Weekender

THE WEEKENDER: A little taste of Vancouver, a little bit of Ireland, and a whole lot of outdoor adventure ideas

COMPANY
A musical comedy about a single man, all his married friends, and his three girlfriends… Yes, Company explores the nature of marriage. The plot is told in vignettes that revolve around the 35th birthday party of Robert, played by James Barron. A Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Co. production. Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17, curtain at 8 p.m. $15, students and seniors $12. Carleton University’s Kailash Mital Theatre, snbtheatre.com.

CLOTHING SALE
Pack away your winter-wear and make room for spring. The Fourth Avenue Baptist Church is putting on its first ever fashion-clothing sale. They promise a large collection of consignment clothing and accessories. Cash only. Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, 109A Fourth Ave., fourthavebaptist.ca.

THE OUTDOOR & ADVENTURE TRAVEL SHOW
Dive in to an adventure-filled summer. Check out destinations at the Outdoor and Adventure Travel Show — from exotic hot spots and safaris to eco-holidays and camping trips. Canoe, kayak, and scuba experts show off in demo pools and there will be lots of gear for biking, hiking, water, and mountain sports. Seminar headliners include travel journalist and TV star Ian Wright of Lonely Planet. Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12, online advance tickets $8, 17 years and under free. CE Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., www.adventureottawa.com.

ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS
The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is in Ottawa for one night only.  The Children’s Wish Foundation is putting on an evening inspired by the entertainment capital of the world. Enjoy a four-course meal followed by live music with Johnny Vegas & the All-Star Band and DJ Lucas. A photo booth, a Wish Wheel, Showgirls, and a silent auction are added entertainment. Friday, March 16, 6 p.m. $60, or $550 for a table of 10, all proceeds go to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Sala San Marco, 215 Preston St., www.onenightinvegas2012.com.

HEY OCEAN & OTHERS
One of Canada’s most successful independent bands, Hey Ocean plays a blend of pop and indie music. The Vancouver band released its third studio album, IS, this month. Ashleigh Ball, David Vertesi, and David Beckingham promise a spirited live performance. Aidan Knight and local band The Donna Litas open. Thursday March 15, 8 p.m. $13. Ritual Night Club, 137 Besserer St. Tickets available at Vertigo Records, The Record Shaap or at www.ticketweb.ca

INSECTS AND PESTS
Kids learn how to be curators of their favourite things. The Insects and Pests workshop takes you behind the scenes at a museum. Bring you’re a much-loved collectible and learn how to properly care for and display it. Learn about the impact of mould, bugs, humans, and environmental factors that lead to the breakdown of artifacts — and how to avoid them. Presented by the Conservation Club. Geared to ages 7 to 12 years. Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $6. Billings Estate Museum, 2100 Cabot St., ottawa.ca/museums.

CONTRA DANCE
Move to traditional Irish and Quebecois music. Contra dancing doesn’t require fancy footwork — all you need is to be able to walk forward and feel a beat. A community form of dance, it’s great exercise and family-friendly. This week is a special free event for those under 30, with live music performed by the Old Sod Band and Emily Addison. No partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. $12, 30 years and under free. Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Rd., www.ottawacontra.ca.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the spirits of the original Irish immigrants. The luncheon takes place in Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, which was built by the Irish 130 years ago and is now home to the National Irish-Canadian Cultural Centre. Enjoy a filling lunch, and some traditional music and dancing. Live entertainment by Dan McHale & Friends. The event is part of the Irish Week festivities. Saturday, March 17, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.. $35. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St., www.saintbrigidscentre.ca.

 

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