Grapevine October 2023

October 2023


ABBOTSFORD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTRE (950 Bank St., Tel.: 613-230-5730) Learn & Explore Speaker’s Series, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. ­­– Oct. 18: Paul McAllister, SRES, Real Estate Broker will present Decluttering, Downsizing & Finding a New Home. To sell a family home, declutter, downsize, find a new dwelling and move is a daunting task. Paul will ‘feed us’ the best practices in manageable bite sizes! It will be held LIVE and on ZOOM simultaneously. – Oct. 25: Renu Pillay is the owner and pharmacist of Whole Health Pharmacy Glebe. He has been invited to present on what a Compounding Pharmacy is and how this service helps individuals meet their specific needs. He will also touch on the importance, usage of and the variety of compression stockings available in our local pharmacy. This will be held LIVE and on ZOOM simultaneously. – Nov. 1: What is the difference between Long Term Care and Retirement Residence Living? A representative from Amica the Glebe Retirement Residence and Garry J. Armstrong Long Term Care deliver a session on the different supports, services, health care and pricing that you can expect in both long term care and retirement living. We’ll answer questions that are on people’s minds when looking into options for themselves and their loved ones. LIVE only. – Nov. 8: Join author Ainalem Tebje, who will be presenting her two novels, My Love Story in Broken English and The Refugee. The first tells the story of a bride who stands up against cultural traditions, the second her realities as a refugee. Ainalem’s experience as a refugee, journalist, reporter and editor brings life to her extraordinary tales. This will be held LIVE and on ZOOM simultaneously. – 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. ­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.


ABBOTSFORD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTRE (950 Bank St., Tel.: 613-230-5730) HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Sat., Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 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 proceeds to support the Centre!


CAPITAL REGION MODEL RAILWAY TOUR 2023 (CRMRT), Sat., Oct. 21. We have lined up over a dozen layouts in Ottawa and Gatineau that illustrate some of the best model railroading in the region. No inflation here! Admission is still only $10 for the day, and persons 15 years old and younger can see the trains for free. Because the tour requires entering private homes, we must ask everyone who wishes to visit the layouts to register with the tour first. For more information about registration, please visit our website at – We hope you will join us on the 2023 in-person tour.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE of Susan Virginia “Ginny” Grimshaw (May 16, 1950 – January 17, 2023), Saturday October 21st, 2023 from 1- 3 p.m. at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry’s central chapel at 315 McLeod Street in Ottawa. Much loved daughter of Ollie and Barb Mabee (predeceased), cherished wife of Bill Grimshaw (predeceased), Ginny was treasured by her son, Tobin and daughter, Jennifer (Emma, Raegan). Ginny loved her community and gave back through volunteering (Heart and Stroke Foundation, Glebe Report, Mutchmor). Her signature blonde hair and “side pony” made her easy to spot around the Glebe.


COFFEE TO COCKTAILS debut feature film from local Ottawa filmmaker Andrew Brannen will be shown at the Mayfair Theatre on Saturday, November 11th, from 2 to 5 pm. Coffee to Cocktails follows a revolving door of conversations at a single café table as the afternoon slips away and the drink of choice goes from coffee to cocktails. Director Andrew Brannen will attend a post-screening Q&A session and raffle. Advance tickets available online on the Mayfair Theatre’s website at


FRIENDS OF THE FARM USED BOOK SALE, Oct. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Friends of the Farm, Building 72, Arboretum (east of the Prince of Wales roundabout). For more details, go to


GLEBE ST. JAMES CHURCH BAZAAR, Sat., Nov 25, 10 a.m. to 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.


HERITAGE OTTAWA Who Can Help Me with This Old House? Workshop, an introductory workshop explicitly for owners and prospective owners of older homes in Ottawa. This full-day workshop will provide guidance and resources for homeowners from those knowledgeable in their field. Topics at the introductory workshop include:

  • Understanding Your Older Home: Its history, local context and evolution
  • The Exterior Environment: Creating an appropriate setting for your home
  • Heritage Properties and Maintenance: How the City of Ottawa can help!
  • Financing and Insuring an Older Home
  • Best Sustainability Practices: Tackling conservation issues in your older home
  • A Guide to Seeking Professional Renovation Services

Date: October 14, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bayview Yards Innovation Centre, 7 Bayview Station Road, or join us via Zoom, registration:

Contact Heritage Ottawa at or call 613-230-8841.


KNOX CHURCH ANNUAL HARVEST BAZAAR, corner of Lisgar and Elgin, Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Come for the delicious home baking and deli goods and stay to view the quality collectibles, jewellery and accessories.  Find just what you’ve been looking for in attic treasures, visit the crafts table, and browse our book room for fiction and non-fiction. Take a break in our cafe for a chili lunch or a sweet and coffee, and visit our beautiful Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome! Parking for just $2 is available at City Hall, just across the street.


LIVE FROM THE GLEBE presents two events featuring concert pianist Luke Welch on Oct.  28 at Glebe-St. James United Church. At 10 a.m., Luke shares a masterclass called, “Chasing the Dream: The Power of Determination,” an opportunity to hear about the pressures of performance, about repetitive strain injuries common to pianists and about recovery and self-care. At 3 p.m., Luke performs selections from his new, award-winning album, “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Works.” Cost for each event: pay what you can (suggested amount $25).


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 to be introduced 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., Oct. 25 for a presentation about Canadian Casualty Identification Project.


PUZZLE AND BOOK SALE, First Avenue Public School, 73 First Ave., Fri., Oct. 27, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will support our school library.


Annual UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET on Sat. Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 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 more information or vendor tables, call 613-728-0856.




HOUSESITTING IN THE GLEBE! Are you leaving town for the season or an extended period of time to vacation or just to the cottage and need a HOUSESITTER? Do you need someone to care for your home, water plants, pick up mail, garden, supervise renovations, shovel snow, etc.? I am a young lady who studies theology/bible at home with several years of recent HOUSESITTING experience in the GLEBE. I have excellent references from many family homes in the Glebe I have cared for and lived in over the last 5 years. I love caring for animals, especially puppies! Please contact Sara  /  613-682-0602.




AUTHENTIC CANADA GOOSE AQUA BLUE BOMBER JACKET in size Small, hardly worn one season. Come see, no obligation to buy, just want a fair price. Please phone 613-220-2211 in the Glebe.

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