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is the fastest growing area of the city, just 20 km southwest of Ottawa's downtown core.

Before municipal amalgamation in 2001, Barrhaven was a neighbourhood in the City of Nepean with fewer than 35,000 people. With the many new developments being built, Barrhaven's population will surpass 100,000 in just a few years.

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Friday Decmeber 4th, 2015

It's a couple of weeks since Barrhaven's Santa Parade but I am still smiling. What a great community we love to live in. Thanks go to all of you who came out in the tens of thousands to enjoy the spirit of the season. My fellow float riders had great fun, Marin with friends Fiona, Abby, and Katie, Jonah with friends Owen and Wesley and Robert with buddy Tyler danced and carried on.  It was a great time. I was speaking with BBIA Chair and Vice Chair, Jason and JC about the possibility of kicking off Christmas in 2016 with the 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. Is this something your family would enjoy? Let me know and I can't say it too often, "Shop Barrhaven!"

Community Events

RBC Free Public Skating Weekends
Starting Saturday, November 28th, 2015 and until Sunday, March 27th, 2016, all public skating sessions held in City arenas on Saturdays and Sundays will be free again this winter, compliments of a sponsorship agreement between the City and RBC, as part of the City’s Community Champions Program. See www.ottawa.ca for public skating locations and schedules.

The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus - "Christmas Around the World"
Enjoying Christmas music is a traditional way to start the season. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) will perform "Christmas Around the World" Saturday, December 5th at 7 pm and again on Sunday, December 6th at 2:30 pm at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata. This 40 plus ladies choir under the direction of Robert Dueck, will treat the audience to traditional Christmas songs from different countries. Now in its fourth year, the WOLC has attracted a loyal audience that looks to this performance to put them in the spirit of this joyous season. Advanced tickets -$15 are available from choir and Chorale members as well as at Gaia Java - 1300 Main Street Stittsville; Kanata Barbershop - 2 Beaverbrook Road Kanata; and Robin’s Nest - 98 Mill Street Almonte. Tickets at the door are $20.

Christmas with Mozart
The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and JJs, whose members live in Kanata, Stittsville, Glen Cairn, Richmond, Barrhaven, Munster, and Carp, are looking forward to their seasonal concert performance entitled "Christmas With Mozart". This year they will be performing Mozart's Missa Solemnis, along with a wide variety of Christmas pieces in several different languages. All three of the GJS ensembles will be featured on this programme: Children, Teen, and Adult choirs, and will be accompanied by organ, piano, and a string ensemble. There will be two concerts at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Road in Kanata on Saturday, December 5th at 7 pm and Sunday, December 6th at 3 pm. Please see www.gjsingers.com for more information and ticket details.

Mayor's 15th Annual Christmas Celebration
On Saturday, December 5th come skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams, feast on hot chocolate and BeaverTails, roast marshmallows, and have horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza - all part of the fun of the Mayor's Christmas Party. Inside City Hall, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, make a craft in Santa's Workshop, enjoy live performances in Santa's Theatre and indulge in special treats from Farm Boy, Lindt, and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. To help those in need, and to share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall on the day of the event from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Come Sing Noel
On Sunday, December 6th at 7:30 pm at the Barrhaven United Church, Barrhaven's Local Church Choirs will host an evening of Christmas Music. The concert is free but any monetary donations will go directly to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

Barrhaven Community Carol Sing
On Sunday December 13th, starting a 7 pm, the Barrhaven Presbyterian Church (4010 Strandherd Drive) is pleased to be hosting a Community Carol Sing. Music will be provided by Gloria Jean Nagy, Asuquo Eniang, Michael Morris and Jean Pierre Bernard. Bring your singing voices and a non perishable food donation for the Barrhaven Food Bank.

Winter in the City
The cold and the snow are just around the corner so get out and enjoy the season by going for a skate at a City facility, sign up for a course, join the excitement at Lansdowne for the Ottawa 67s or attend a Senators game, enjoy the arts at Centrepointe Theatres and Shenkman Arts Centre, or discover the past at a City museum or the Ottawa Archives. Come visit City Hall, home to the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. Be sure to check out Winter in the City (www.ottawa.ca/en/winter-city) to keep up to date on what’s happening around town this season.

Hotspurs Recreational Indoor Soccer
In 2015, the Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club celebrated 45 years of community service. This remarkable achievement results from the efforts of countless volunteers providing the guidance and structure for thousands of players at all ages and skill levels, wearing the distinctive red and white stripe, playing the beautiful game.
The Recreational Indoor Soccer Program is now accepting registration. The program runs 15 weeks from November to the end of February and includes all levels and ages up to U14. Please visit their website at www.nepeanhotspurs.ca to register online.

Construction Updates
Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
Greenbank Road looks so different this week, now that so many of the orange construction barrels are gone from Berrigan/Wessex to Marketplace. Once the traffic signals are installed at the Marketplace intersection, the double left turn lane will open.
Work is active near the Malvern/Foxfield intersection over the next few weeks, along the east side of the work zone. After that is finished, there will be 2 lanes for northbound traffic over the winter. Rogers continues to work on relocation of their infrastructure.
Work on the bridge and the storm water wet well are continuing and will continue over the winter. There is low impact to traffic, since both of these work areas are in the excavation area. Have you wondered why there is a person stopping traffic at the railway crossing when no train is passing? The railway crossing is regulated by federal law and obligates the City and VIA to jointly provide a safe crossing for all trains and all roadway users. The traffic control person stops traffic in advance of the railway crossing to prevent a vehicle from being stopped on the tracks. There are signs that indicate to drivers, "Don't stop on the tracks", but due to the traffic volumes on Greenbank and the construction activity that can add to traffic queues, (eg slow moving dump truck, or work at a signalized intersection), the traffic control person is there for safety reasons during work hours. Thank you for your continuing patience as you travel through the detour and please be cautious at all railway crossings.

Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Looking to connect with other older adults (55+) in Barrhaven?  Our weekly clubs for Cribbage, Euchre and Bridge have room for more players. Come and have fun, enjoy the variety of snacks provided by our sponsors, and meet new people. There is no cost to join. The Barrhaven Seniors' Council news and calendar for December is now available. For an email copy, please contact Don at 613-440-3620 or online www.facebook.com/groups/barrhavenseniorscouncil/

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