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Volunteers needed at Madonna nursing home in Orleans

Residents need assistance with feeding, primarily at dinnertime. Also, friendly faces are needed to take residents for walks or activities held at Madonna. Or, just to engage an isolated resident in conversation. This does not require more than a couple hours a week but will make a great difference in a resident’s life. If you are able to assist, contact: Liliene Mey Yee, recreational director, 613-824-2040 ext 705

Call Out For Volunteers

The Orléans Festival is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, tear-down, barricades, kids' zone, security, greeting and directing artists and many other activities during the event. For more info and/or to sign up, please visit today.

The 60th Canadian Tulip Festival welcomes volunteers

All those who wish to volunteer for this year’s Tulip Festival, running from May 4 to 21, can send in an email to to offer their services.

Teens and Technology: Sexting, Cyberbullying, Safety and Mental Health

The Ottawa Police Service and local school boards are hosting free ‘Teens and Technology’ information sessions to teach parents and educators about sexting, cyber bullying, safety and mental health. An English presentation will be available on May 8 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Earl of March High School, 4 The Parkway, Kanata. Two French sessions will also be offered May 10 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Béatrice Desloges High School, 1999 Provence Avenue, Orléans and May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., at De La Salle High School, 501 Old St. Patrick, Ottawa. No registration is required and free parking is available.

Moving/Garage Sale

Moving sale on May 12, 2012 at 1553 Belcourt Blvd, Orleans (corner of Belcourt and Carriere) with items for everyone.  Glassware, toys, girl’s bicycle, tricycle, bar stools, dishes, Espresso maker, dressers, cupboards, household items, workshop items, books, reno supplies, weigh lifting bar, fish tanks, fish tank pumps, gardening items, and much, much more. Don’t miss this sale!

Enjoy the Tulip Festival flower beds

The Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club invites citizens to join them for a 5 or 11 km walk on May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., from the RA Centre, Tennis court parking lot, 2451 Riverside Drive. Participation is free. Information: David 613-728-9510 or

Explore paths on both sides of the river during the Tulip Festival

Join the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club on May 13 for a 5 or 11 km walk. Start time 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Major’s Hill Park, entrance immediately behind the Chateau Laurier. Participation is free. Information: David 613-728-9510 or

Come and see “The Devil Came on Horseback”

On Thursday, May 24, Do More Canada Inc. will hold a movie showing for the film “The Devil Came on Horseback” at the Mayfair Theatre Orleans. Half of proceeds will be donated to Global Grassroots for their ongoing work in empowering women victims in rebuilding their communities.

Planting seedlings, volunteers needed

Volunteers needed on Saturday May 26 at 9:30 a.m. to plant trees in rain or shine in Cardinal Creek at three select locations: the path between Heatherstone Crescent and Everlasting Way (Springridge North), the ravine area behind Bergamot Circle near Park 18B, and Glandriel Park in East-Village (Valin Street). The trees are seedlings and are provided by the City of Ottawa Forestry Services. Supervised children are welcome. Bring a shovel, boots and gloves. Please confirm your presence with

Discover Russell

The Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club invites you to discover Russell, Ontario on May 26 by participating in a 5 or 10 km walk. Start time 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. from Angelo’s Restaurant, 1128 Concession Street, Russell. Social after the event. Participation is free. Information: Benoît 613-746-9071 or

Ottawa Independent Writers Spring Writers’ Retreat & Workshop:

At the retreat you will write undisturbed for two and half days in the privacy of your room, in one of the delightful lounges or under a big pine tree. Cost: All inclusive - 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and snacks, $285 for OIW members and $340 for non-members. The 2-1/2-day workshop will examine plot structure under the guidance of award-winning writer Gary Miller, whose instruction will help get your manuscript to the top of the pile when it's sent to a publisher. Cost: 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and snacks: $385.30 for OIW members; $440.30 for non-members. May 31 - June 3 at the Marguerite Centre, Pembroke. Info: Susan Jennings:

Lions Breakfast

Start your day with a Lions Breakfast on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland. Full breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m at $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

The season’s first summer evening pub walk

The Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club invites everyone to this season’s first summer evening pub walk on June 12. Start time 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. from Jonny Canuks, 900 Waters Rd, Orléans. Enjoy a cold reward after your 5 or 10 km walk! Participation is free. Information: Kathy 613-830-7437 or

The Ottawa Mommy Club

Visit their free information website about parenting, resources, family related issues, upcoming events and much more, along with a monthly meet up, newsletters and contests. It’s free to join!

Annual Community Garage Sale

Don’t miss the Annual Community Garage Sale organized by the Cumberland Community Association at RJ Kennedy Community Centre. Rent a space $10. Info: Jim DeViller 613 833-2393

Blood Donor Clinics in Orleans

Canadian Blood Services will be holding monthly blood donor clinics at Divine Infant Church located at 6658 Bilberry Dr. For more information or to book an appointment, call 1 888 2 DONATE (English). You can also go to the website at

We need your help!

Are you organizing an event? Is there something interesting happening in your community? Well, we want to know about it! Help us build our "Community Billboard" section so that we can keep all of Orleans and Cumberland posted on what's going on in the neighbourhood. Please send any suggestions to

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Organizations: Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club, Ottawa Police Service, Béatrice Desloges High School De La Salle High School RA Centre Do More Canada Mayfair Theatre Orleans Ottawa Forestry Services Marguerite Centre RJ Kennedy Community Blood Services Divine Infant Church Cumberland

Geographic location: Orleans, Ottawa, 1999 Provence Avenue Belcourt Hill Park Glandriel Park East-Village Ontario 1128 Concession Street 2552 Old Montreal Road Cumberland Community

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