Teens and Adults

 


Adult Fitness
Adult Improv
Adult Art
Adult Craft
Adult Workshops
Manor Park Art Sale
Manor Park Strings
Manor Park Talks


Adult Fitness

Please click here for more information and to register for ANY MPCC fitness classes. 

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us

Core and Full Body Workout

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.

Instructor: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer       
      
Wednesdays
Manor Park Community Centre
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hatha Yoga

This is a classical Hatha flow class for all levels. You will stretch, unwind and use different breathing exercises as well as a nice relaxating cool down. Its a great way to unwind after a good a long week.

Instructors: Rebeca Rondon and Nina LePage

Tuesdays
Manor Park Community Centre
6:00 - 7:00 PM

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

Thursdays
Manor Park Community Centre
10:30 - 12:30 PM
11:45 - 12:45 PM


Adult Improv

Improv Comedy Basics
*Each 4-week course can be taken independently and will build a distinct set of skills.

Have you always wanted to learn improv? Learn new skills in a safe, SUPPORTIVE environment and develop your ability to think on your feet in this 4-week course. This course is designed for people with little to no improv background will allow you to become comfortable being on stage, develop authentic characters and features a workshop on character. Each class will last 2 hours. They will be structured in three phases: warm-up, games, and wrap up. Learning concepts will be presented as needed. There will be time after each game to analyse the scene and get audience feedback.

POSTPONED

Narrative Improv Course
*Each 4-week course can be taken independently and will build a distinct set of skills.

Are you looking to learn more about narrative? Work on character growth and narrative arcs in this fun 4-week course. This course is perfect for someone who has completed the first session, or has a little improv experience and wants to build their narrative and worldbuilding skills. Each class will last 2 hours. They will be structured in three phases: warm-up, games, and wrap up. Learning concepts will be presented as needed. There will be time after each game to analyse the scene and get audience feedback.

POSTPONED


Adult Art Classes

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. 

Saturdays
Oct 17 - Dec 5, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$170
Register Online

Acrylic Painting - with Antonia Weetman

Enjoy painting and building on techniques for mixing colour and making an appealing composition. Classes will look at tone, focus on colour mixing and landscape, before exploring techniques like palette knife painting and abstract. All levels welcome. 

Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.

Wednesdays
Nov 11 - Dec 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$140
Register Online

Still Life Exploration - with Anotnia Weetman

Still lives can give us a particular focus for our art. Join Antonia to explore painting and drawing still life compositions - including fruit, flowers and more! Course will touch on the concept of ‘momento mori’ often found in still lives, a reminder of the inevitability of decay. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.

Saturdays
Nov 14 - Dec 19, 2020
$140
Register Online


Adult Craft

Sew Amazing Sundays All Day Sew-A-Thon

Kick off the fall with the Sew Amazing Sunday sewists for a full day of sewing at the Manor Park Community Centre. Need somewhere to sew with likeminded individuals? Need some assistance with a difficult pattern? Join social group of enthusiastic sewists and share your love of fabric hoarding, project starting and the immense gratification that finishing the perfect project brings! Self-guided. Bring your own materials.

Small group size. Work spaces will be sufficiently distanced. Masks are required to be worn inside the building. New HEPA filters installed to support excellent air quality.
Sew Amazing Sundays

Sunday
Dec 13, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$15
Register Online

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!

Every other Sunday
Oct 4 - Nov 29, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 PM
$10 drop in
Pre-Register Online

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 der Jagt, Christine Bloch & Nina LePage for a weekly social knitting club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Attending is free! But a small weekly donation is welcome!

Mondays
Starting Sept 28, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Free
Let us know you're coming!


Adult Workshops

Mobility and Flexibility Restoration through Stretching with Dr. Matin Zollinger
We talked about your posture, spine, ergonomics and how to take breaks to keep you energetic and feeling great, now we start stretching!

We should have 90-100 years of good movement and more importantly good health - but this is not the reality for most of the population - where and why do we go wrong?

Come and join Dr. Martin to learn how to restore your mobility, your flexibility and how to get (and stay) healthy from top to bottom and most importantly from the inside out!

In part two of our three part series, Dr. Martin will teach you how simple it is to get and stay healthy and will walk you through the best stretches for neck and back!

Whether it's the nagging tension between the shoulders, or a burning sensation you cannot get rid of, or that tight and  stiff neck from all the sitting these days, or that chronic low back  - research shows us the right stretching exercises you can do - and in what order!

Tune in and learn how to keep loose and mobile through this pandemic with all the Zoom, sitting and being so sedentary. This is very relevant to all ages, so grab a seat and join us!

Thursday
November 19 2020
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Online
Register Online

Why Posture is Important with Dr. Martin Zollinger
Text Neck, tech neck - Neck Pain - Upper Back Tension/Burning - Shoulder Pain - Headaches - Arm Numbness?

How many of these resonate with you or someone in your household? None of these symptoms are normal - yet so many people struggle with them every day!

Why do people suffer? Some people have had accidents (a slip, strain, fall, or maybe an old car accident) BUT the number one cause of these symptoms is chronic postural strain - either at the school computer, the ‘home office’ (aka dining room table or kitchen island), sitting through a Zoom meeting, or binge watching Netflix!

Join Dr. Martin for the first of his series of classes that will change the way you think about those nagging aches and pains. Come prepared for a ‘hands on’ interactive evening and learn why these problems occur; and more importantly what to do about them. We will go through stretches and strengthening exercises and it's interactive (as much as we can online!) so questions are most welcome.

Next session Thursday November 19!
Registration coming soon!

Virtual LEGO® Building Online for Adults
Join the LEGO® guy, Ian Dudley of Orange STEM Education, for online LEGO engineering classes that will teach you virtual LEGO building using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) application. You will learn the basics of the program: how to create and save building instructions, how to select, connect and rotate pieces, and how to change colours. Ian will lead you in a succession of Technic projects and you will build tools, structures and machines including vise grips, a drawbridge and other mechanisms. All your projects can be saved on your computer for future use, and you will learn how to render them as high-quality realistic images. With your knowledge of online LEGO building, you will be able to create other virtual projects to share at home.

Fridays
November 13 - Dec 4, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 AM
$90
Register Online

Macrame Hanging Planter
Learn how to create a fun and trendy macramé hanging planter – complete with pot and real plant! Kaitlin Shears of Minimalist Macrame will guide you through the steps to create a beautiful hanging planter, perfect to bring some fresh, greenery to your home this spring. All supplies included.
March 5, 2020

Don't Waste Your Waste: Pestos, Leafy Greens & Pickles
Create delicious meals using all the odds and ends that may otherwise end up in the compost - or event worst - the trash! This class will guide you to better understand how to get the most out of whats in your kitchen! Don't waste your waste - turn it into healthy and hearty meals. Reduce your waste and get the most out of your dollar! All supplies & samples included.
March 25, 2020

Don't Waste Your Waste: Broths
Learn ways to keep vegetable trimmings on hand to make delicious vegetable and chicken broths and avoid costly high sodium store bought versions! This class will guide you to better understand how to get the most out of whats in your kitchen! Don't waste your waste - turn it into healthy and hearty meals. Reduce your waste and get the most out of your dollar! All supplies & samples included.
April 22, 2020

Gluten Free: Pizza & Doughs
Who doesn’t love pizza? Now even those with mild to severe gluten intolerances can enjoy this family friendly staple. Learn to make gluten free pizzas and crusts for crowd pleasing pizzas.
April 4, 2020

Gluten Free: Muffins to go!
Delicious gluten free muffins for people on the go! There are many ways to make quick, delicious muffins that are gluten free and still super tasty. Gluten sensitive – or not - learn how to make both savoury and sweet muffins.
May 2, 2020

Easter Chick Cake Topper
Learn to make edible Easter chicks in a delicious chocolate nest! Create adorable fondant chicks and chocolate nest by following a simple step-by-step process. Techniques learned will be transferable to other cake toppers, so be prepared to go on to impress your friends and family with your cake topping skills. All skill levels welcome. Ages 12 and up. All under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
April 8, 2020

Essential Oils & Yin Yoga: Self-Care Using Mindset Techniques & Essential Oils
All participants will receive a complimentary 15 minute, Yin Yoga session and leave with calming essential oil infused bath salts.

Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you how best to use essential oils when considering self-care and mindset techniques. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home.
April 6, 2020

Essential Oils & Yin Yoga: Kids Support
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speach Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, to learn how best to use essential oils to support the children in your life. All participants will receive a complimentary 15 minute Yin Yoga session and leave with a 5ml essential oil filled rollerball of a calming bedtime blend suitable for children. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home.
May 4, 2020

Urban Ikebana with The Urban Botanist
Urban Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging. Find out how the modern Japanese art of flower arranging differs from Western-style arrangement. Discover the main principles of Sogetsu ikebana, including the importance of line, space and mass. Learn how to use a kenzan (or “pin frog”) to create a naturalistic effect with dramatic angles. Begin this truly Zen practice by making your own, minimalist fresh-flower arrangement in a typical, Japanese-style shallow vessel (suiban) to take home. All materials provided. Light snacks provided.
June 5, 2020

Cake Decorating Techniques
Join Sophie as she takes you through a new cake decorating technique each week. You will learn skills and techniques to decorate professional and tasteful looking cakes. From icings to fondants, this is a great place to get started learning useful and life-long skills. All supplies included.
January - February 2020

Warm Hearts Lunch Club - IS BACK!
Don't eat lunch alone this winter. Warm your heart and share a delicious, freshly prepared lunch with friends and neighbours. Join us for Warm Hearts Lunch Club, where you will learn how to and help prepare a delicious new recipe - then sit down with fellow friends and neighbours to enjoy a beautiful lunch! All ages and skill levels welcome.

Session #1 - Fish Tacos Anyone?!
Join in and make your own FRESH tortillas from scratch - to serve with delicious fish tacos - along with all the accompaniments and a beautiful apple, fennel slaw. Delicious!! Tacos can be made vegetarian or vegan!
January 2020

Session #2 - Vegetarian Burgers with Pizazz!
Join in to make healthy, flavourful beet burgers, which will be served on homemade buns, with quick pickled cucumbers, crispy shallots! A lovely mixed green salad with maple vinaigrette and candied walnuts will be prepared as a side. A menu not to miss!
Postponed

Essential Oils: Learn the Basics of Essential Oils
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you through the basics of Essential Oils and their uses. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home. All participants will leave with new knowledge and a 15ml Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lemon Oil.
January 2020

Essential Oils: Managing Stress & Anxiety
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you through the uses of essential oils when managing stress and anxiety. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home. All participants will leave with a 5ml Relaxing Rollerball Blend, for easy and clean application.
February 2020

Moss Frame Workshop with The Urban Botanist
Design your own unique frame with preserved Scandinavian reindeer moss. Learn all about how this moss grows, where it comes from and how to care for it! Best news of all? These Moss Frames are very low maintenance! Great for all ages. Bring your creativity to life! Explore layering of textures and colours in your frame with natural moss. All supplies included. Each participant will leave with a 12.5" x 12.5" filled moss frame. Perfect to breathe some freshness into your home this winter. All supplies included. Ages 14+
February 2020


Manor Park Strings

Manor Park's chamber orchestra is looking for people who play violin, viola, cello and bass. United by their enjoyment of learning and playing a classical repertoire, this group meets bi-weekly at the Manor Park Community Centre for guided rehearsals. Brigitte Amyot (Masters in Chamber Music, University of Ottawa), directs the group and guides with years of expertise.

New players welcome. Approximately Grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music or Suzuki Book 4 levels are recommended. The conductor will quickly assess each participants playing level to be sure the group is right fit - this is not an audition.

manorparkstrings.com

Dates for Fall/Winter 2020 to be determined


Manor Park Art Sale

Art created by local artists, will be proudly displayed in the entrance of the Manor Park Community Centre. Great viewing for residents and visitors. All pieces available for purchase.

Artists wishing to have their pieces considered must apply.

To apply, submit via email to ssears@manorpark.ca the following:

  • high quality .jpg or .png file of art work
  • artist's name
  • contact information
  • brief biography
  • artist's statement (200 words maximum)
  • title of the work
  • year
  • medium
  • exact size (including frame, if applicable) and
  • price

All mediums accepted for consideration (photography, painting, mixed media, textile, sculpture, etc...)

Artwork sale transactions will be handled by MPCC and 20% of the selling price will be taken by the MPCC as commission. Revenue generated will support recreation programs for residents in financial need through The Opportunity Fund.

Unsold artwork will be returned to the artist after a period of approximately 6 months. Artwork that has been sold will be available to the buyer for pick-up no later than the end of the 6 month-term that works will be on display. Amateurs and professionals are welcome to submit their work for consideration. Only those whose work is selected for display will be contacted.


Manor Park Talks

Do you have a story to tell? The MPCC is looking for people from all walks of life wanting to share their stories. Storytelling predates writing. It brings people together. It is a means of entertainment, cultural expression, education and can teach lessons or moral values. Celebrate storytelling in 2020 with us at the Manor Park Community Centre.

We want to hear your story! Silly, sad, heartfelt, passionate, heartbreaking and everything in between.
Contact ssears@manorpark.ca for criteria and availability.

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 I learned to be Fearless and Vulnerable in the pursuit of the Impossible with Melanie Rebane
A local Manor Park Mom, beat all the odds when she competed in the British Columbia Bike Race. 

"Have you ever just set the wheels in motion to achieve something so impossible that you don’t tell a soul for months for fear they will talk you out of it or affirm your negative self talk for all the reasons that it’s unreasonable? Like deciding to race in an 8 day mountain biking stage race in BC with olympic and pro riders, people who live and breath mountain biking - and you just got back on your back after 15 years and it might as well be the first time.?
With plenty of road blocks and really good reasons to quit many times, I pushed myself to my physical and mental limits  in a fearless pursuit to prove to no one but myself that I was stronger than I thought. I needed to know the answer to “what if?” - what if I just kept going? What if I just embraced the vulnerability of a process that would be new and push new boundaries every day. Where would it take me and how might it change me?

Join me as I share the experience of journey to Riding the BC Bike Race - it has almost nothing to do with a bike and everything to do with with  reaching past who you think you are to become  something new."
January 2020

Key Concepts in Àbadakone: Continuity, Relatedness and Activation with Gary Goodacre, Chief of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada
Learn about the newest exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada’s series of presentations of contemporary international Indigenous art, Abadakone. Discover how gallery programming, artist performances and community activities engage us with the creativity, concerns and vitality of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world.
February 2020

Father, Daughter Hike through Camino De Santiago with Mark Lowry
The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimages, totalling 800km, leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. In 2015, Mark completed this trek with his daughter Taylor. Before, during and after they took on this endeavor they were often asked - Why? Mark will share his top ten reasons for taking this challenge, including his most personal and unexpected discovery, which was the deep bonding and reshaping of his relationship with his daughter.
March 30, 2020
 

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