The Kanata-Hazeldean Lions are gearing up for their annual winter carnival at Clarence Maheral Park in Glen Cairn on Feb. 9.
The Lions hold the event every year around the same time the city kicks off its Winterlude festivities, said Bill Switzer, chair of the winter carnival committee.
“We organize this day as part of Winterlude so there’s some local activity,” said Switzer. “It’s just part of our view of trying to give back to the community.”
The day will start with breakfast served inside the Lion Dick Brule Community Centre, with the doors opening at 8:30 a.m.
Lions Switzer and Rob Raven will be flipping pancakes, scrambling eggs and frying sausages for the breakfast crowd.
The day’s events include:
- Sleigh rides: 10 a.m. to noon.
Rays Reptiles show in the Lions Den from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Radical Science show about cold weather animals for pre-schoolers, ages three to five, in the Lions Den from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Euchre tournament in the Lions Den from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
The 1st Glen Cairn Scouts will serve hot chocolate outside the Lions Den during the event to take some of the edge off the cold weather, said Switzer.
The event usually attracts hundreds of residents.
“We typically get very positive feedback,” said Switzer.
HOCKEY DAY IN KANATA
The same day of the Lions’ winter carnival, the Glen Cairn Community Association will hold its annual Hockey Day in Kanata at the outdoor rink in Clarence Maheral Park.
Two teams of novice hockey players – ages seven and eight – will play a game of scrimmage at the rink starting at 10 a.m.
Federal Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will drop the puck to start the game.
“The most important thing is getting the young hockey players to embrace outdoor hockey,” said Rob Nino, president of the association and organizer of Hockey Day in Kanata. “That’s how everything began a long time ago – pond hockey.”
Nino said he expects approximately 20 families along with the two novice teams to attend the event, some of them visiting Clarence Maheral Park rink for the first time.
“It’s always fun for me,” said Nino. “I always bring new people into the community and they go, ‘Where does this rink come from?’
“In my opinion (it’s) one of the best in town.”
Nino said he will encourage participants to arrive a little early for the game so they can enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Lions Den and stay a little later to enjoy some of the festivities at the winter carnival.