-230-5730) Learn & Explore Speaker’s Series, Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15: Marc St-Onge is Senior Emeritus Scientist for the Geological Survey of Canada. Marc is back by popular demand to present on the History of Canada and its Geological Survey. Bring pen and paper and be prepared for an engaging and enlightening hour. This will be held LIVE and on ZOOM simultaneously. Nov. 22: Peter Thomas MA is an historian by education and avocation. His talk “The Manuscripts of Timbuktu” will locate Timbuktu and cover how it came to be one of the wealthiest cities in Africa in the Middle Ages. He will address why and how it came to be the home to many thousands of ancient documents which were stored by the families of local librarians in Timbuktu. However, the documents came under threat of destruction when al-Qaeda invaded Timbuktu in 2012 so the librarians devised a plan to get them out of the city to a place of safety. This was fraught with danger. The talk will briefly cover what has happened to the manuscripts subsequently. This will be held LIVE and on ZOOM simultaneously. N.B.: The lectures are free but one must register in advance for a seat or ZOOM link. Tea/coffee and treats available for purchase in dining room courtesy of your Members Council.

CANCELLATION: CENTRE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP Due to the ongoing situation in Israel, our keynote speaker was unable to join us for “Sabotage: Women’s Resistance at Auschwitz – Holocaust Education Month Launch Event Commemorating Kristallnacht”, originally scheduled for Nov. 9, 2023. We made the difficult decision to postpone the event with plans to reschedule in the spring of 2024. Reservations already made for the event will be maintained. We look forward to welcoming you at that time.

FRIENDS OF THE FARM ANNUAL NON-DINNER Please join the Friends for our popular annual fundraiser. Not a single person will show up and we will be delighted. You can help the Friends of the Farm just by staying at home! Individual seats $25. Couples $50. Family $100. Table of Six $250. Community $500. Your support is greatly appreciated, and your donation is tax deductible. You can contribute by using our online fillable form for cheques or PayPal at

FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS FAIR is coming to town, Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trinity Anglican Church, 56 Cameron Ave., (613-733-7536). Do some Christmas shopping, stock up your larder and get your Christmas cards. Look in Frosty’s giant freezer where you can get delicious frozen meals and soups. Visit the Bakery Shop to pick up some of the best treats in town. Pick out gifts for your special people. Why not treat yourself too. There are tables of knitting, sewing and handmade gifts. Get beautifully made tree decorations. Select favourite items from the new-to-you jewellery shop. Finally, pick up next-to-new decorations to get ready for the season, all for a bargain.

GLEBE ST. JAMES CHURCH BAZAAR, Sat., Nov 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 650 Lyon St. The annual bazaar has many tables and once again a “wool room” and “Fish Pond”. And this year a silent auction. Come for 10 a.m. and stay for lunch. All is good.

In the spirit of the season, join MUSICA VIVA SINGERS for an evening of all things pastoral: ‘Dreams of Sheep’. This eclectic program includes songs of sheep and shepherds down the centuries, featuring Renaissance partsongs; a bit of Handel; contemporary works by Canadian composers Sarah Quartel, Christopher Ducasse, and Ruth Watson Henderson; and even a little Kate Bush! The concert takes place Mon., Dec. 1, 7:30 at Centretown United Church — or catch our reprise of the program on Dec. 15 at Orleans United Church. Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Low-Income, available from choir members or at the door; online tickets on Eventbrite or on the MVS website at It will run approximately an hour and a half with no intermission. Masks encouraged. Both venues are wheelchair accessible.

IMMACULATA HIGH SCHOOL MAC FAIR, Sat. Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Huge juried craft fair featuring over 90 local artisans showcasing their handmade work. Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street. Plenty of free parking. It’s a fundraiser to support extra-curricular and social justice initiatives and Christmas Hampers for hungry families. Information available on our website: Your $3 admission earns you a ticket to our raffle with dozens of quality handmade prizes. Early bird prizes for the first 30 adults through the doors at 10 a.m.!

OLD OTTAWA SOUTH GARDEN CLUB MEETING, Old Ottawa South Community Centre (The Firehall), 260 Sunnyside Ave., Tues., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.: Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library. Mélanie Ouellette, founder of the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (, will provide a presentation on how and why the library promotes gardening with native plants. Concepts will be introduced that include “habitat corridors” and the three pillars of the organization. Photographs of native wildflowers and gardens will be included. Membership: $25 per year, $40 for a family, drop-in fee $7 per meeting. Info: or 613-247-4946.

PROBUS Ottawa is welcoming new members from the Glebe and environs. Join your fellow retirees, near retirees and want-to-be retirees for interesting speakers and discussions, not to mention relaxed socializing. See our website: for more detailed information about the club and its activities as well as contact points, membership information, and meeting location. We will be meeting on Wed., Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Gloucester Presbyterian Church, 91 Pike St. for a presentation about the Influence of the Vikings on the English Language.

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET, Sat. Nov. 18, 10AM – 2PM, Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 1000 Byron. Purchase delicious homemade Ukrainian food – perogies, cabbage rolls, borshch, delicious baked goods and other sweet treats! Shop for unique Christmas gifts – one-of-a-kind items, local & imported Ukrainian arts and crafts, beautifully embroidered blouses that Ukraine is known for and lots more! For info or vendor tables, call 613-728-0856.


Just in time for the holidays, PUZZLES, SEASONALS CARDS AND A VARIETY OF BOOKS celebrating the farm can be purchased from the Friends of the Farm Boutique


SNOW SHOVELLER. Reliable, experienced, and energetic, for Dow’s Lake home. After every non-melting snowfall, light or heavy. Porches, walkways, patio (not driveway). Must have text and email to ensure efficient contact. Reply to:

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