Tis’ the season to give back, so why not start this week with Ethiopiaid Canada’s second annual gala and fundraiser for maternal health. The local organization has been dedicated to alleviating poverty and increasing access to health and education in Ethiopia since 1989. The evening will include a silent auction, inspiring guest speaker Dr. Gretchen Roedde, and a delicious Ethiopian dinner provided by local restaurant Blue Nile. Thursday, December 5. 6:30 p.m. Adults $35/ students $25. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street.
A Joyful Christmas
The University of Ottawa Choir invites you to join them for an evening of Holiday fun. Accompanied by brass, percussion, and piano, Director Michel Guimont will lead the bilingual choir through Christmas songs old and new. Friday, December 6. 8 p.m. Adults $25/$20 in advance; students $10. St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave. E.
Christmas in Killarney
Beloved Celtic family band the Barra MacNeils will bring their special brand of East Coast charm back to Ottawa for a special Christmas concert. Performing a selection of original holiday songs, the band will serenade you with Gaelic ballads one moment, and in the next, make you get up and dance with their mad fiddle/piano/accordion mashups. Monday, December 9. $55. 7:30 p.m. Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
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Discover what Christmas was all about back in the day. This enchanting exhibit explores holiday traditions, carols, decorating, and storytelling from the past. Festive crafts and a visit with Santa Claus himself guarantees an afternoon of family fun. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening until Sunday, December 22. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. $7/ $18 per family. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd.
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