As the temperature falls well below freezing, winter programming is heating up for communities in Ottawa’s east end.
Community activity groups, community centres and community associations all have a number of activities to keep families busy this winter.
In New Edinburgh, the start of 2013 welcomes both a new name and new line of programming for the Crichton Cultural Community Centre. Starting this month, the centre will be called the New Edinburgh Community and Art Centre. Since moving out of its original site at 200 Crichton St. in late 2011, the centre has undergone a major transformation at New Edinburgh House, and a name change is just the latest part of that transformation.
“We think the new name is a more accurate representation of what we do now, what we’re offering now, and where we’re going in the future.” said Paula Thompson, the board’s secretary.
The centre is preparing to launch a Friday night movie festival, which begins on Jan. 25 with An Evening of Local Cinema. The entry fee is a suggested donation of $5.
The centre is also now offering more children’s programming, including infant massage instruction, introduction to world music, martial arts classes and a family drumming circle.
For adults there is introduction to acting, introduction to playing ukulele, French for beginners and intermediates, art for seniors, seniors’ lunch and social, mixed media arts and a friendly bridge and euchre drop in program.
A complete listing of all the winter programs is available on the centre’s website at www.crichtonccc.ca.
The Community Activities Group in Old Ottawa East’s winter program is also now available online at www.ottawaeastcag.ca. Among the new programs is a free new parent course to help new mothers and fathers handle their new bundles of joy in a happy, healthy environment. Registration is required.
Family nutrition courses, March break and after school activities are also available for residents to sign up. Mom and Me Bootcamp and zumba classes will offer free babysitting.
In Old Ottawa South, the Brewer Pool re-opened on Jan. 2 for swimming and aquatic classes and activities after an extended maintenance period. Registration for aquatic programs has started and is available online at ottawa.ca, by phone at 613-580-2588 or in person at the front counter of any facility.