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Adult Fitness
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Home Buyers & Real Estate Series
Manor Park Strings
Adult Workshops
Manor Park Talks


Adult Fitness

Core and Full Body Workout (For Men)

Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey, or you are looking to build on past progress -- this class has something for everyone! Instructor Louise Hannant's personalized approach to group fitness will have everyone hitting their fitness goals.

Classes start with a 15 minute warm-up with high intensity intervals (HIIT), followed by balance and strength exercises for the whole body. You'll do squats, push-ups, planks, side planks and much more. The hour ends with a thorough stretch and time for mindful relaxation.

By focusing on the deep core muscles, you gain the strength and stability needed to support and protect your body during physical activity. Proper training of the core provides better posture and balance while supporting our joints and spine. 

Mats, gliders, therabands, small balls, stability balls, and music provided.

Instructor: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
                    

Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Manor Park Public School Small Gym
$75 per 8-class session
$12 Drop-In
Register online

Yin Yoga

Ring in the New Year with the MPCC through a blend of yoga, meditation and essential oils. Yin yoga is the practice of stillness. Instructor Nathalie Gagnon will guide participants through a series of poses that are gently held for 3-5 minutes, allowing you to let go and connect to your body. As you stretch and reflect calming essential oils will be diffused to further allow for the ability to feel yourself present and steady.

This class is open to all skill levels. 

Instructor: Nathalie Gagnon

Fridays
7:00 - 8:00am 
Manor Park Community Centre
$75 per 8-class session
​$12 Drop-In
Register online.

Heart Wise Programs

Programs displaying this Heart Wise symbol are accredited by the uOttawa Heart Institute.  At Heart Wise programs, participants are assured that the programs meet strict criteria, provide excellent exercise for the heart, are safe to do, promote longevity -- and contribute to an active (and healthy) lifestyle.

Party HEARTy 

The most fun you can have while getting your heart rate up! A program of dance aerobics to upbeat Latin music makes every class a party.
Dance elements from cha-cha, rhumba, tango -- but participants don't need to know how to dance! No partners needed.  No experience needed.  It's easy! Shouldn't everyone dance in the afternoon?

Instructor:  Michael Markov 

Wednesdays
12:30 - 1:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$75 per 8-class session
​$12 Drop-In
Register online

Fridays
12:30 - 1:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$75 per 8-class session
​$12 Drop-In
Register online

Stay Strong and Stable

This class for adults is strength and stability training in a fun atmosphere. A great introduction to exercises that strengthen the legs and work on balance. This training can add years of independent living while in good health, and the opportunity to manage chronic conditions. Participants will learn how to stay safe by preventing falls.  

Instructors: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
                   Nina LePage, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

Tuesdays 
12:30 - 1:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$50 per 8-week session
$7 Drop-In
Register online.

Thursdays
11:30 - 12:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$50 per 8-class session
$7 Drop-In
Register online


Adult Art

Watercolour Painting with Laurie Hemmings

Laurie's classes have gathered a large and loyal following of artists -- and are known to sell-out! Join them and learn from a master. Classes  are on Saturday mornings in the newly renovated Manor Park Community Centre. Individual style is encouraged with lots of one-on-one instruction. Specific lessons will be discussed in the first session. All skill levels welcome. Supplies not included. 

Instructor: Laurie Hemmings, OWS.  Laurie has painted in watercolour for the last 35 years and has taught art to the local Ottawa community for 30 years. Winner of president’s, Jurors’ and Public Choice awards at juried exhibits with the Ottawa watercolour Society and Arteast, Laurie was also represented by Galerie d’Art Nicholas Art Gallery from 1982 to 1997.  Now representing herself, Laurie enjoys painting rural landscape and animal subject matter. 
 
Supply list:
# 10 or #12 size soft bulb brush for watercolour
Medium sized white palette
Water jar
Watercolour paper (3 sheets 22 x 28) or 16 x 20 watercolour block of paper
Watercolour paints – colours (suggested only): Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Alizarin Crimson,
Scarlet lake, Viridian, Utramarine Blue and Pthalo Blue.
 
Saturdays
10:00 - 12:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre, 100 Thornwood Road

January 19 to March 9, 2019 - CANCELLED
$170

April 20 to June 15, 2019
$170
Register online

Calligraphy & Handlettering with Laurie Hemmings

Learn the skills needed to create beautiful calligraphy and handlettering. Calligraphy and handlettering are trendy and fun ways to add that personal touch you've been looking for to cards, gift tags, place cards and more! Spice up your instagram or personalized thank you cards with beautiful handwritten quotes and affirmations. A fun and timeless skill to learn at any age.

A 4 week course for anyone wanting to learn the basics and hone their skills. All skill levels welcome!

Supply list: Calligraphy pen set, including cartridges (available at Staples, De Serres, Wallacks, etc.) Note: suitable practice paper will be supplied in class!

Sundays
March 24 to April 14, 2019
1:00 - 2:30pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Centre
$90
Register online

Intro to Acrylics with Lindsay Watson

Get the most out of your acrylics! Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing, composition, and paint application while exploring traditional and non-traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits, and abstraction.  All skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Lindsay Watson, BFA

Wednesdays (8 weeks)
January 23 to March 20, 2019
9:30am – 12:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Centre
$170
Register online

Artist’s Pocket Course: Portraiture

Put portraits in your pocket! Explore the skills needed for accurate and expressive portraiture, including   facial proportions, shading, and front, 3 /4, and profile views.

Instructor: Lindsay Watson, BFA

Mondays (4 weeks)
January 21 to February 11, 2019
12:30 – 2:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Centre
$85
Register online

Artist’s Pocket Course: Pastels

Pastels, the most underrated of all art supplies. Put pastels in your pocket! Learn how to render, shade and blend your chalk pastels while exploring different drawing subjects, such as landscape and still-life.

Instructor: Lindsay Watson, BFA

Mondays (4 weeks)
February 25 to March 25, 2019
12:30 – 2:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Centre
$85
Register online

Mommy & Me Art with Lindsay Watson

At home with your little one? Want to learn a new skill while introducing your budding artist to their creative side? Join us in the exploration of painting, drawing and sculpture!  All materials provided. All materials are non-toxic and child safe.

Instructor: Lindsay Watson, BFA
 
Mondays
April 15 to May 13, 2019
12:30 – 2:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Centre
$85
Register online


Special Interests

The Manor Park Knitting Circle

Have a project you're working on? Need help getting something started or learning a new stitch? Say 'hello' to Manor Park's new Knitting Circle.

Join Marianne van derJagt & Christine Bloch for a weekly social knitting club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Light refreshments from local businesses will be provided for your enjoyment.

Attending is free! But a small weekly donation to The Opportunity Fund is welcomed.

Thursdays
January 17, 2019 to April 11, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Center
Register to attend

Sew Amazing Sundays

This group of sewists will meet every other Sunday at the Manor Park Community Center to work on, and assist each other with, various projects and skills.

Need somewhere to sew with likeminded individuals? Need some assistance with a difficult pattern? Join the group and share your love of fabric hoarding, project starting and the immense gratification that finishing the perfect project brings!

Specialized workshops lead by expert community businesses begin in 2019.

Every other Sunday
October 28 to March 31, 2019
1:00 – 3:00pm
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Center
$5 per open-sew session
Register to attend

Log Cabin Market Tote Bag: a Workshop

Join experienced teacher and sewist, Ingrid Fish, as she walks you through the proper steps to creating this timeless tote bag with built in 'log cabin' design.

The 'log cabin' is a classic pattern that every sewist should learn! Sewists will walk away with a sturdy tote bag, perfect for carrying your groceries or all of life’s bits and pieces.

Workshop is 2 sessions, bi-weekly. Supplies not included. Sewing machine required.

Sundays
February 10 & 24, 2019
1:00 – 4:00pm
$60.00
Register to attend


Home Buyers and Real Estate Series

In partnership with Natalie Belovic

Register to attend.

Investment Real Estate
February 6, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm

Thinking of adding real estate to your investment portfolio? Learn the different types of real estate available for you to buy -- and the pros and cons of each style of property.

A mortgage expert will discuss financing options and requirements. A lawyer be on hand to discuss types of ownership, partnerships etc. An accountant will presents tax and financial implications to consider. An inspector will explain the importance of thorough building evaluations.
 
Do you stay or do you go? Considering Downsizing.
March 6, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
 
Explore different scenarios related to the decision to move. What does downsizing really look like from a physical and financial perspective? What kinds of supports exist for those wishing to age at home? Should you consider a reverse mortgage to create cash flow?

A panel of experts will be on hand to discuss these topics and help guide you towards your best decision.
 
Love It or List It: renovate or move?
March 20, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
 
This session will explore the pros and cons of undertaking major and minor renovations of your home. A panel of experts will discuss design, costing, time frames, the inconveniences of renovating, and of course, return on investment. Even if you are thinking of selling, upgrading your property prior to putting it on the market puts more money into your pocket -- and results in a quicker, easier sale. 

Buying 101
March 27, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
 
If you are thinking about buying your first home, these two interactive hours will be well worth your investment. Learn the role of the Realtor and how they should benefit you, get a sense of the Ottawa market as a whole and what you can expect in different communities.
 
A mortgage specialist will walk you through the pre approval process and the requirements from lenders.  A lawyer will explain their role in the transaction. A building inspector will be on hand to explain the inspection process and things to be on the lookout for.


Manor Park Strings

Calling all string musicians! Manor Park Strings, Manor Park’s newly established chamber orchestra is looking for people who play violin, viola, cello and bass. United by their enjoyment of learning and playing a classical repertoire together, this group meets bi-weekly at the newly renovated Manor Park Community Center for guided rehearsals. Brigitte Amyot (Masters in Chamber Music, University of Ottawa), who directs the group, guides with years of expertise. 

New players, especially violins and violas, are welcomed. Approximately Grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music or Suzuki Book 4 levels are recommended.

The musicians meet every second Sunday evening at the Manor Park Community Centre (100 Thornwood Road) from 6:00 – 8:00pm, starting September 16th, 2018. Interested musician should contact us.


Adult Workshops

Warm Hearts Lunch Club

Fill your tummy and the food bank! Chef Deb Abbott, known in the Ottawa community for her generous heart and delicious food, will be leading some tantalizing workshops this winter at Manor Park.

Participants will learn how to and help prepare a delicious meal, then sit down with their fellow participants to enjoy a beautiful lunch! Participants will leave knowing that they’ve also helped their
community because a second portion of the meal will be donated to the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Center’s Food Bank or High Jinx, a social enterprise.

All ages and skill levels welcome. The Warm Hearts Lunch Club meets on Tuesdays, 10:30am - 12:30pm, at the Manor Park Community Centre.  $30 per workshop.

Warm Moroccan Dish with Winter Citrus Salad
January 15, 2019

Hearty Winter Stew with Nappa Cabbage Salad
January 29, 2019

Open Your Heart to High Jinx - Coq Au Vin & Decadent Chocolate Fudge
February 12, 2019

Register online.

Guest Chef, Deb Abbot
Love People. Cook them tasty food.

"A little about me! My name is Deb (Deborah) Abbott and I love to cook, but especially I love to cook with the local ingredients that are available to us in the Ottawa area.  I’ve been cooking since I was 5 with my English grandmother.  Each week she would take me to shop for our family’s food – usually to the Parkdale Market for our vegetables and fruit, or to a neighbourhood farmer. Our meat came from the local butcher in Westboro who sourced his meats from local farmers and our other staples came from the IGA store in Westboro. We would bring everything home in our little buggy. Every fall we would put root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, potatoes into our root cellar and we would pickle beets, cucumbers, preserve fruits, make jams and get ready for a long winter.   

Over the years I’ve taken some hands on cooking classes here and there; and I’ve also taken food safety classes to make sure I don’t harm anyone when I’m making my preserves.  I also have my Food Handling Certificate. We love to entertain and I love to feed people - nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing good food with friends and neighbours.  I’m also proud to say that some of my recipes have won awards in local cooking competitions; and I’ve been featured on several occasions in the National Post Gastropost weekly section.  I often visit our local producers' farms, orchards and gardens to learn more about how our food is harvested and raised. Many of these producers are now my friends; we share a common bond of our love of food.  I am inspired to create and prepare meals by the four seasons we experience in Eastern Ontario. I am also most proud to say that I was featured in Edible Ottawa Magazine.

Gluten Free Baking Workshop

Join experienced and knowledgeable local bakers, Nina LaPage and Marianne van derJagt this January for a new Gluten Free Baking Workshop. Learnjoy of gluten-free baking and the varieties of flours involved in making perfectly delicious baked goods (every time!). No more grit or sawdust textures. Learn to bake fresh, quick and yeasted breads for yourself or those who are gluten intolerant in your life. Delicious samples included.

Leave with knowledge, recipes, ideas and small baked goods to share at home! Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Manor Park Community Centre.

Quick & Yeasted Breads
January 24, 2019
$45
Register online

Sweet & Savoury Tarts & Pies
March 21, 2019
$45
Register online

Seed Crackers & Healthy Snacks
May 23, 2019
$45
Register online.


Make & Take Workshops

Essential Oils: Cold & Flu and Cheerful Sunshine Blend

Join us for a hands-on workshop making two essential oil roller ball recipes. We will make a Cold & Flu supportive blend and a Cheerful Sunshine blend. You will leave with two essential oil rollerballs to promote wellness and healing. Supplies included.

Monday
January 14, 2019
7:00 – 8:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$35
Register online.

Essential Oils:  Superwoman Blend and Claming Lavender Bath Salts

Join us for a hands-on workshop creating two special aromatherapy products. The Superwoman blend will celebrate your unique beautiful self. We will also make a spa lavender bath salt blend. You will leave with one essential oil-filled rollerball and a personal-sized package of calming lavender bath salts. Supplies included.
 
Monday
May 6, 2019
7:00 – 8:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$35
Register online.
Essential oils workshops are lead by Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher with 20 years of experience in the area of wellness, mindfulness and work life balance.  

Flower Nite at Manor Park

A new kind of night out! Learn how to create a beautiful, fresh and modern floral arrangement! Local floral artists -- Flower Nite -- will teach you to built the perfect arrangement to give as a gift or for the perfect table centerpiece. Bring your friends and try something new. Leave with your very own beautiful and colourful arrangement. Supplies included.
 
Tuesday
February 12, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$50
Register online.

Terrarium Workshop

Join us for our first Terrarium Workshop! Leave with your very own, living, breathing terrarium -- and the knowledge to care for it. Supplies included.

Urban Botanist -- “Our workshops provide the perfect balance of craft, design, interactive learning, team bonding, and plant therapy. We are dedicated to passing on our knowledge about terrariums and ecosystems through our workshops, while having fun at the same time!”

Thursday
March 7, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$60
Register online.

Kokedama Workshop

A Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered with beautiful, soft, moss, on which a living, ornamental plant grows. The method originates in Japan. Leave this workshop with your very own, living, breathing kokedama -- and the knowledge to care for it. 

Urban Botanist -- “Our workshops provide the perfect balance of craft, design, interactive learning, team bonding, and plant therapy. We are dedicated to passing on our knowledge about terrariums and ecosystems through our workshops, while having fun at the same time!” 
 
Thursday
May 2, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$60
Register online.


Manor Park Talks

Manor Park residents share their expertise and experiences in a new speaker series.  Each talk will take place in the renovated Manor Park Community Centre.

Talks are one hour in length and generally include a question and answer period. Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is free -- but a donation to The Opportunity Fund is welcomed.  Space is limited.  Please register online to attend.

Residents who have a topic they wish to speak about -- or a field that they are experts in -- are invited to let us know.  If there is a topic of interest that should be presented to the community, please get in touch!

Information and opinions expressed by speakers at Manor Park Talks or at workshops are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Manor Park Community Council. 
 

How to Raise Your Game on Public Speaking

with Asokan Thurairajah

Asokan has been a public speaker since childhood - participating in speech competitions, being part of debating clubs, being involved in social committees, etc. A Toastmaster for over 13 years, Asokan has mentored many adults with their public speaking development journey. Through Toastmasters and self development techniques, he has developed a system that supports rapid growth of an individual's public speaking talent.

This talk will help listeners to identify roadblocks in their public speaking and help them to find tools and strategies to overcome them.
November 13, 2018

Mulling wine for the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching! There is a crispness in the air! Join Genevieve & Jodi to learn about mulling warm and flavourful wines for the holidays. Find out which wines to pair with traditional holiday meals -- and the best wines for gifting, entertaining and mulling! Genevieve discusses pairing, and Jodi will walk listeners through the proper process in which to mull a rich and flavourful holiday wine, using an array of spices sourced from her own small business, Cardamom and Cloves. An evening of delectable scents and flavours.

Presenters:
Genevieve Brisson is a Sommelier at Soif Bar au Vin in Gatineau, Quebec.  Jodi Samis is owner of Cardamon & Cloves (cardamomandcloves.ca or on Instagram: @cardamom_and_cloves).
December 11, 2018

Reducing Inflammation for Lifelong Health and Vitality

with Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

Give yourself an inspiring start to the new year! Louise Hannant is a fitness and wellness professional. She will share her knowledge about controlling inflammation for lifelong health and the evidence that inflammation contributes to degerative diseases.

Could inflammation be causing your achy joints or swollen feet? Is it wreaking havoc on your internal organs? Learn behavioural tweaks that can help you reduce your risk for inlammation.

Tuesday
January 8, 2019
7:00 - 8:00pm
Donations welcome

A Whole Approach to Weight Loss with Heather Scott, Lap Band Coach

This new year, join Heather Scott as she discusses the “3 pillars of weight loss” - thought process, habits and nutrition, in an interactive discussion.
 
Heather has her own “Step By Step Weight Loss Program” which seeks to assist those who need help with their weight loss approach, leading them to a healthier more active life.
 
“I lost all of my extra weight (about 75 pounds!) and have kept it off! After being heavy since a child, I chose to have the lap band surgery after having kids. I soon found out though after reaching a weight loss plateau, that going through weight loss surgery is not a magic wand. I self discovered through research and trial & error what is needed to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight. Through this I’ve created unique methodology for weight loss that has helped many individuals.”
 
Heather holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in medical devices and is well versed in different weight loss surgeries, mainstream weight loss programs and new research on weight loss and weight gain.
Tuesday
January 15, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Donations welcome
Register online to attend

Crime Prevention: Creating Balance Between Social Interventions & Enforcement with Melanie Bania

Director of Youth Justice Services at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Melanie Bania, will share her expertise in crime prevention and community development.  She will also share her experience in what support youth and families need to have positive life experiences and outcomes -- at all ages. 

Tuesday
February 12, 2019
7:00 – 8:00pm
Dontations welcome
Register online to attend

Self Regulation, Calming Techniques & Essential Oils for Children with Nathalie Gagnon

Parents, educators and health care professionals are increasingly interested in strategies to promote self-regulation in children. Speech pathologist, Nathalie Gagnon, will review the 'Zones of Regulation', breathing techniques and strategies used by professionals in her field.

Tuesday
March 5, 2019
7:00 – 8:00pm
Dontations welcome
Register online to attend

Ways of Looking at Art: A presentation by Gary Goodacre, Chief of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada

Think you need to be an expert to understand art?  You are better at interpreting art then you might think!  Join us for a fun and interactive session where you will learn about different masterpieces in your national collection, and the different ways to look at diverse types of art.
 
Tuesday
April 9, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Donations welcome
Register online to attend

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy for Healing & Wellness with Nathalie Gagnon

Essential oils are reputed to enhance wellness. Local yoga instructor and wellness facilitator, Nathalie Gagnon, will share information regarding the use of essential oils to enhance wellness. She will explore the benefits of 10 different essential oils, where they come from, practical application, use and highlight how these oils can benefit your health and well-being. 

Tuesday
May 14, 2010
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Register online to attend

The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) strives to give people with disabilities the same opportunities to access and benefit from our services as others, and to provide services while respecting their dignity and independence.  For our policies or to tell us how we are doing:

mpcc@manorpark.ca
office: 100 Braemar Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 3C9 613-741-4776
community centre: 100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4Y1  613-741-4753