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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DiscoverRec: December, 2015



Happy Holidays from Parks, 

Recreation and Cultural 

Services!

Start your holiday shopping here



We have the perfect gift for everyone on your list and it isn't one
size fits all. The City of Ottawa offers convenient and affordable 
gift certificates, available at your neighbourhood city facility
Think fitness class, pottery, ballroom dance, swimming lessons, 
learn to skate, soccer skills program, martial arts, yoga, play 
group – and those are just a few of the options. No one will return 
this gift! Everyone loves to play, so visit your local recreation 
and culture facility to get your holiday shopping started today.

Don't hibernate - Join a class!


Winter brings a whole new season with a wealth of options for
having fun in your spare time. Snow and ice means tobogganing, 
skating, skiing, snowshoeing and winter walks; all great activities 
to get your cheeks rosy while having a blast with your friends 
outdoors.

For indoor fun, we have hundreds of classes and activities, 
such as pottery, martial arts, yoga, ballroom dancing, 
painting, basketball, tai chi, indoor cycling, dog obedience, 
strength training and guitar lessons.

Check the online recreation guides for classes and activities 
for everyone in your life.

Christmas Holiday activities


Register now for holiday camps for children or plot your 
swimming outings using the Christmas Holiday search 
feature on the Public Swim and Skate schedules. 
Join us for fun!

RBC Free Public Skating 

Weekends


Compliments of RBC, all public skating sessions held in 
City arenas on Saturdays and Sundays are free again this 
winter!  Free skating is on now until March 27, 2016. 
Check public skating schedules on ottawa.ca for dates, 
times and locations.

Letters to Santa


Join us at the City of Ottawa Archives to create your letter to Santa. You will also get to make crafts, decorate cookies and hear traditional holiday stories. Bring your whole family. It's free! December 5, from 9 am to 3 pm at 100 Tallwood Drive.

Elves of the Estate


Do you have a little elf at home?! At the Elves of the Estate event, kids can dress up like elves, meet Santa, read stories with Mrs. Claus, and make their parents a secret gift!

Billings Estate National Historic Site on December 19 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Vintage Village of Lights


Why leave Ottawa to make lifelong family holiday memories in a village of lights?! Our beautifully illuminated village has more than 30,000 lights that transform what you see during the day into a magical night-time sea of sparkle. Tour the village by horse-drawn wagon ride, learn the history of letters to Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, enjoy activities like street hockey and sledding, and even see the big guy himself – Santa Claus! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning December 4 to December 20 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

 Get inspired this Winter


Explore your artistic side with accomplished instructors in a creative and dynamic environment. Find a class at either the Nepean Creative Arts Centre or the Nepean Visual Arts Centre.

Get fit for the holidays


Why wait until the New Year to make your health a priority? Recent statistics show that a whopping 25 per cent of New Year's Resolutions are abandoned within 15 weeks. With aerobics, racquet sports, weight/cardio, indoor cycling, aquafitness, swimming and skating, the City's fitness memberships offer a multitude of fun ways to get fit now before the holiday season begins.

Our flexible membership options are conveniently valid city-wide, making it easy to incorporate physical activity into your day. Start forming healthy habits now and come the Holidays you'll be more energized, less stressed and ready to enjoy all the fun the season has to offer.

Cross country ski your way to a healthy winter


Cross Country Skiing is one of the healthiest activities you can do!  Add the beautiful, natural scenery along the trails of Mooney's Bay and you've got the perfect recipe for some healthy winter fun!   Cross Country Skiing programs include introductory, novice, intermediate and advanced level courses. Register now for a FREE information session on December 14 and check out the Recreation Guide to learn more about our exhilarating winter programs.

Curling at Nepean Sportsplex


With the best curling rates in Ottawa, the Nepean Sportsplex Curling Rink is home to over 25 curling leagues, and hosts numerous corporate bonspiels. Curling is a great way to celebrate a holiday party or have a team building event. Multiple levels of curling lessons are also offered to children, adults and seniors. All levels of fitness are welcome.  For curling information contact Gord MacGregor at 613-580-2424 extension 46681 or Gord.macgregor@ottawa.ca

Jump, jive and wail at the City's Big Band Dances


Adults of all ages are invited to Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre to swing to the hits of the 40's and 50's! People come from all over to hear the sounds of Ottawa's best Big Bands and dance the night away!  Featuring The Grey Jazz Big Band, join us Thursday, December 3. Tickets are $19 in advance or $23 at the door and include a light buffet. Cash bar available. Call 613-828-4313 for more information. 

Cold water alert...stay away!


The water temperature of lakes and rivers is now dangerously cold and it is important that residents remember to stay well away from waterways.  Water levels this year are higher than usual and are accompanied by soft, slippery banks that are treacherous, particularly for young children, and family pets. Curious toddlers are often drawn to fast-flowing water but do not understand the dangers, please know where your children are at all times, and let them know to stay away! And always have your dog on a leash when near waterways.